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Real Madrid v Shakhtar Donetsk Live Commentary, 05/10/2022

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2 - 1
RMA
SHK
Rodrygo (13)
Vinícius Júnior (28)
O. Zubkov (39)
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu

Commentary

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Both of these teams are back in action next Tuesday, when Madrid travel to Polish Army Stadium to lock horns with Shakhtar in the reverse fixture.
Madrid run out deserving winners here at the Santiago Bernabeu but it wasn't quite as comfortable as they would have liked. They took an early lead through goals from Rodrygo and Vinicius but failed to find a third despite a litany of chances. Zubkov then pulled one back for Shakhtar toward the end of the first-half to give the Ukrainian visitors hope - they lacked the quality to mount a comeback but Madrid also lacked the cutting edge to put the game to bed when they had the chance to on numerous occasions.
90' + 2' FULL-TIME: REAL MADRID 2-1 SHAKHTAR DONETSK
M. Mudryk
Yellow Card
Shakhtar Donetsk
90' + 2' Mudryk has been booked by the referee.
90' + 2' CHANCE! Asensio strikes the near post after the ball falls to him in a fine position inside the penalty area. Benzema had done superbly to drive down the left side and square the ball.
90' There will be two minutes of additional time at the end of the second half.
89' CHANCE! Valverde wins the ball back high up the pitch before finding Benzema, who turns and draws a fine save from Trubin.
N. Đurasek
H. Sudakov
Shakhtar Donetsk
88' Sudakov has made way to be replaced by Durasek.
L. Traoré
T. Stepanenko
Shakhtar Donetsk
88' Traore has come on in place of Stepanenko.
88' Vinicius and Mendy combine before teeing up Benzema to shoot from the edge of the box - his effort flies wide, however.
85' Rodrygo appears to be getting his left leg iced on the bench after coming off. Madrid will hope the Brazilian hasn't suffered anything serious.
82' A laboured Madrid move culminates with Vinicius' rather weak effort being easily dealt with by Trubin.
82' A deafening silence has settled upon the Santiago Bernabeu. They're keen for Madrid to see this one out without any late drama.
Marco Asensio
Rodrygo
Real Madrid
80' Asensio has come on for the final ten minutes of this game in place of Rodrygo, the author of one of Madrid's goals.
80' Mudryk's free-kick flies over the crossbar and never threatens to trouble Lunin.
78' A speculative ball to the back post very nearly fashions a real chance for Shakhtar. Nothing comes of it but Ancelotti is again unhappy with Madrid's slack defending.
E. Camavinga
A. Tchouaméni
Real Madrid
75' One promising young Frenchman has been withdrawn in favour for another - Camavinga has replaced Tchouameni.
75' Kroos draws a foul at the edge of the box to set up a dangerous set-piece - Valverde's finish from the free-kick, however, is wild and high.
70' Madrid seem to be trying to balance their approach, here. They want a third goal but, at the same time, are keen to ensure they don't leave themselves too exposed defensively.
69' Valverde has a sight of goal inside the penalty area but is unable to get the ball out of his feet in time to get a shot off.
D. Sikan
O. Zubkov
Shakhtar Donetsk
67' Shakhtar's goalscorer, Zubkov, has made way for Sikan.
I. Petryak
M. Shved
Shakhtar Donetsk
67' Shved has been withdrawn in favour of Petryak.
65' Vinicius has another chance on goal - the Brazilian snaps at a loose ball in the box but sends it flying wide.
64' CHANCE! Rodrygo charges from deep and combines with Benzema before really testing Trubin with a rasping effort - but the Shakhtar goalkeeper is equal to the opportunity.
60' Shakhtar are continuing to try to play out from the back even though they're not enjoying much success in breaking Madrid's press.
58' Mudryk is active on the left wing again, crossing from deep to find Shved in the air - only for his effort to fail to really work Lunin.
V. Bondar
Yellow Card
Shakhtar Donetsk
55' Bondar is booked for taking out Vinicius rather cynically following a quick break.
53' CHANCE! Mudryk breaks superbly down the left flank but, just as he gets a sight on goal, Mendy pick-pockets him to prevent him from getting a clear shot off.
52' Valverde and Benzema link up intelligently once again at the edge of the box resulting in the former taking a driven shot on goal - only for Trubin to save.
