Third straight draw frustrates Zidane

Andre Schurrle showing his joy after netting the late equaliser that helped Borussia Dortmund draw 2-2 with Real Madrid.
Andre Schurrle showing his joy after netting the late equaliser that helped Borussia Dortmund draw 2-2 with Real Madrid.PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

DORTMUND • Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane could not hide his frustration after his side conceded a late equaliser to draw 2-2 at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday - repeatedly remarking "we are broken".

Substitute Andre Schurrle's 87th-minute rocket pulled an impressive Dortmund side level for the second time in the game, denying Real a victory that would have taken them three points clear at the top of Group F.

Dortmund had wasted a series of chances to equalise before Schurrle struck, but Zidane still lamented his team's failure to kill off the game, having also conceded a late goal to draw 2-2 at Las Palmas in the Spanish La Liga last Saturday.

"We're broken because we played well in defence and attack and played how we wanted to play," Zidane said.

"In the end it's always the same and this is the third game now. I'm broken for the players, because this is not what they deserve.

"At the end of the day it's not a bad result, but when you play like this, you feel broken."

Real looked to be on their way to victory after Raphael Varane tapped in from a few metres out to restore their lead midway through the second half, after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had cancelled out Cristiano Ronaldo's opener.

Schurrle's late leveller signalled a third successive draw for the European champions, who had won 16 straight in La Liga until drawing 1-1 with Villarreal on Sept 22.

"If you come back twice against Real Madrid, that's a nice feeling. That will help the team to grow together," said Schurrle.

His coach Thomas Tuchel said that Dortmund did well to equalise twice, but added: "It felt good to have twice been behind, but still not to have lost, but we could have done better .

"We lost control of the game in the second half, but we showed some good morale and reacted well after their second goal."

Real host Eibar in La Liga on Saturday and Brazilian full-back Danilo vowed his side would not make the same mistakes.

"We drew while playing well and we're not pleased with these draws but Eibar will pay for this," he said. "We're more sad than happy because we were so close to winning at a very difficult ground. We want to win every game and we've had bad luck but we have to keep fighting in our next game."

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 29, 2016, with the headline 'Third straight draw frustrates Zidane'. Print Edition | Subscribe