Gareth Bale assists Cristiano Ronaldo's goal with back-heel nutmeg

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All eyes were on Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane heading into Real Madrid's Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund tonight.

Reports have suggested all week that there's a distinct tension between the two after Zidane substituted the Portuguese superstar with 20 minutes remaining of Saturday's 2-2 draw with Las Palmas.

Ahead of the game at Signal Iduna Park, Real's manager attempted to refute rumours of a rift between he and Ronaldo.


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The Frenchman said: "Everything is normal. It is not just Cristiano - all players can be angry when they leave the pitch.

"We're already thinking about tomorrow's game. I took the decision for the good of the player. Nothing has changed.

"All this talk [about the incident], more than about tomorrow's game, well we must live with that. We are relaxed. I'm not stupid, and he is intelligent."

Well, if ever there was a way to quell said rumours then it was Ronaldo scoring against Dortmund and celebrating with his manager.

And that's exactly what he did, but only after Gareth Bale pulled off a sublime piece of skill to set him up for the game's opener (see below).


From James Rodriguez's pass, Bale nutmegged his marker with a back heel to find Ronaldo, who duly fired home.

And here's an image of Ronaldo shaking hands with Zidane to celebrate.

Real would later concede an equaliser, though, following an awful piece of goalkeeping from Keylor Navas.

The Costa Rican parried Gonzalo Castro's tame free-kick straight into the path of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who the ball rebounded off and then Raphael Varane before trickling into the bottom-left corner.

It's all square at half-time.

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