Real Madrid put road form on the line in UCL against Borussia Dortmund
Real Madrid will put their impressive road form on the line again on Tuesday when they visit Borussia Dortmund for a Champions League group-stage game.
Madrid have won 12 consecutive away games in La Liga, a club record, as well as their last six away games and 15 of their last 16 in all competitions. Their only defeat was 2-1 to Atletico Madrid in the second leg of the Champions League semifinals last season, which they did not need to win to advance on aggregate.
Dortmund, meanwhile, have won 41 consecutive home Bundesliga games, including a 6-1 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday. They also enter unbeaten at home in six games against Madrid all-time, with three victories.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who had a hat trick against Monchengladbach, has scored eight Bundesliga goals and 12 goals in all competitions this season.
It was his second hat trick of the season -- he scored three goals against Rielasingen-Arlen in the first round of the DFB Pokal in August -- and seventh since joining Dortmund before the 2013-14 season.
The victory gave the German-league leaders a goal difference of plus-18 -- a club record through six games.
Dortmund lost 3-1 to Tottenham Hotspur in their Champions League group-stage opener on Sept. 13 as Real Madrid defeated Apoel Nicosia 3-0, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring his side's first two goals.
This is the second consecutive season and third time in six years that Dortmund and Madrid have been drawn together in the same group of the Champions League.
Dortmund won the group, with Madrid second, in both 2012-13 and 2016-17. In each season, one of the two teams advanced to the final, with Dortmund losing to Bayern Munich in 2013 and Madrid defeating Juventus in June.
The teams also met in the quarterfinals in 2013-14, with each winning shutouts at home and Madrid advancing 3-2 on aggregate.
According to ESPN's Soccer Power Index (SPI), Madrid currently have an 84 percent chance of moving beyond the group stage, while Dortmund have just a 58 percent chance of doing so.
Ronaldo, the all-time leader in Champions League scoring, has four goals in seven career games against Dortmund.
Aubameyang, meanwhile, scored in each of Dortmund's two games against Madrid last season.
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