UEFA Champions League

  • K. Benzema 30’
  • Cristiano Ronaldo 81’
UEFA Champions League
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu
Attendance 66,389


    • KICK OFF
    • 0'
      That's all from me, Keeghann Sinanan here, signing off and wishing you all the best.
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      The referee ends things at the Bernabeu, and Madrid wrap up another comfortable win. That's 10 goals in two games for them, with Ronaldo grabbing eight of them, including a treble tonight. Los Blancos are off to a winning start in Group A - where PSG have also defeated Malmo.
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      Pyatov's terrible mistake gifted Benzema the only goal of the game in what has been something of a stop-start contest so far. Madrid haven't been at their best and have seen Bale depart with injury, but have the lead that their play just about warrants. Still plenty to play for though, with Shakhtar
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      Shakhtar thrashed Metalist 5-0 last time out, and long-serving coach Mircea Lucescu has made one alteration to that team. Captain Darijo Srna is back in the side, as Vasyl Kobin makes way. Vice captain Alex Teixeira is one of five Brazilians in the starting lineup for the Ukrainians.
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      Benitez makes two changes from the side that beat Espanyol, with Raphael Varane coming in for Pepe in defence, while Toni Kroos replaces Casemiro in midfield. Gareth Bale tucks in behind Karim Benzema, with Isco and Ronaldo flanking. Mateo Kovacic doesn't get his first start once again as he is name
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      Shakhtar Donetsk (4-2-3-1): Pyatov; Srna, Kucher, Rakitskiy, Marcio Azevedo; Fred, Stepanenko; Marlos, Teixeira, Taison; Gladkiy.
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      Real Madrid (4-2-3-1): Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Modric, Kroos; Isco, Bale, Ronaldo; Benzema.
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      Shakhtar themselves are in the group stages for the 11th time, but endured qualifying-round wins over Fenerbahce and Rapid Vienna to get here. The Ukrainians made it to the round of 16 last season, but were trounced by Bayern 7-0 on aggregate. A 0-0 draw in the first leg could not be built upon as t
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      Madrid come into this match on the back of a 6-0 drubbing of Espanyol - with all but one of the goals scored by Cristiano Ronaldo, who put what was a (for him) drought of two scoreless games to bed. This is the 20th group stage campaign for Los Blancos since the competition switched to the Champions
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      Group A also features Paris Saint-Germain and Malmo, with tonight's meeting in the Spanish capital the first-ever continental clash between Madrid and Shakhtar. Rafa Benitez takes charge of Los Blancos for the first time in  the UCL, with Florentino Perez and Co. surely wanting the former Inter and
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      Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Champions League clash between Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk. Europe's premier competition is back for another season with the 2014 winners facing off against the always-dangerous Ukrainians. I'm Keeghann Sinanan, your guide for all the action.
    • 1'
      Off we go!
    • 3'
      Real Madrid have dominated possession to start this game. They win an early corner, which is played short to Isco, who shapes to shoot with his right, only for the ball to sail over the top of the bar.
    • 5'
      Varane has his pocket picked in his own back yard, with Marlos getting a hold of possession right at the byline in the Madrid area. Teixeira is making a run to the near post, but he can't sort out his feet in time to connect with the ball.
    • 7'
      Another corner for Madrid and another header that goes off the mark. Kroos finds Varane for a looping attempt that doesn't force Pyatov into a save. Fairly quiet start to this one.
    • 9'
      Azevedo has looked lively so far, and he profits from a stumble by Carvajal to race goalside of the full-back. He fires one for the top corner on the near side but misses the target from a good position.
    • 11'
      Shakhtar aren't looking fazed by Madrid here in the early exchanges. They're quite happy to let them have the ball in midfield and take their chances by pouncing on mistakes and gaps left in defence.
    • 13'
      And just as I say that, Shakhtar switch off for a second, which leads to a good attack for Madrid! Isco works the ball to the back post where Bale delicately tries to convert, but Pyatov covers the space in the end and smothers!
