Football

Zidane 'angry' with Real for losing lead

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane admitted that he was "a bit angry" after his side blew a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with Borussia Dortmund yesterday morning (Singapore time).

Two goals from Karim Benzema, the second his 50th in his 88th Champions League appearance, appeared to put the home side in control.

But Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's 19th goal in as many games was followed by an 88th-minute equaliser from substitute Marco Reus, which meant Dortmund finished top of Group F.

"When you see how the second half went, you get a bit angry," said Zidane.

"We had the game in our hands, but this is football. You need to carry on right to the end.

"There were a lot of chances to score the third goal. Instead, we let Dortmund back into the game.

"Dortmund deserved first place. They demonstrated how strong they are.

  • GROUP WINNERS: Arsenal, Napoli, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Monaco, Borussia Dortmund, Leicester City, Juventus

    RUNNERS-UP: Paris St Germain, Benfica, Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen, Real Madrid, Porto, Sevilla.

    • Last-16 draw takes place on Monday

"They're a strong side who make life difficult and, at the end of the day, we needed to be a bit more on it, but it's in the past now.

VERY PROUD

"I'm very proud of the players, their hard work, the things they did."

While Zidane confessed to mixed emotions, Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel enjoyed the experience.

He said: "We did pretty well at the beginning. After that, there were a lot of mistakes and wrong decisions.

"For the decisive goal, it looked like Aubameyang had crossed it one touch too late, but luckily he did not and Reus was able to arrive at full speed and bury it."

Reus felt the comeback was an important display of character. "It was very important to stand up to Real Madrid twice," he said. - PA SPORT

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