50' Madrid have begun the second half looking like a team that's keen to put this one to bed as soon as possible.
48' Mendy centres the ball for Vinicius inside the penalty box but his glancing header flies just wide of the target.
47' Kroos floats a free-kick into the box that meets Militao in the air - but the Brazilian is unable to direct his header goalwards and it flies over the bar.
46' We're back underway at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Madrid have had more than enough chances to put the game entirely to bed. Ancelotti clearly wasn't happy that his charges gave away such a cheap goal and will be sure to instill into them the need to kill off the game as soon as possible once the second half gets underway.
Madrid will be frustrated to have allowed Shakhtar a way back into this game. They dominated the early proceedings and quickly took a two-goal lead courtesy of their two young Brazilian forwards, Rodrygo and Vinicius. They were running the midfield and seemed to be on their way to a comfortable win only to allow Zubkov to score a rather poorly-defended goal toward the end of the half.
45' + 1' HALF-TIME: REAL MADRID 2-1 SHAKHTAR DONETSK
45' There will be one minute of additional time at the end of the first half.
44' CHANCE! The ball falls to Benzema just inside the penalty area. The Frenchman adjusts his body quickly before shooting - but he fails to really make Trubin work.
42' Carlo Ancelotti is unhappy with how his defence handled Shakhtar's goal - Alaba and Mendy allowed Zubkov to get between them before converting his volley.
40' Shakhtar Donetsk have the highest shot conversion rate in the UEFA Champions League this season (50 per cent), having found the net with five of their ten attempts overall. Indeed, the Ukrainian side have scored with five of their six shots on target so far.
O. Zubkov
Goal
Shakhtar Donetsk
39' GOAL! Zubkov has pulled a goal back for Shakhtar to make it 1-2. He scores with a well-taken volley after a smart cross from Mykhailichenko out the left side.
B. Mykhailichenko
Assist
Shakhtar Donetsk
39' Mykhailichenko's cross from the left side was key to Zubkov's goal.
38' CHANCE! Madrid break quickly through Valverde, who carries the ball down the right flank before squaring the ball for Rodrygo. He then slides the ball out left to Vinicius, whose collected finish flashes just wide of the far post.
37' Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior has been directly involved in seven goals in five UEFA Champions League appearances against Shakhtar Donetsk (four goals, three assists), his most against a single opponent.
35' CHANCE! Vinicius is played in down the left flank once again and draws a fine save from Trubin. Then, moments later, Benzema draws another strong stop from him.
33' Rodrygo's goal means that he's now scored eleven for Madrid in the Champions League - equalling the great Raul for the most goals scored for the club in the competition while aged 21 or under.
31' A weak clearance from Trubin gives Madrid the chance to make it 3-0 but the effort is cleared off the line. The ball then falls to Benzema, whose sharp shot from the left side whizzes just past the post.
30' As of the end of MD2 this season, Real Madrid winger Vinicius Junior leads all players in the UEFA Champions League for chances created (33) and assists (seven) from open play since the start of 2021-22. Indeed, no player has been involved in more open play sequences ending in goals than the Brazilian in this period (18 – joint-most with Robert Lewandowski).
Rodrygo
Assist
Real Madrid
28' Rodrygo played a perfectly-weighted pass to find Vinicius for his compatriot's goal.
Vinícius Júnior
Goal
Real Madrid
28' GOAL! Benzema, Valverde and Rodrygo link up beautifully before the Brazilian slides through his compatriot Vinicius - who finishes coolly to make it 2-0.
25' A smart passage of play from Madrid ends up with the ball falling to Benzema with his back to goal - the Frenchman turns and gets a shot off but Trubin makes a strong save.
24' Shakhtar Donetsk (W1 D1) are looking to go unbeaten in their first three games of a UEFA Champions League for the first time since 2014-15, when they went on to qualify for the knockout stages under Mircea Lucescu.
22' An audacious little backheel from Benzema gives Valverde a sight of goal - but that's all it is. The Uruguayan's hurried shot is blocked.
20' Vinicius drops his shoulder and beats two men off the left wing before shooting on goal - only for his effort to be deflected and prevented by an opposing defender.
