Real Madrid entered their game against Borussia Dortmund this evening with a curse to break.
Los Blancos, who have won the European Cup a record 12 times, haven’t won in any of their six visits to Dortmund.
And Zinedine Zidane was fully aware of the hoodoo hanging over Los Blancos.
“We have never won here and that will be the challenge for us because we always go out and try to win,” the Real boss told realmadrid.com. “We want to play well and I want to see a good game.
“We want to try and get as far as possible. Now we are at the group stage and when we get out of it we will see what happens. Tomorrow is an important game and we want to win it.”
Real opened their defence of the Champions League with a 3-0 win against APOEL Nicosia but a trip to Dortmund, who sit top of the Bundesliga, appeared a much more difficult test.
Yet Real made a bright start to proceedings and could have been 2-0 up within the first 11 minutes.
First, Dani Carvajal weaved his way into a good position but saw his shot saved, when a pass to Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale was the better option.
And less than a minute later, Ronaldo surprised everyone when he attempted to lay the ball off to Bale instead of going it alone.
Ronaldo surprised everyone
The Portuguese star is well known for being quite selfish and this was certainly one of those moments where he should have tried to score himself.
But his pass to Bale was brilliantly intercepted by Lukasz Piszczek, who cleared the ball behind for a corner.
Check it out below.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to Ronaldo’s surprise unselfishness.
Bale opened the scoring
Real didn’t have to wait much longer to open the lead, though.
Bale smashed a perfect first-time volley from Carvajal’s cross to give Zidane’s team the lead at Signal Iduna Park.
It was a moment of magic.
Carvajal: 'The team are confident and excited'
Real haven’t been at their astonishing best in La Liga but Carvajal said that their confidence hadn’t been knocked heading into the Dortmund contest.
“It's a big, important game and everyone wants to play in it,” the right-back said.
“The team are confident and excited - we are all pushing in the same direction and are encouraged.”