Sport Real Madrid endure worst Champions League first half since 2005

22:27  21 october  2020
22:27  21 october  2020 Source:   goal.com

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Real Madrid conceded three goals in the first half of a Champions League match for the first time in over 15 years as they went 3-0 behind to Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday.

a group of men playing a game of football: Real Madrid conceded three in the first half © Getty Images Real Madrid conceded three in the first half

Despite missing several first-team players due to positive coronavirus tests, Shakhtar ran riot in the opening half of the Group B clash in Madrid.

Their three goals came in the space of 13 minutes, with Tete sliding an assured finish into the bottom-left corner to break the deadlock just before the half-hour.

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a group of people watching a football game:                      “You go on and score the decisive goal,” coach Ottmar Hitzfeld instructed Dortmund midfielder Lars Ricken just before replacing Stephane Chapuisat in the 1997 final. It took the one-club man 16 seconds to follow his manager’s orders, his delicious chip – with his first touch – securing a famous 3-1 win.                                                                              It had been a game of substitutes: Alessandro Del Piero replaced Sergio Porrini at the break to re-energise the Old Lady after Karl-Heinz Riedle’s first-half double. Riedle had his own premonition, waking at 3.30am on the day of the game in a cold sweat. “I just dreamt that I’ll score two goals,” he panted.

Raphael Varane scored an own goal four minutes later, with Manor Solomon then making it 3-0 from Tete's neat backheel.

It meant Madrid let in three first-half goals in the Champions League for the first time since September 2005, in a clash with Lyon.

Madrid had not conceded three in the first 45 minutes of a home match in the competition since February 2000, against Bayern Munich.

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