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  • 18 Mar
    导出博客文章MADRID -- With a late equalizer by substitute Marco Reus, Borussia Dortmund drew
    2-2 with defending champion Real Madrid on Wednesday to win Group F and set a
    scoring record of 21 goals in the group stage of the Champions League.Karim
    Benzema netted in each half at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium to give Madrid a
    2-0 lead, but forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulled the German side closer in
    the 61st and Reus struck the equalizer in the 88th.In the end it was a happy
    outcome for us, Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel said. It was very important to
    stand up to Real Madrid twice. We played full of courage.Dortmund had already
    drawn 2-2 with Madrid when they met in Germany.Madrid was left with the
    consolation prize of matching the clubs 34-game unbeaten streak that had stood
    since the late 1980s.We had a lot of opportunities to put the game away and we
    didnt, Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. We played a good match but couldnt get
    the win, now we have to move on. In the end it was well-deserved for them
    (Dortmund) for what they have done so far.Dortmund finished the group with 14
    points, two more than Madrid. Legia Warsaw, which defeated Sporting Lisbon 1-0
    in Poland, finished third with four points to qualify for the Europa League.To
    win the Champions it doesnt matter if you are first or second in the group,
    Benzema said. You have to beat all the teams.Cristiano Ronaldo was held
    scoreless for the fourth straight time in the Champions League, again missing
    the chance to become the first player to score 100 goals in European
    competitions. His total remains at 98.Benzema opened the scoring from close
    range in the 28th, completing a low cross by Dani Carvajal from the right flank.
    The Frenchman added to the lead in the 53rd with a firm header after a
    well-placed cross by James Rodriguez.Aubameyang scored from inside the area and
    then set up Reus equalizer after a quick counterattack.Aubameyangs goal helped
    Dortmund match the previous record of 20 group-stage goals, a mark that had been
    achieved by three other clubs: Barcelona, this season and in 2011-12, Madrid in
    2013-14 and Manchester United in 1998-99.Dortmunds campaign this season included
    6-0 and 8-4 routs against Legia.The draw allowed Zidanes team to match Madrids
    unbeaten run set under coach Leo Beenhakker in the 1988-89. Madrid hasnt been
    defeated since April at Wolfsburg in the quarterfinals of last seasons Champions
    League.Its important to continue to make history and continue our good run,
    Zidane said.Ronaldos best chance on Wednesday was a close-range shot that struck
    the far post in the 78th minute. He had also come close 10 minutes earlier with
    a right-foot strike that forced a difficult cross-handed save by Dortmund
    goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller.He remains the competitions all-time leading
    scorer with 95 goals, two more than Lionel Messi, who netted his 93rd in
    Barcelonas 4-0 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach on Tuesday. It was Messis 10th
    goal in the group stage, one short of Ronaldos record of 11 achieved last
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    -- Shannon Hale hit 3 of 5 from 3-point range and finished with 19 points and
    Alabama beat Ball State 77-59 on Friday night.I thought his body language was
    good, Alabama coach Avery Johnson said. ...What more can I say. That Shannon
    Hale is the one I consistently want to see.After coming off the bench to score
    13 in the first half, Hale was inserted into the starting lineup for the second
    in place Bola Olaniyan. Reserves ArMond Davis and Avery Johnson Jr. combined to
    score 30 for the Crimson Tide (2-1), with 17 and 13 points, respectively, to
    help Alabamas bench to match the Cardinals in scoring.Davis made 5-of-7
    3-pointers and Johnson Jr. made 3-of-3 while adding six assists and five
    rebounds.Johnson Jr. said his teammates were instrumental in his success, but he
    also said breaking from routine and taking a nap before the pre-game meal helped
    to settle his nerves.I just kind of told myself yesterday, Im not going to wait
    until like my fifth or my last year to turn it up, Johnson Jr. said. So I
    thought this was going to be a good opportunity so once I got there I did some
    different things in my pregame.It was close for much of the first half and
    scoreless for the first 4-plus minutes. Hales dunk with 15:20 left in the half
    was the first made field goal and gave Alabama a 4-0 lead. Alabamas offense
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    take advantage. Tayler Persons led Ball State with 15 points. Franko House, who
    came in averaging 22 points and 10 rebounds, finished with 10 points and seven
    boards.Johnson credited Wednesdays practice with the success of the bench. With
    three starters missing that day others had to step up.Shannon and Avery and
    ArMond they practically are on the same team every practice so they are getting
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    two opponents to exactly 64 points in regulation, but the team didnt have an
    answer for Alabamas offense once it got going.NEXT UPAlabama: The Crimson Tide
    will leave the confines of Coleman Coliseum for the first time this season to
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    to face Coppin State for the chance to claim the teams first home victory of the
    season on Monday.STAT OF THE NIGHT: Ball State committed 21 turnovers -- 100
    more than the Tide. Alabama finished the game with 14 steals and outscored the
    Cardinals 26-6 on points off turnovers. ' ' '