Real Madrid gets even in ‘Champions’ and caresses the eighth

The Whites beat the Ukrainian team with an electric first half, although they deserved more for the chances they created


Real Madrid beat Shakhtar (2-1) this Wednesday at the Santiago Bernabéu, thanks to an electric first half in which Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Júnior converted the two Real Madrid goals, and got even after his league ‘prick’ to put his advance to the knockout stages of the Champions League.

After this victory, which completes the full white continental, the meringues are leaders of Group F of the ‘Champions’ with nine points and only one goal against. A victory that could have been much looser, but Benzema did not have his best day in front of goal, and Trubin, and even the stick, saved the Ukrainians from a thrashing.

In the second half, the intensity decreased, although the chances continued to fall on the madridista side, which finally ended up with a somewhat short prize for the game shown.

Real Madrid, who already had more character than just three days ago against Osasuna, had the first approach in minute 2. Only eight minutes later, Fede Valverde impaled a ball from the right corner of the large area to prove for the first time to Trubin. A dominating start, although without great chances, for the Whites, who already restricted the Ukrainian team in their field.

Persistence, even if only in possession, found its way in the 13th minute, when Rodrygo Goes managed to beat the Ukrainian team’s goalkeeper with a shot from mid-range that slipped past the Shakhtar goalkeeper’s right post. The goal reassured a Real Madrid team that started better and with more precision.

Real Madrid continued to press on, with a pressure that drowned out Shakhtar’s departure, who still hadn’t tested Lunin. Vinicius, the protagonist on the left, got the Bernabéu up with a good individual move inside the area, and then assisted Benzema, who acted as a heel for Valverde, but the Uruguayan hit the defender with his shot.

The hunger and determination that was difficult to see in the ‘prick’ against Osasuna reappeared, something that is already a basic attitude of the whites in their fetish competition. The superiority continued and Benzema was able to widen the scoring, but his shot was well taken out by Turbin, who could do nothing with Vinicius’s cross shot inside the area after a good pass from Rodrygo. The Brazilian connection made it 2-0 for the Whites, who put the victory on track in the first 28 minutes of the match.

From there, a madridista barrage, with an opportunity for Vinicius, almost touching the small area, which Bondar took out on the goal line; and with a volley from Benzema after a rebound that licked the right post of the goal. In the 35th minute, the French and Brazilian connected with an explosive wall down the left that the Brazilian was unable to hit against Turbin, who had already become the visiting hero.

Real Madrid forgave excessively and Shakhtar pulled one back just before half-time with a great goal from Zubkov, who adjusted the ball into the lower left corner of Lunin’s goal, after a precise assist from Mykhaylichenko. A disconnection of those of Ancelotti gave life to the Ukrainians.

The break was good for Real Madrid, who locked up Shakhtar from the restart, with chances from the corner and a long shot from Valverde. However, the clearest would be for the Ukrainians, when Mudryk galloped down the left taking advantage of a ball behind his back, but Mendy went ahead and between him and Lunin they avoided the tie. The Whites responded with a lot of possession and a dangerous approach from Rodrygo, whose shot Trubin took off with many reflexes.

The Madrid team lost intensity as the minutes went by, Ancelotti noticed this and brought on Camavinga in the 75th minute. Shakhtar had stretched a little more, and the Frenchman made the team gain in muscle and forcefulness. Benzema was able to extend the lead, even Asensio, who entered the final stretch, saw how the post avoided his goal in added time. Real Madrid, who could have left with a win, finished off on 34 occasions, 13 of them inside the three posts.


–RESULT: REAL MADRID, 2 – SHAKHTAR 1 (2-1, at halftime).


REAL MADRID: Lunin; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Tchouaméni (Camavinga, min. 75), Kroos, Valverde; Rodrygo (Asensio, min. 80), Benzema, Vinicius.

SHAKHTAR: Trubin; Myhaylicheon, Bondar, Matvvienko, Konoplia; Stepanenko (Traore, min. 88), Sudakov (Djurasek, min. 88), Bondarek, Mudryk, Shved (Petryak, min. 67); Zubkov (Sikan, min. 67).


1-0, min. 13: Rodrygo.

2-0, min. 28: Vinicius.

2-1, min. 39: Zubkov.

–REFEREE: Ivan Kruzliak (CRO). He admonished Bondar (min.55), by Shakhtar.

–Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. A minute of silence was observed in memory of the victims of the stampede in a stadium in Indonesia that has caused at least 125 victims.