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Real Madrid endure worst Champions League first half since 2005

Visitors Shakhtar Donetsk stunned Real Madrid on Wednesday, hitting three goals past the Spanish champions in a remarkable first half.

Real Madrid endure worst Champions League first half since 2005
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Real Madrid conceded three goals in the first half of a Champions League match for the first time in over 15 years as they went 0-3 behind to Shakhtar Donetsk at the Di Stéfano on Wednesday evening.

Shakhtar do demolition job on Real Madrid

Despite missing 10 first-team players due to positive coronavirus tests or injury, Shakhtar ran riot in the opening half of the Group B clash in Madrid. Their three goals came in the space of 13 minutes, with Teté sliding an assured finish into the bottom-left corner to break the deadlock just before the half-hour. Raphaël Varane scored an own goal four minutes later, with Manor Solomon then making it 0-3 from Teté's neat backheel.

It meant Madrid let in three first-half goals in the Champions League for the first time since September 2005, in their Matchday 1 meeting with Olympique Lyon at Stade de Gerland.

Three first-half goals against Bayern 20 years ago

Madrid had not conceded three in the first 45 minutes of a home match in the competition since February 2000, against Bayern Munich.


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