Football

Zidane waxes lyrical over Real after beating Dortmund

They may be stumbling in La Liga but European champions Real Madrid were "brilliant" in their 3-1 victory over in-form Borussia Dortmund, said coach Zinedine Zidane.

Real, who have dropped to sixth in the Spanish league, seven points off leaders Barcelona after six matches, were in sparkling form yesterday morning (Singapore time), outclassing the German Bundesliga leaders who had conceded just one goal in their first six Bundesliga matches.

It was also Real's first win at Dortmund after three defeats and three draws.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who last week started his first league game of the season following suspension, scored twice and Gareth Bale added another as they punished the German side for giving them too much space.

"We played a great game from start to finish. We could have scored more. We had chances," said Zidane, who led Real to the first-ever back-to-back Champions League titles in the past two seasons.

"We had a spectacular game, a brilliant game. The important thing is to score more than our opponents and we did that.

"I am delighted for Ronaldo and Bale. The side worked hard. The midfield worked very hard. I am extremely happy because they played a tremendous game."

The Frenchman also praised his players for a focused and disciplined performance and for not losing their cool when Dortmund pulled a goal back early in the second half through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to make it 2-1.

Said Zidane: "We started well, the first half was brilliant as was the second. We showed authority.

"We had some difficult moments after the break but we played them out. It was perfect." - REUTERS

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