Ronaldo leads Real past Dortmund, in-form Kane fires Spurs

LONDON: Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice on his 400th Real Madrid appearance as the Champions League holders defeated Borussia Dortmund 3-1 to stay at the top of Group ‘H’ along with Tottenham, Hotspur for whom Harry Kane grabbed a hat-trick in a 3-0 win at APOEL Nicosia on Tuesday.

Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw at Spartak Moscow to remain winless after two matches, while Manchester City made it two wins in a row with a 2-0 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk in England.

FC Porto picked up a stunning 3-0 victory at AS Monaco, while Sevilla easily defeated NK Maribor of Slovenia 3-0 in Spain.

Gareth Bale struck an exquisite volley as record 12-time European champions Real secured an 18th-minute lead at Signal Iduna Park, with the Welshman supplying Ronaldo for Real’s second just after half-time.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang poked in Gonzalo Castro’s cross to give Dortmund hope, but Ronaldo — who had also found the net twice in the team’s opening 3-0 win against APOEL — rifled past Roman Burki to cement a second straight win for Real and leave the Germans still without a point.

It was the first time Dortmund have lost at home to Real in seven European games while holders Real have now scored in 38 successive Champion League games.

Ronaldo, without a goal in his last two outings following his return from a five-match domestic ban, took his Real haul to 411 on what was also his 150th career appearance in Europe.

“I’m delighted for Ronaldo and Bale,” said Real coach Zinedine Zidane. “It is difficult to play in this stadium, we have never won here, so this victory was important to us, and the whole game was good for us from start to finish.”

England striker Kane notched his sixth hat-trick of the year — and made it 11 goals for club and country in September — as Spurs backed up their opening victory over Dortmund with a comfortable win in Cyprus.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side survived an early scare when Igor De Camargo rattled the crossbar, but Kane’s clinical finish six minutes before the interval settled the visitors down.

Kane converted his second on 62 minutes and sealed his treble with a terrific header five minutes later to leave Spurs level on six points alongside Real ahead of their double-header with Zidane’s team.

“There were some good performances from players who are not regulars and a hat-trick for Harry Kane, it was a fantastic performance,” said Pochettino.

Kevin De Bruyne curled in a sublime 25-yard strike as Manchester City overcame spirited resistance from Shakhtar Donestk, with Raheem Sterling completing the victory at Eastlands.

Pep Guardiola’s men top Group ‘F’ with six points, three more than Shakhtar and Napoli, and the Premier League leaders could even afford a missed penalty from Sergio Aguero whose effort was turned away by Andriy Pyatov.

Napoli, who opened group play with a 2-1 loss at Shakhtar, rebounded with a convincing 3-1 home win over Feyenoord.

Dries Mertens extended his red-hot form by scoring one goal and setting up another, while Lorenzo Insigne and Jose Callejon also found the net.

Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina kept out Jens Toornstra’s second-half penalty, as Sofyan Amrabat’s stoppage-time goal was scant consolation for the Dutch champions who remain pointless.

LIVERPOOL HELD IN RUSSIA

Missed chances were costly for Liverpool as they dropped points again in Russia despite a sparkling strike from Philippe Coutinho.

Coutinho linked up superbly with Sadio Mane to cancel out Fernando’s free-kick in the 31st minute, but Liverpool were unable to claim a winner as they recorded a second straight draw in Group ‘E’.

“In the Champions League group stage, the only target is to go through to the next round. That’s now possible for us. There were a lot of good things tonight,” said a positive-thinking Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp.

Spartak look set for more UEFA punishment after their fans displayed a banner reading “UEFA mafia” and set off smoke bombs. They were protesting UEFA’s decision to punish the club for a flare fired at the referee during the club’s previous Champions League fixture.

Wissam Ben Yedder-fuelled Sevilla took the group lead with the comfortable home win against Maribor of Slovenia.

Joaquin Correa’s dazzling run left the French striker with a simple tap-in for the opening goal after 27 minutes in Spain.

Ben Yedder then tucked away a second before the break and rounded out his hat-trick from the penalty spot late on as Sevilla moved top of the section on four points, two more than both Liverpool and Spartak.

Porto earned their first group win by stunning French champions Monaco in the principality in a repeat outcome of the 2004 final.

Monaco, last year’s semi-finalists, were taught a lesson in counterattacking football as they remained winless following its opening 1-1 draw at RB Leipzig.

Vincent Aboubakar marked his return from suspension with goals in either half before Miguel Layun pounced on some slapstick defending in the closing moments as Porto bounced back from a home loss to Besiktas.

The Turkish champions top Group ‘G’ with maximum points following a 2-0 success at home to newcomers Leipzig despite an 11-minute stoppage for floodlight failure in Istanbul.

Ryan Babel slotted home after fine work from Cenk Tosun and Talisca headed in a sublime cross from Ricardo Quaresma as Besiktas picked up their first win at home in the competition since November 2007.