Real Madrid 2-1 Shakhtar Donetsk: The hosts have won three times

It is the first time since the 2014-15 campaign that Real Madrid have won their first three group games

Real Madrid made it three wins in this season’s Champions League, beating Shakhtar Donetsk at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The hosts’ early dominance spoke volumes as Rodrygo opened the scoring before Vinicius Jr extended the lead.

Oleksandr Zubkov gave the visitors hope with a well-taken header over the Ukrainians.

However, Shakhtar could not find an equaliser, as the Spanish giants edged ever closer to securing a place in the play-offs.

Real Madrid got off to the perfect start when Rodrygo struck from the edge of the box after finding the impressive Aurelien Tchouameni.

Karim Benzema, Federico Valverde and Rodrygo connected well, the latter of which Vinicius Jr. to enter the second home team.

Despite dominating the first half, Carlo Ancelotti’s side went in at half-time alone after Zubkov headed Bogdan Mykhaylychenko’s cross past Madrid’s Ukrainian Andriy Lunin, but the visitors were unable to find a point.

Shakhtar remain second in Group F, one point above RB Leipzig, and face Madrid in the second leg in Warsaw on Tuesday.

The eleven

Real Madrid

training 4-3-3

  • 13moon
  • 2Carvajal
  • 3militancy
  • 4daughter
  • 23Mendy
  • 15Valverde
  • 18Tchouamenireplaced bycamavingin 75′minutes
  • 8Kroos
  • 21Rodrygoreplaced byAscensionin 80′minutes
  • 9Benzema
  • 20Vinicius Junior


  • 5Vallejo
  • 6Nacho
  • 7E Risk
  • 10Modric
  • 11Ascension
  • 12camaving
  • 16Odriozol
  • 17Vazquez
  • 22Rudiger
  • 24Mariano
  • 26Lopez Andugar
  • 30Canizares

Shakhtar Donetsk

training 4-1-4-1

  • 81Trubin
  • 26Cannabis
  • 5bumble beeBooked in 55 minutes
  • 22Matviyenko
  • 15Mykhailichenko
  • 6Stepanenkoreplaced byTraorein 88′minutes
  • 9swedishreplaced byPetryin 67′minutes
  • 21Bondarenko
  • 8Sudakovreplaced byDurasin 88′minutes
  • 10MudrykBooked in 90 minutes
  • 11Zubkovreplaced bySikanin 67′minutes


  • 1Shevchenko
  • 2Traore
  • 4Krivtsov
  • 14Sikan
  • 16Cross disk
  • 17Duras
  • 20Topalov
  • 23Maia Reis
  • 27Ocheretko
  • 30Piatov
  • 32Kozik
  • 34Petry

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