Shakhtar Donetsk vs Real Madrid summary: scores, goals and highlights | Champions League
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Real Madrid: first half
In a match that started quite equally in Kiev there were initially few chances. Madrid, however, were simply probing one could say. As time ticked on it became quite clear the difference in quality. With stellar performances from Vinicius Jr., Rodrygo and Benzema the Madrid attack slowly began lay siege to the Shaktar defense.
The Brazilian in particular put on an exhibition as he danced through the area on the occasion of his second goal, ending the move with a deft chip into the goal as if to punctuate the point that the early season doubters were wrong.
Shaktar to their credit kept playing throughout. It could even be said that until the own goal breakthrough for Madrid they were holding their own. Yet on the other hand as the match wore on it became clearer that Madrid was only just getting started.
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And it's all over here in Kiev as Real Madrid run out 5-0 winners against Shaktar Donetsk in this UEFA Champions League Group D match.
Mudryik is played in 1 on 1 with Cortois but the Belgian is alert to the threat and just manages to block the shot.
Benzema gets his goal! The Frenchman is allowed to control the ball in front the Shaktar goal after doubt of offside. The flag staid down, however, and the Balon d'Or candidate turned and shot making it 5-0!
There will be 3 minutes of stoppage time.
Benzema is tackled in front the area and Shaktar mount an attack.
As we approach the end of this UEFA Champions League Group D match, Madrid will have to feel very satisfied with their performance. Los Blancos have been both disciplined and clinical.
Debutant Jesus Vallejo is about to enter the field for Militao. A historic moment for the youngster from Zaragoza.
Camavinga tries to find Benzema in the area with a direct pass from midfield but it's just behind his compatriot.
Again Madrid probe as they seem to be looking for more.
Dangerous ball into Vincius Jr. who finds himself in space but is unable to make the final pass in the area. Benzema looks on in frustration.
Madrid in their stide now as the play to Marcelo who is playing in an advanced role along the left side.
Camavinga is keen to get in on the act as he drives forward on the left side.
Shaktar look a beaten team now as they allow Madrid to play around the backline without pressure.
We;re almost at 80 minutes and Madrid continue to lead here in Kiev 4-0.
PAtrick out for Stepanenko
Modric out for Camavinga and Rodrygo for Asensio
Madrid closing out the match in style. Benzema collects on the left where he is now operating in tandem with Marcelo.
Fernando is off for Mudryik and Ismaily is off for Korniienko
Fernando is off for Mudryik and Ismaily is off for Korniienko
Madrid content to play around the backline for the moment. Barring catastrophic events they will finish the game as winners here in Kiev as they lead 4-0 in the 71st minute.
Cortois to start from the back. The keeper finds Rodrygo who immediately sets Benzema free. The Frenchman receives and dribbles his way into the area only to finally be blocked by Trubin in the Shaktar goal.
Madrid make their first change with Mendy leaving the field of play for Marcelo
There will be a stoppage of play as Dodo appears to have rolled his ankle. He is on his feet but in visible discomfort.
Shaktar see Fernando's effort just saved by Cortois and then the follow up shot blocked. The Ukrainians rebuild.
At 65 minutes we continue at 4-0 with Madrid currently winning in Kiev against Shaktar Donetsk.
Rodrygo offcially makes it a rout. Benzema robbed Marlon and then played Vinicius Jr. through who in turn found Rodrygo with a back pass to the penalty spot. The Brazilian's shot found the roof of the net from close range.
Pedrihno has a go from distance but it drifts wide of Madrid's goal.
Shaktar rob possession and play to the left.
Modric with a pass into space for Vinicius Jr. who finds Benzema. Madrid begin to construct.
With half hour left, it seems Frenchman Camavinga is warming up on the sideline.
From the corner Patrick sees his volley blocked for another corner.
Fernando Ismaily tries to cross from the left but is blocked by Rodrygo.
Shaktar for their part have not stopped playing but at this point it will take nothing short of heroics to get something from this game.
Vinicius Jr. who has garnered criticism in some circles this season is proving the doubters wrong as he continues his rich vein of form with 2 goals tonight.
Madrid now lead 3-0 here in Kiev Olympic Stadium!
Vinicius Jr. is putting on a show. The Brazilian dances through the defense before finding himself at point blank range in front of the Shaktar goal at which point he fires the ball into the roof of the net! What a goal!
Pedrihno shows technique and calm in a tight space inside Madrid's area but his shot if without force and Cortois takes it easily.
Rodrygo is sent down the right side and appeals for a foul after Marlon makes a challenge. The referee waves play on.
Madrid now lead here in Kiev 2-0 over Shaktar Donetsk.
MAdrid regain possession and Mendy starts them on their way from defense.
Shaktar to their credit seem unfazed and are attempting to right themselves.
Outstanding team goal by Madrid. After clever play by Benzema, the Frenchman played the ball to Modric at the top of the area who then obliged with a deft one touch pass into space, setting Vinicius Jr. in front of a helpless Trubin in goal. The Brazilian in turn followed suit with a cheeky dink into the net.
For the moment Madrid appear to be a little shaken by the constant pressure from Shaktar. They rebuild through Casemiro.
Shaktar have started the 2nd half with a very high line showing that they intend to give no quarter to Madrid.
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One has to wonder what Shaktar's coach will say to his players as they have given a good account of themselves in this first half. They will have to be calmer in possession if they hope to get anything from this match.
If you're just joining us here on AS Diario English, we welcome you to our live text coverage of this UEFA Champions League Group D match between Shaktar Donetsk and Real Madrid. It's half time at the moment and Madrid leads 1-0 in Kiev after an own goal by Shaktar's Krytsov.
