Cristiano Ronaldo marked his 150th European game with two goals as Real Madrid sealed a 3-1 victory at Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday to top their Champions League group.
Ronaldo claimed two second-half goals after Gareth Bale’s stunning early volley gave Real the lead at Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park
The Germans fought back when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang finally netted with just over half an hour left, but there was to be no repeat of last year’s 2-2 draw in Dortmund between the teams.
“Real were simply ruthless and used their chances,” said Dortmund midfielder Gonzalo Castro.
“We had the chance to make it 1-1, but instead we went 2-0 down and then it is always hard against Real.”
The result leaves Real top of Group H, just ahead of Tottenham Hotspur, who beat APOEL 3-0 away, with Dortmund third and six points adrift of Spurs, who they also lost 3-1 to in London.
Having also netted twice against APOEL, Ronaldo has now scored four goals in just two Champions League games this season.
He marked his 400th appearance for Madrid in total with another pair to leave him with 411 goals in the famous white shirt.
This is the first time Dortmund have lost at home to Real in seven European games while holders Madrid have now scored in 38 successive Champion League games.
Dortmund should have been awarded a penalty with 13 minutes gone when Sergio Ramos cleared Maximilian Philipp’s shot off the line and the ball deflected off his hand.
Ronaldo, who was left in acres of space, settled the tie by blasting home Luka Modric’s cross on 79 minutes with Madrid’s third goal on the break to take the game out of Dortmund’s grasp.