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Sport Benzema back as Real Madrid eye Shakhtar revenge

20:50  01 december  2020
20:50  01 december  2020 Source:   goal.com

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Hazard is out though. Zinedine Zidane has picked his 21-man squad for the away clash against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League. Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois, Andriy Lunin, Diego Altube. Defenders: Eder Militao, Raphael Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Ferland Mendy, Victor Chust.

Eden Hazard has been ruled out of Real Madrid ’s Champions League clash with Shakhtar Donetsk on account of injury, but Karim Benzema is back in the fold. Belgium international Hazard arrived at Real in the summer of 2019 to much acclaim, but has had a stop-start time in Madrid on account of injury.

Karim Benzema is back in the Real Madrid starting XI to face Shakhtar Donetsk as one of four changes made by Zinedine Zidane.

a man who is swinging at a ball: Real Madrid star Karim Benzema celebrates a goal © Getty Images Real Madrid star Karim Benzema celebrates a goal

The influential French centre-forward has six goals in 11 appearances across all competitions this season, but he has not featured since netting in a 4-1 LaLiga defeat to Valencia on November 8.

In his absence due to a muscular issue, Benzema's team-mates have fared little better, following a 1-1 draw at Villarreal with a 2-1 defeat at home to Deportivo Alaves.


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Eden Hazard has been ruled out of Real Madrid ’s Champions League clash with Shakhtar Donetsk on account of injury, but Karim Benzema is back in the fold. Belgium international Hazard arrived at Real in the summer of 2019 to much acclaim, but has had a stop-start time in Madrid on account of injury.

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They did at least manage a 2-0 win against Inter in between those domestic disappointments, leaving them second in Champions League Group B.

Madrid are on seven points, one shy of Borussia Monchengladbach and three ahead of a Shakhtar side who claimed a shock 3-2 win in the Spanish capital to launch their campaign.

Zidane has also recalled Ferland Mendy, Martin Odegaard and Rodrygo to face the Ukrainian champions.

Marcelo, a humiliation in numbers… .
© Supplied by Sports.fr Marcelo Vieira of Real Madrid laments during the UEFA Champions League football match played between Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk at Alfredo Di Stefano stadium on October 21, 2020 in Madrid, Spain. The statistics are terrible for Marcelo, whose decline is confirmed by the record of Real Madrid since the return of Zinedine Zidane.

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