18' Among teams who have faced Real Madrid on at least 5 occasions in the UEFA Champions League, only Juventus (44 per cent), Bayern Munich (40 per cent) and Manchester City (38 per cent) have a better win percentage against them than Shakhtar Donetsk (33 per cent - 2/6). Should they win this match, their win percentage would climb to 43 per cent and trail only Juventus (44 per cent) among teams with five meetings with Los Blancos in the competition.
15' Early days but Madrid look like they're in no mood to allow an upset this evening. The Spanish side are in complete control, with their midfield triumvirate of Valverde, Tchouameni and Kroos running the show with ease.
Rodrygo
Goal
Real Madrid
13' GOAL! Rodrygo scores to put Madrid 1-0 to the good. Tchouameni plays the ball to the Brazilian who sets himself and then finishes accurately.
12' Real Madrid have won each of their last six games in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, scoring 17 goals and only conceding once in the process. This is their longest winning streak in the group stage of the competition since between November 2013 and September 2015, when they won 10 in a row.
10' Alaba tries his luck with a speculative effort from distance - but it flies over the crossbar and doesn't threaten to bother Trubin.
8' Shakhtar Donetsk won away at Real Madrid in the 2020-21 UEFA Champions League group stage, with the game played at the Alfredo Di Stéfano stadium. Only four teams have won twice away at Real in the competition: Ajax, Bayern München, Juventus and Roma.
6' Both sides look to be approaching the game in the right way - playing out from the back and trying to move the ball in a clean and intelligent manner. But going by the early stages it's clear that Madrid are going to dominate the lion's share of possession and territory.
4' Real Madrid have won four of their six UEFA Champions League matches against Shakhtar Donetsk, all in the group stage, winning both games in 2015-16 and 2021-22 but losing both in 2020-21.
2' Madrid play some nice football before finding an opening behind Shakhtar's defence - but Matvienko is there to cut it out for a corner before Benzema can take the ball down and get a shot off. The resulting set-piece comes to nothing.
1' We're underway at the Santiago Bernabeu.
This is the third consecutive season to see Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk meet in the UEFA Champions League group stage. It's only the fifth fixture to be played in three consecutive seasons in the group stage, and first since Man City vs Shakhtar between 2017-18 and 2019-20. Real Madrid last faced a team in the group stage in three seasons in a row between 2010-11 and 2012-13 vs Ajax.
Shakhtar have only made one change from the side that drew 1-1 with Celtic last time out. Mykhaylichenko has replaced Taylor at right-back.
Madrid have made five changes from the team that beat RB Leipzig 2-0 last time out. Lunin has come in for the injured Thibaut Courtois in goal while Militao and Mendy replace Rudiger and Nacho in defence. Kroos has come in for Camavinga in midfield and Benzema returns to the frontline instead of Modric.
SHAKHTAR DONETSK SUBS: Oleksey Shevchenko, Andriy Pyatov, Lassina Franck Traore, Sergey Krivstov, Danylo Sikan, Dmytro Kryskiv, Neven Djurasek, Dmytro Topalov, Lucas Taylor, Oleh Ocheretko, Eduard Serhiyovych Kozik, Ivan Petryak.
SHAKHTAR DONETSK (4-1-4-1): Anatolii Trubin; Bogdan Mykhaylichenko, Valerii Bondar, Mykola Matvienko, Yukhym Konoplya; Taras Stepanenko; Maryan Shved, Artem Bondarenko, Georgiy Sudakov, Mykhailo Mudryk; Oleksandr Zubkov.
REAL MADRID SUBS: Luis Lopez, Lucas Canizares, Jesus Vallejo, Nacho, Eden Hazard, Luka Modric, Marco Asensio, Eduardo Camavinga, Alvaro Odriozola, Lucas Vazquez, Antonio Rudiger, Mariano Diaz.
REAL MADRID (4-3-3): Andriy Lunin; Dani Carvajal, Eder Militao, David Alaba, Ferland Mendy; Federico Valverde, Aurelien Tchouameni, Toni Kroos; Rodrygo Goes, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior.
Shakhtar have also gotten their European campaign off to a good start. They've taken four points from their opening two games and come into this one second in Group F, two points shy of early-season pace-setters Madrid. An away victory will be a tall order but this is a team used to defying the odds.
Madrid come into this game sitting pretty at the top of Group F. They've taken six points from their opening two games, scoring five times and not conceding once. They'll be keen to continue building momentum and put on a show in front of a typically expectant Santiago Bernabeu.
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