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Ronaldo could have been sent off..

Cristiano Ronaldo appears to kick out at Marcel Schmelzer

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All eyes were on Cristiano Ronaldo as Real Madrid took on Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League group stages on Tuesday night.

The Portuguese had hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons over the weekend after Zinedine Zidane substituted him in a La Liga game against Las Palmas.

Ronaldo wore his heart on his sleeve or, to put it another way, was clearly incredulous with the decision. He stormed onto the bench and started talking to himself for as long as ten minutes.

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What made it worse, Real Madrid conceded a late equaliser, giving Ronaldo fans plenty of weight in their argument that he should have been on the pitch.

Zidane drew a line under rumours of a rift between the pair by starting the 31-year-old against Dortmund and he paid him back by scoring the opening goal. Not only that, he went over to Zidane and shook his hand as part of his celebration.

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But there were some hints that Ronaldo was not himself. The three-time Ballon d'Or winner was far from his best in a game that would eventually finish 2-2 and he may have even been sent off if the referee had seen him kick out at Dortmund defender Marcel Schmelzer.

The pair were both challenging for the ball in the penalty area and Ronaldo was infuriated with the physicality of Schmelzer's tackle. He clearly kicks the German in the back of the legs. To his credit, Schmelzer made nothing of the challenge and play went on.

Take a look at the incident below:

Fuming fans

The referee may not have seen it but a number of fans certainly did. It is safe to say that they are not happy about it with some even suggesting Ronaldo's reputation will help him escape a retrospective ban from UEFA.

Here is the best reaction:

The game

Ronaldo opened the scoring in the 17th minute after Gareth Bale's slick back-heel gave him a clear shot on Roman Burki's goal. They were pegged back after Keylor Navas failed to deal with a free-kick, allowing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to tap in.

Raphael Varane's header in the 68th minute seemed to give Real Madrid a crucial win in Group F before Andre Schurrle buried a left-footed strike three minutes from time.

The two teams are joint top with four points each with Real Madrid ahead of the head-to-head record.

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Topics:
Zinedine Zidane
La Liga
Real Madrid
Football
Cristiano Ronaldo
UEFA Champions League
Borussia Dortmund

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