Sports MATCHDAY: Real Madrid heads to Germany after losing CL start

03:26  27 october  2020
03:26  27 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Real Madrid have arrived in Germany , where they will take on Borussia Mônchengladbach in the second Champions League group stage game (Tuesday, 9pm The Real Madrid traveling party, with 21 players in the squad, set off from the Adolfo Suárez Madrid -Barajas airport en route to Düsseldorf.

Real Madrid and Borussia Mönchengladbach meet again in Europe after 35 years. The name of the German team brings back good memories for the Real Madrid fans, as the Whites staged a legendary comeback against this team in December 1985. In the first leg of the UEFA Cup Round of 16

A look at what’s happening around the Champions League on Tuesday:

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Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick says Serge Gnabry could return to the starting lineup against Lokomotiv Moscow after an absence blamed on a false positive result in a coronavirus test. Gnabry sat out last week's 4-0 win over Atlético Madrid and the 5-0 demolition of Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday. Bayern lost on its last Champions League visit to Russia in 2016 in a surprise 3-2 defeat to Rostov. Atlético tries to rebound from the loss to Bayern when it hosts Salzburg, with Luis Suárez coming off his fourth goal of the season at the weekend in the Spanish league.

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The official awarded Real Madrid a controversial 61st minute penalty after Sergio Ramos went down quite easily when Barcelona's Clement Lenglet took hold of After consulting VAR, Martinez Munuera gave the visitors a penalty at the Camp Nou to the disgust of many Barcelona figures, with Ramos

in potential title decider with all eyes on second Clasico of the season while Atletico Madrid , Sevilla Real Madrid and Barcelona lock horns on Sunday in the season's second Clasico The hosts are in the midst of a fine run of form after putting up four consecutive victories


Real Madrid heads to Germany to play Borussia Mönchengladbach needing to kick-start its Champions League campaign following a 3-2 loss to Shakhtar Donetsk. The last time Madrid played Gladbach away, it lost 5-1 in 1985. Shakhtar hosts Inter Milan with more squad depth than for its surprise win over Madrid last week, after several players returned after isolation following a coronavirus outbreak in the squad. Inter has been relying heavily — some say too heavily — on goals from Romelu Lukaku. Brazilian forward Taison and midfielder Taras Stepanenko among those now available. Eden Hazard has recovered from injury and could make his season debut with Madrid.


Despite opening the group with a win over Porto last week, Manchester City plays at Marseille enduring a difficult start to the Premier League — failing to win three of its first five games. And City is without record scorer Sergio Aguero and fellow striker Gabriel Jesus. Fernandinho, Benjamin Mendy, Nathan Ake and Fernandinho are also sidelined. Despite his lack of confidence and goals, Dario Benedetto is expected to start at the Velodrome against City. Benedetto has not scored for the 1993 European Champions so far this season but coach Andre Villas-Boas has only a few options available for the No. 9 position. After its 1-0 loss at Olympiakos, Marseille is already under pressure as it plays its first home game in six years in Europe's top tournament.

Shakhtar team depleted by coronavirus stuns Real Madrid 3-2

  Shakhtar team depleted by coronavirus stuns Real Madrid 3-2 MADRID — The celebrations by Shakhtar Donetsk players echoed loudly around the empty Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium. Some yelled, others raised their arms and a few hugged each other after the final whistle was blown in Madrid. It wasn’t just another victory for the Ukrainian side. A Shakhtar team depleted by coronavirus cases handed Real Madrid a shocking 3-2 home loss in Group B of the Champions League on Wednesday. Playing with only a few regular starters, Shakhtar took advantage of counterattacks to open up a 3-0 first-half lead, and then held on after Madrid pulled closer with two goals shortly after the break.

Real Madrid have confirmed they have agreed a deal with Chelsea for the permanent transfer of midfielder Mateo Kovacic. Chelsea are currently banned from signing players after breaching transfer rules, but Kovacic is exempt as he was already registered with the club as a loan player.

Champions League matchday 1 this week has drama. For Shakhtar, they will head to Madrid with plenty of confidence having smashed Lviv 5-1 on Saturday, with Viktor Kovalenko grabbing a brace. Liverpool have had a turbulent start to the season and head to Ajax without star defender Virgil Van


Liverpool is showing — for now — it can cope without Virgil van Dijk. The Premier League champions host Danish club Midtjylland after hard-fought victories against Ajax and Sheffield United last week without their central defender, who requires knee surgery and faces several months out. Midfielder Fabinho has been tasked with filling in for the Dutchman at the back alongside Joe Gomez. The game at Anfield sees the six-time European champions host a club who were only founded in 1999 and are making their first appearance in the Champions League. Atalanta, a surprise quarterfinalist last season, hosts Ajax, a surprise semifinalist two seasons ago. It's the first ever Champions League match in Bergamo for Atalanta, which played at the San Siro in Milan last season while its Gewiss Stadium was being renovated. But no fans will be allowed in.


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Real Madrid back on track with 3-2 win over Inter Milan .
MADRID — Real Madrid needed some help from its young Brazilian substitutes to get its Champions League campaign back on track on Tuesday. Rodrygo scored in the 80th minute after an assist by Vinícius Júnior to give Madrid a 3-2 win over Inter Milan after relinquishing a two-goal lead in the first half. Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos had put the hosts ahead, but Inter's Lautaro Martínez made it 2-1 before halftime and set up Ivan Perišic'sRodrygo scored in the 80th minute after an assist by Vinícius Júnior to give Madrid a 3-2 win over Inter Milan after relinquishing a two-goal lead in the first half.

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