Real Madrid rocked by shock Shakhtar Donetsk defeat in Champions League



Real Madrid's Serbian forward Luka Jovic (L) challenges Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazilian midfielder Marcos Antonio during the UEFA Champions League group B football match between Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk at the Alfredo di Stefano stadium in Valdebebas on the outskirts of Madrid on October 21, 2020.

Real Madrid suffered a shock 3-2 home defeat to a makeshift Shakhtar Donetsk side, their second loss in five days.

Zinedine Zidane, who was without a host of injured players including Dani Carvajal, Eden Hazard and Sergio Ramos, saw his side deliver a toothless and flat first half performance.

Shakhtar, who had ten first-team players ill or injured, created the better chances in the first half on the counter attack and took the lead through Tete's low finish in the box.

After Luka Jovic missed a sitter, the Ukraine side doubled their lead when Thibaut Courtois could only parry Tete's long-range drive and Raphael Varane put the rebound into his own net.

And it got even worse for Los Blancos when Tete's deft backheel found Manor Solomon free in the box and he rifled the ball into the corner to make it 3-0.

Karim Benzema was brought on at the break and the home side became more clinical with more movement in the final third. Luka Modric started the fightback with a stunning strike from around 25 yards, his first goal since January.

Vinicius Jr, who came on for the ineffective Jovic, made it 3-2 with his first touch after dispossessing Marlos.

But the visitors held on despite spurning some good opportunities of their own, and Federico Valverde's stoppage time strike being ruled out for off-side, to pile on the misery for Real ahead of the El Clasico with Barcelona.

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