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Sport Real Madrid left shellshocked by depleted Shakhtar

23:30  21 october  2020
23:30  21 october  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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Shakhtar Donetsk pulled off a shock 3-2 win away to 13-times winners Real Madrid in their Luka Modric pulled one back for Zinedine Zidane’s shellshocked side with a brilliant strike from distance It is recommended that you leave on all cookies if you are not sure whether you need them or not, in

Shakhtar had to field weakened team as a result of Covid cases, but the Ukrainian underdogs tore Real to shreds in an incredible first half.

MADRID (Reuters) - Shakhtar Donetsk pulled off a shock 3-2 win away to 13-times winners Real Madrid in their Champions League Group B opener on Wednesday, despite the Ukrainian side missing 10 players due to injuries and COVID-19.

a close up of a football net: Champions League - Group B - Real Madrid v Shakhtar Donetsk © Reuters/JUAN MEDINA Champions League - Group B - Real Madrid v Shakhtar Donetsk

Shakhtar raced into a 3-0 lead after a whirlwind first half with a strike from Brazilian midfielder Tete in the 29th minute, an own goal from Madrid defender Raphael Varane four minutes later and a well-taken effort from Israeli forward Manor Solomon.

a group of football players on a field: Champions League - Group B - Real Madrid v Shakhtar Donetsk © Reuters/JUAN MEDINA Champions League - Group B - Real Madrid v Shakhtar Donetsk

Luka Modric pulled one back for Zinedine Zidane's shellshocked side with a brilliant strike from distance early in the second half before substitute Vinicius Jr reduced the deficit to one goal.

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MADRID - Shakhtar Donetsk pulled off a shock 3-2 win away to 13-times winners Real Madrid in their Champions Luka Modric pulled one back for Zinedine Zidane’s shellshocked side with a brilliant strike from distance early in the second half before substitute Vinicius Jr reduced the deficit to one goal.

Shakhtar Donetsk pulled off a shock 3-2 win away to 13-times winners Real Madrid in their Champions League Group B opener on Wednesday, despite the Luka Modric pulled one back for Zinedine Zidane’s shellshocked side with a brilliant strike from distance early in the second half

Federico Valverde thought he had equalised in added time with a heavily deflected shot but the goal was ruled out for offside as Vinicius was blocking the vision of goalkeeper Anatoly Trubin and the depleted visitors celebrated one of their most memorable victories in European competition.

a group of people playing football on a field: Champions League - Group B - Real Madrid v Shakhtar Donetsk © Reuters/JUAN MEDINA Champions League - Group B - Real Madrid v Shakhtar Donetsk

La Liga champions Madrid, meanwhile, reflected on a second consecutive home defeat after losing 1-0 at their Alfredo di Stefano stadium to promoted Cadiz on Saturday, further denting their confidence ahead of the 'Clasico' at Barcelona in three days' time.

"In the first half we were not worthy of this competition," said Madrid midfielder Modric.

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Shakhtar Donetsk pulled off a shock 3-2 win away to 13-times winners Real Madrid in their Champions League Group B opener on Wednesday Luka Modric pulled one back for Zinedine Zidane's shellshocked side with a brilliant strike from distance early in the second half before

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"It's obvious we need to improve, we lacked confidence today, especially in the first half, but we have to move on, we can't waste any time regretting what has happened."

Coach Zidane had insisted ahead of the game that he was not looking to the trip to Barca's Camp Nou but rested several big names against Shakhtar, choosing not to risk captain Sergio Ramos and starting without Toni Kroos and attacking talisman Karim Benzema.

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Shakhtar's Portuguese coach Luis Castro meanwhile had described the numerous positive COVID-19 cases affecting his staff and squad as a "nightmare" but watched on in admiration as his players out-witted and out-ran their more illustrious opponents.

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Viktor Korniienko zig-zagged his way through Madrid's defence to lay the ball off for Tete to slot past an outstretched Thibaut Courtois for the opening goal.

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Real Madrid suffered a second home defeat in five days as they slumped to a shock loss against Champions League opponents ravaged by players ruled out by Zinedine Zidane could only look on as Real Madrid were beaten by Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League © Juan Medina / Reuters.

Shakhtar Donetsk pulled off a shock 3-2 win away against Real Madrid in their Champions League Group B opener on Wednesday, despite the Ukrainian side Luka Modric pulled one back for Zinedine Zidane's shellshocked side with a brilliant strike from distance early in the second half before

a group of people playing football on a field: Champions League - Group B - Real Madrid v Shakhtar Donetsk © Reuters/JUAN MEDINA Champions League - Group B - Real Madrid v Shakhtar Donetsk

Courtois did manage to parry a shot moments later but team mate Varane stabbed the loose ball into his own net, committing his latest Champions League howler after gifting Manchester City two goals in last season's last-16 tie.

Zidane turned to Benzema immediately after the interval and Vinicius soon after and his side finally showed some character and moved to within one goal of levelling the match.

They looked to have found it through Valverde's deflected shot, which trickled into the net but Shakhtar, who had spurned two glorious earlier chances to put the game out of Madrid's reach, were spared.

"I think Madrid underestimated us but we showed our football and our style," said Shakhtar's Korniienko.

Coach Castro added: "We were a united team from the first until the last minute. When the score was 3-2 we had to defend even more and I thought 'Oh, let this game end as soon as possible'. It's a great result for us."

(Reporting by Richard Martin; Editing by Toby Davis)

Shakhtar Donetsk - Inter Milan | The official line-ups .
The starting position could hardly be more different: While Shakhtar can play completely free after the surprise win at Real Madrid this evening (6:55 p.m.), Inter should best get a win in Ukraine after the disappointing draw against Gladbach so as not to let anything burn in the first place.

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