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Is time finally starting to catch up with Cristiano Ronaldo?

Real Madrid have equalled their unbeaten record of 34 games, but how does this run compare to their 1988-89 record?
Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo drew the ire of the Santiago Bernabeu crowd with a series of errors on Wednesday.

Real Madrid hosted Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night in their last match of the Champions League group stage.

In the final minutes of the first half, Cristiano Ronaldo tried to control a long pass from Raphael Varane. His first touch was not perfect and the ball escaped, going a bit farther than he intended. The Portuguese star and his marker, Borussia Dortmund's left-back, raced to the ball, apparently starting at a similar distance away. Ronaldo arrived in second place.

"Three years ago,...

Bundesliga showing its quality and strength in Europe

Raf Honigstein thinks Bayern's win over Atletico Madrid in the last group stage match will serve as a confidence boost.
ESPN FC's Sid Lowe explains why Borussia Dortmund edging Real Madrid in Group F could benefit both sides in the UCL.
Bayern Munich won a narrow match against Leverkusen, but Carlo Ancelotti says gaining points makes up for their poor play.
Borussia Dortmund head coach Thomas Tuchel believes top spot in the group was deserved after a 2-2 draw at Real Madrid.

Three teams through to the last 16 and Borussia Monchengladbach into the Europa League -- the Bundesliga couldn't realistically have hoped for much more in the Champions League, considering the Foals had found themselves in the rather impossible "Guardiola group", with Barcelona and Manchester City. Here's a more detailed look at the quartet's performances and prospects for the second half of the European season. 

Borussia Dortmund

The Black and Yellows came back from 2-0 down at the Bernabeu...

Champions League round of 16 would benefit from new incentives for seeds

The ESPN FC panel reveal their dream matchups ahead of the Champions League round-of-16 draw.
The ESPN FC panel answer your tweets on PSG's fall from grace, Arsenal's form this season and much more.
Raf Honigstein thinks Bayern's win over Atletico Madrid in the last group stage match will serve as a confidence boost.
The FC crew weigh in on Arsenal's chances of making a deep Champions League run.

One of the big themes during this season's Champions League has been whether teams might be better off finishing second in their group, rather than first.

The logic is predicated on the fact that Monday's round-of-16 draw will see group winners drawn against runners-up. We know that three of last season's semifinalists -- Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid -- will be in the runners-up pot, as will Paris Saint-Germain, another A-list juggernaut (at least on paper).

The thinking goes that...

 By Nick Miller

Champions League group stage is a glorified selection of exhibition games

The ESPN FC panel reveal their dream matchups ahead of the Champions League round-of-16 draw.
Relive the tense moments from matchday 6 in the Champions League, highlighted by Dortmund's comeback.
Relive the 10 best finishes from Alexis Sanchez, Gareth Bale and other stars of the UEFA Champions League group stage.
The guys respond to your tweets about Craig Burley as UEFA president and a surprise Champions League winner.

This week saw the final round of games in the Champions League group stage take place. Of the 16 fixtures, only five had any impact on qualification for the knockout round. In five of the eight groups, the top two were already decided.

Manchester City and Barcelona's group was completely dead, with none of the four clubs able to move up or down. Fifteen of the 16 top-two seeds qualified, the exception being Monaco, who took advantage of CSKA Moscow's winless campaign.

Arguably the biggest surprise...

 By Ben Jacobs

Ranieri pays for omitting Vardy and Mahrez as Leicester suffer at Porto

Claudio Ranieri says he takes the blame for Leicester's Champions League humiliation at the hands of Porto.

Leicester City suffered an embarrassing 5-0 loss at FC Porto and couldn't even muster a single shot on target. The Foxes fielded a second string side and got rightly punished in Portugal.


You really have to clutch at straws to find any positives. Probably the main one is Leicester had already won the group. It was also encouraging to see Nampalys Mendy back from injury.


Leicester had nothing to lose and yet put in another tame performance leading to their heaviest defeat under...

 By Nick Ames

Dele Alli and Karim Benzema make Champions League Team of the Week

The ESPN FC crew debate the dream ties in the round of 16 in the Champions League.

With the group stage complete, Nick Ames picks the best Champions League XI.

Do you agree? Have your say in the comments below.

ESPN FC's Champions League Team of the Week.

Goalkeeper: Soslan Dzhanaev (Rostov)

Rostov held on at PSV Eindhoven to gain the Europa League place that a spirited campaign merited. They had their goalkeeper, Dzhanaev, to thank as a previously sterile PSV piled on the pressure late on. He saved crucially from Siem de Jong and Gaston Pereiro to ensure the Russian side's European adventure will continue into next year.