Surprisingly there was no stoppage time as we witnessed a first half with almost no fouls. Both teams have showed a high level of technical and tactical aptitude. We of course know this to be the case with Real Madrid, however, Shaktar is definitely giving a showcase of why they are known as the 'Samba Boys.'
Credit must be given to Shaktar's Dodo as he is consistently able to keep toe to toe with the dangerous Vinicius Jr.
As we approach the half, Madrid are finishing strong as Shaktar are now finding it hard to maintain possession when they have it.
The corner is cleared but Madrid maintain and work the ball to the right and Vinicius Jr. but the ball is put out for a Madrid throw.
Again out of nothing after a failed clearance by Shaktar's defense Benzema fires a shot forcing a save out of the Shaktar keeper. A corner to be taken.
Interestingly there have been very few fouls in what has been a high level tactical affair.
Shaktar will feel disappointed as they have limited Madrid to shots from distance and in the end it was an own goal that undid them.
Shaktar are collecting themselves as they play the ball around the backline.
Almost immediately Madrid have sprung to life with Benzema forcing a save out of Trubin moments after the touch.
And out nothing a goal - except its an own goal as Kryvtsov attempted to cut out the pass from Rodrygo to Benzema only to guide it over his own keeper and into the net. He lies slumped on the turf for an absolute age after the goal flies in, absolutely gutted by that slice of bad luck.
Fernando is almost set off on a 1 on 1 against Militao but commits a foul in the process.
Marlon in the center of defense for the Ukrainian side is showing himself to be a fine defender
Madrid play out from the back once again.
Soloman makes his way down the left side yet again and provides a decent cross but once more there is no Shaktar teammate to be found. Soloman is proving himself to be a real threat to the Madrid defense.
Benzema after good work from Rodrygo who provided, ends with a fierce shot. What he had in power, however, he lacked in accuracy as the shot finds the stands.
Madrid start from the back with Cortois who plays to Alaba and Madrid are on their way.
Shaktar are again taking the tempo of the game down as they hold the ball in their defense in an apparent attempt to bait Madrid forward.
Lucas Vaquez does well to come infield from the right side passing to Kroos who unleashes a well placed drive forcing Trubin into a save in the Shaktar goal.
It's not just the possession either. For the moment the side from Kiev is giving as good as they are getting.
Shaktar are proving themselves a solid opponent as the possession stats now sit at 50-50
Rodrygo tries his luck on the right side and after some inventive technique he is forced out of play by the resolute Shaktar defense.
Madrid starts again through Modric who plays wide to Vinicius Jr, but he is easily dispossessed by Maycon who at the moment seems to be everywhere.
Lucas Vasquez with a speculative header which finds the hands of the Shaktar keeper.
Madrid is showing a similar inability to break down Shaktar as they did against Sheriff. In both cases they are in front of a team that is not afraid to play with and maintain the ball.
In perhaps the best moment of the match so far Shaktar worked the ball along the byline only to see the back pass cleared off the Madrid goal line by Mendy.
So far Maycon in the middle has proven a real threat to Madrid.
Defended well by Shaktar they start their way up the field. You get the sense they are comfortable on the ball enjoying shorter passes rather than looking for an immediate long ball into space.
Toni Kroos plays Mendy into space on the left who then crosses into the area, finding Casemiro who sees his effort blocked for a corner.
As if on queue Madrid has started to settle themselves, Modric, who has so far been absent has started to find space in the middle of the ground. He will be essential if Los Blancos are to get something from this game.
Shaktar is clearly growing in confidence as they can see this Madrid side is not at it's best.
Vinicius sees his shot fly into the stands after finding space in front the area.
Unfortunately the corner is easily cleared and Shaktar mount a counter attack
Madrid wins the first corner of the game!
Though they are dominating in possession at the moment, there has been no real threat on the Ukrainians goal.
Vinicius Jr. seems to be having a bit more joy down the right side compared to his compatriot Rodrygo.
Madrid is no taking command of possession as they work the ball to the left side of the field.
For the moment Shaktar seems almost humorously content to sit and wait with the ball while attempting to entice Madrid into pressing.
Fernando almost breaking into the area but he is eventually thwarted by Mendy of Madrid.
Vinicius Jr. is robbed in a crafty manner in midfield as Shaktar mounts their own attack.
In these opening moments there has been no clear dominance by either team, though Madrid has had a couple of shots, they have been from distance.
Madrid is now on the up. A shot from distance by Benzema forces the Shaktar keeper to dive to his right in an effort to stop it.
After decent build up play between Rodrygo, Vinicius Jr. and Benzema, the play ends in a shot from the Frenchman that goes just wide.
The boys from Ukraine seem very calm as they take - with patience - the game to Real Madrid in these opening exchanges.
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With 3 degrees on the thermometer, Los Blancos will be hoping to heat things up after there surprise loss 2 weeks ago!
The teams are in the tunnel and ready to make there way out onto the field here in Kiev at the Kiev Olympic Stadiium!
It's almost time for kickoff here in this UEFA Champions League Group D clash between Shaktar Donetsk and Real Madrid!
Madrid will most definitely be taking nothing for granted after being put down in sensational fashion against newboys Sheriff Tiraspol.
Welcome to our live text coverage of this UEFA Champions League Group Stage clash between Shaktar Donetsk and Real Madrid. Madrid are reeling after a shock loss in their last game to Moldovan side Sheriff Tiraspol, while the 'Samba Boys' of the Ukraine will feel the Spanish are ripe for the picking!