Real Madrid suffered a second home loss in five days when they suffered a shock loss to Champions League opponents devastated by players excluded by positive coronavirus tests.
The 13-time European champion was a strong favorite ahead of the game against the Ukrainian team, whose coach Luis Castro had described his squad’s preparations as a “nightmare”.
Castro was without several key players after Covid-19 tore through his squad, including star striker Junior Moraes, but his patched team took a 3-0 lead at Alfredo Di Stefano.
“It’s a bad moment,” said Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane. After a comeback after the break from his side, there was a painful 3-2 defeat.
Tetês first half against Real Madrid by the numbers: 85% passing accuracy 2 successful appearances 2 shots 1 assist 1 goal dream material. 🤯🤯🤯 pic.twitter.com/sDkXfZmwCT
– Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) October 21, 2020
“At least we had a fight in the second half. The players are upset: They are champions, so it’s natural. It’s my job to find solutions because games like this are not possible.”
Madrid, who lost 1-0 at home to Cadiz in La Liga on Saturday, may have been grateful that there were no fans on their training ground to watch an impressive 45-minute opening in which they had for the first time since then Received three times, visited Lyon in September 2005.
Tete scored in the 29th minute to open the goal with a first shot that went through Raphael Varane’s legs and past Thibaut Courtois. He added five minutes later after Courtois parried his attempt for an own goal on Varane’s path.
Manor Solomon shot a third rifle 42 minutes ahead of Tete’s renewed instigator, giving the striker plenty of time to secure his spot.
The last guests to score three goals in the first half in Madrid were Bayern Munich in February 2000 and Zidane would have asked his side to keep a closer eye on Marcos Antonio, whose frantic runs were a key factor in Shakhtar’s great advantage.
Real Madrid 2 Shakhtar Donetsk 3. The result that scares European Premier League plotters and why they yearn for a closed competition. And exactly the result and drama that fans have who want to continue the Champions League.
– Henry Winter (@henrywinter) October 21, 2020
Zidane’s words to his shocked players clearly had an effect as former Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric hit with an excellent long-range shot nine minutes after the break and Vinicius Junior slacked off for a second just before the hour.
Shakhtar believed they had lasted and then their hopes seemed broken when Federico Valverde apparently equalized in extra time.
There was one final twist, however, when the offside goal was ruled out – a gruesome ending to a night Madrid had to forget ahead of El Clasico against Barcelona on Saturday.
The result meant Madrid lost to a Ukrainian team at home for the first time in their history, starting last in the table ahead of Tests against Borussia Mönchengladbach and Inter Milan in Europe.
Despite their determination to correct a terrible start, Madrid’s goal scorers were realistic about the quality of their performance.
Real Madrid have lost four of their last seven UCL home games. They had previously lost four of 54 UCL home games that go back to Cristiano Ronado’s first season in 2009/10 😳 pic.twitter.com/AxVE5p1hYY
– ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) October 21, 2020
“We weren’t good enough,” said Modric. “We played better in the second half, but it wasn’t enough.
“We know Shakhtar are a good team and we haven’t underestimated them. Simply put, we didn’t start well, they scored the first goal and we dropped our heads.”
Striker Vinicius Junior repeated the Croatian star. “We didn’t play well,” he admitted. “We’re all in it together, but it’s difficult to talk today.
“Nobody did things well and we couldn’t do what the boss asked us to do.”
Castro was understandably thrilled with a win that might have been as surprising to him as it was to terrified viewers around the world.
“We knew what difficulties to expect and planned our strategy accordingly,” he said.
“The players did everything absolutely fantastic. We were a united team from the first to the last minute.
“The first half was our best of the season. We created chances and could have scored more goals in the second half.”
“When the score was 3-2 we had to defend even more and we thought, ‘Oh, let this game end as soon as possible. “Overall, we have shown our quality in terms of tactics and skill.”
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