Real Madrid suffered a remarkable opening Champions League loss as Shakhtar Donetsk, missing out on 10 first-team players due to coronavirus, held on to win.
Real Madrid experienced an exceptional opening Champions League loss as Shakhtar Donetsk, missing 10 first-team players as a result of coronavirus, hung on for a 3-2 away win.
Wednesday’s Group B clash appeared to be established for an uncomplicated Madrid win, with Shakhtar clear underdogs even prior to losing half their squad to COVID-19 in a scenario trainer Luis Castro called “a nightmare”.
But Zinedine Zidane’s LaLiga champions were outthought as well as outfought for 45 minutes at their momentary Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano home as strikes from Mateus Tete and Mansion Solomon sandwiched a Raphael Varane very own goal to secure a three-goal half-time lead.
Madrid likewise shed in your home to Cadiz last Saturday and visit bitter opponents Barcelona in the Clasico this weekend break yet at least showed some fight after the break.
Initiatives from Luka Modric as well as Vinicius Junior set up a grandstand finish, yet Federico Valverde’s obvious equaliser in stoppage time was forbidden for offside as Shakhtar survived for a spectacular victory.