It downhill without brakes. Deplorable, bitter and painful Real Madrid’s Champions League debut. Zidanne’s team lose by two goals to three against Shakhtar Donetsk. Luka Modric and Vinícius Junior scored two goals in the second half that made the comeback dream come true.
Real Madrid need a boost. Zidanne questioned by the media. Players designated by the fans. Tragic week after losing by a goal to nil against Cádiz. Defeat at the Alfredo Di Stéfano stadium against the Ukrainian team. The well in which the white team has settled may be deeper if on Saturday they lose against their eternal rival, Barça.
Lack of attitude, commitment, technique and game
Attitude, commitment, technique and game were lacking. The absence of Sergio Ramos, reserved for the classic on Saturday, is increasingly palpable on the pitch. Shakhtar took advantage of Real Madrid’s technical and positional weaknesses and took the lead in the 28th minute thanks to a goal from Tetê.
Real Madrid looked for the equalizer but they ran into a steel wall in the Ukrainian goal, and an own goal four minutes later. Varane was looking to prevent Denthinho from finishing in the area. The remedy was worse than the disease. In the 42nd minute, Salomon scored the third goal for Shakhtar.
More than words he had to do with the white dressing room during the break, since in the second half Real Madrid came out to counterattack and overcome the game. Zidanne’s team caught a glimpse of the light after Modric’s goal in the 54th minute. And the miracle seemed real when Vinicius Jr scored the second goal for the hosts. Real Madrid had a real chance to score but they did not materialize. Already in injury time Federico Valverde scored the tying goal but it was annulled by VAR. The referee reviewed the play, and annulled Vinicius Jr.’s offside goal.
Saturday October 26 Barcelona-Real Madrid
After Real Madrid’s deplorable Champions League debut, the merengue team is already thinking about the classic on Saturday, October 24. Barça receive Real Madrid in low hours after losing two consecutive games at home. Barça did their homework in the Champions League and beat Ferencvaros.