Real Madrid made an embarrassing begin in the Champions League on Wednesday by shedding 3-2 at residence to a depleted Shakhtar Donetsk, their second consecutive defeat forward of the Clasico in opposition to Barcelona on Saturday.
Shakhtar had been with out 10 first-crew gamers and 9 members of workers attributable to coronavirus infections however recorded a exceptional win on the Alfredo di Stefano stadium, after scoring thrice in 13 first-half minutes.
Strikes from Tete and Manor Solomon, both facet of a Raphael Varane personal-purpose, gave the Ukrainian champions a shock lead on the interval and whereas Luka Modric and Vinicius Junior pulled objectives again, Madrid fell brief.
Fede Valverde thought he had grabbed an equaliser in harm time however his deflected shot was dominated out after VAR confirmed Vinicius was offside.
An enormous upset places Madrid on the again foot in Group B, particularly as Shakhtar had been in principle their weakest opponent, the others being Inter Milan and Borussia Moenchengladbach.
But it additionally cranks up the strain, on the Real crew forward of the Clasico in La Liga on Saturday, and on their coach Zinedine Zidane, who had simply overseen a dreadful show in final weekend’s loss to Cadiz.
Zidane paid the value for rotating his beginning line-up for that recreation and shuffled his crew once more, presumably with the upcoming conflict on the Camp Nou in thoughts.
Toni Kroos and Karim Benzema each began on the bench and needed to come on in the second half whereas Eder Militao, in for the injured Sergio Ramos, Rodrygo and Marco Asensio got possibilities to impress.
Shakhtar’s three-purpose flurry earlier than half-time started with Viktor Korniyenko beating Militao too simply and as Marcelo was pulled throughout to cowl, he left Tete free behind him to complete Korniyenko’s poked move.
Luka Jovic ought to have equalised with a free header however as a substitute Shakhtar scored once more, Tete’s rasping effort from vary palmed out by Thibaut Courtois and prodded in for an personal-purpose by Varane has he tried to cease Dentinho reaching the rebound.
Madrid regarded shell-shocked however it received worse. Tete raced in behind and this time a superb again-heel allowed Solomon to take a contact and hearth in quantity three.
Benzema changed Rodrygo at half-time however it was Modric who kick-began the comeback try, shifting proper previous two Shakhtar defenders earlier than unleashing an outstanding shot into the highest-proper nook.
Tete then missed a sitter for 4-1 and Vinicius capitalised. The Brazilian got here on in its place, stole the ball again and located the web, seemingly all in one motion.
Madrid had 31 minutes to rescue a degree however their momentum stalled. Benzema’s end was blocked by Valerii Bondar and Shakhtar thought they’d a fourth however it was dominated out for offside.
Valverde celebrated an equaliser in harm time when his deflected shot from the sting of the realm crept in however there was a remaining twist in the story as VAR confirmed the offside Vinicius was obstructing the goalkeeper’s view.