Real Madrid shocked by Shakhtar Donetsk for second time in Champions League

Real Madrid shocked by Shakhtar Donetsk for second time in Champions League


Having misplaced 3-2 in October in Madrid, the 13-time winner fell 2-Zero in Kiev on Tuesday due to a second half objectives from Dentinho and Manor Solomon.

The Brazilian ahead, who got here on as a primary half substitute due to an damage to teammate Júnior Moraes, was the beneficiary of some sloppy defending from Rafael Varane and tapped dwelling the primary objective of the sport.

And it was one other fast counterattack that carved Madrid open but once more, with Solomon driving from inside his personal half earlier than powering the ball dwelling.

A victory in Ukraine would have secured a last-16 spot for Madrid however defeat leaves it third in Group B with only one spherical of fixtures left.

“In the first half we were very good, but we didn’t cap things off with a goal,” coach Zinedine Zidane said afterwards. “We pressed well, played the ball well, but the ball didn’t want to go in tonight and then things just got more complicated.

“It would have modified the dynamic massively if we might acquired that first objective. When Shakhtar scored it actually broken us as a result of we might been enjoying very well. We made two or three actually good possibilities and hit the put up. Yes we’re on a foul run of outcomes however the one approach ahead is to proceed. This was a ‘closing’ and we ready nicely for it; the ball simply would not go in tonight. Now we’ve got a recreation left — we should win it and undergo.

“I’m an optimist, this is a complicated moment but we have to draw on our character and pride. It’s a real pity about this because we didn’t deserve to lose here. Now it’s time to believe.”

Another upset

Despite having the status and the high-value gamers, Real Madrid has stuttered in the course of the 2020 Champions League.

The memorable upset by Shakhtar within the opening spherical of fixtures — during which the Ukraine aspect was with out seven beginning gamers, and 10 in whole because of a mix of optimistic coronavirus instances and accidents — maybe provided a glimpse of what was to come back for Real.

A dramatic equalizer salvaged a degree at Borussia Monchengladbach earlier than two wins towards Inter Milan gave Madrid hope.

However, after a run of inconsistent ends in La Liga, together with three video games and not using a win — two defeats and one draw — Madrid appeared bereft of concepts after touring east.

Despite the inclusion of younger, attacking gamers Martin Ødegaard and Marco Asensio, it was the Ukraine aspect who appeared probably the most harmful all through.

Dentinho celebrates with his teammates after scoring against Real Madrid.

Without creating too many openings, Madrid dominated possession however have been finally caught on the break, as Dentinho was the quickest to react after a deflected move simply missed Varane’s clutches to fireside previous Thibaut Courtois.

Zidane threw on thrilling attackers Vinicius Junior and Isco within the hopes of making a gap however but once more, with males thrown ahead, was caught chilly.

Having picked up the ball nicely in his personal half, Solomon drove at a backpedaling Real Madrid protection earlier than extending the Ukraine membership’s lead.

Madrid huffed and puffed for the ultimate 10 minutes however created little or no, as the sport fizzled out with Shakhtar overtaking the Champions League specialists with only one recreation left within the group phases.

Real has by no means did not qualify for the knockout phases of a Champions League marketing campaign in 24 makes an attempt — so the stress will probably be on to get a end result when it faces Borussia Monchengladbach subsequent week.

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