Dortmund notches Europa League spot despite defeat to Real Madrid

Borussia Dortmund has mitigated a continental disaster, booking a Europa League spot despite a 3-2 defeat to Real Madrid Wednesday at the Santiago Bernabeu.

A Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang brace on either side of the interval was enough to secure third place, narrowly beating out Cypriot minnow APOEL, who slumped to defeat against Tottenham at Wembley.

Peter Bosz’s BVB entered the day knowing that Spurs had already secured Group H honours, with Real Madrid joining the north London lot in the Round of 16, but for the Bundesliga behemoth accustomed with continental progression, a fourth-placed finish would have amounted to a shock catastrophe.

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For the majority of the first half, it looked like Dortmund would face disaster head on after Borja Mayoral and Cristiano Ronaldo gave the host an early two-goal advantage. All the while APOEL – who entered the day level with the Germans – made a good account of itself at Tottenham’s temporary digs. A debut goal for Fernando Llorente and a …read more