    • 15'
      SHOULD HAVE BEEN 1-0! Ronaldo does brilliantly to mummify his marker on the turn, and slips in Benzema with the perfect ball. The Frenchman rounds the keeper and has an empty net to aim at via a slight angle, but he can't keep it down and slides it over the bar!
    • 17'
      Now it's Ronaldo's turn to try to get on the scoresheet as he lashes one on goal from the left, but he never connected with it properly and it goes wide of the target. Madrid starting to ramp it up.
    • 19'
      Nervous moment for Navas as he lets the ball run dangerously towards the far post before eventually shepherding it away from goal. The crowd didn't like that one bit, especially as it came on the back of a sustained spell of pressure from the hosts.
    • 21'
      The game has settled into a bit of a lull here as Madrid continue to try to break down the opposition. Shakhtar have acquitted themselves well, however, and have the pace and trickery to trouble the home side.
    • 23'
      Madrid are playing a bit of a dangerous game at the back at times. It's admirable that they have the confidence to pass it among their defensive players and try to play their way out of trouble, but Shakhtar's pressing has come threateningly close more than once.
    • 25'
      The home fans aren't too impressed with what they're seeing, with a very nervy atmosphere at the Bernabeu at present. Elsewhere, Paris Saint-Germain have taken a 1-0 lead against Malmo in the other Group A clash.
    • 28'
      Taison just squeezes in ahead of the first defender to get on the end of a pass from Teixeira, but Varane then covers to clear the ball in time. Moments later, there appears to be a problem for Bale, who is down.
    • 30'
      G K. Benzema Assist G. Bale
    • 30'
      WHAT A GIFT! Pyatov surrenders the first goal by dropping a cross from Isco, which allows Benzema the opportunity to tap home! Madrid have the lead on the half-hour mark!
    • 31'
      SI M. Kovačić SO G. Bale
    • 31'
      G. Bale is replaced with M. Kovačić.
    • 32'
      T. Stepanenko is cautioned by the referee.
    • 32'
      It appears that Bale will not be able to continue, as Kovacic comes on in his place. Either the former Inter man or Modric will now assume the No. 10 role behind Benzema. Moments later, Stepanenko is carded for pulling back Ronaldo.
    • 34'
      Madrid have a decent free-kick chance from about 25 yards out. Ronaldo eschews a shot to clip one in for Ramos instead, but the defender gets called for a foul, despite going flying himself.
    • 36'
      Kovacic picks up possession about 35 yards from goal and races forward, only to see his space for a shot evaporate at the last second under pressure. Half time approaching now.
    • 38'
      Apart from Ronaldo and the full-backs, there's no Madrid players looking to make runs in behind the defence. Too many playmakers on the pitch at the moment, it seems. Will Benitez change things at the break?
    • 40'
      Modric drills a shot wide from 20 yards after a momentary lapse at the back from Taison, as Madrid continue to probe their way to a second goal before the interval. Five minutes to go.
    • 42'
      Shakhtar haven't had too many positive moments but they can look for Azevedo out on the left, who has usually been able to get the better of Carvajal off the ball when making a run.
    • 44'
      Ronaldo can't convery from Marcelo's cross and moments later, he slides a ball in behind the defence for Benzema, who in turn is unable to shake off the attention of a marker and make a connection.
    • 46'
      SI Pepe SO G. Bale
    • 46'
      Pepe comes on for R. Varane.
    • 46'
      Off we go again!
    • 48'
      KUCHER WITH A CRUCIAL TOUCH! Benzema leads a two-on-one break and has Kucher back-pedaling with Ronaldo peeling away to the far side. He tries to slide in his Portuguese team-mate, but the pass is intercepted by the defender, preventing what looked like a sure-fire second!
    • 50'
      RED CARD TO SHAKHTAR! Stepanenko picks up a second yellow card for a foul on Sergio Ramos. It was a risky challenge, particularly as he was already on a booking. He slid in and left the skipper in a heap. Shakhtar now have a mountain to climb.
    • 52'
      Madrid are in complete control now, passing the opposition into oblivion. Srna has to block an attempt from Ronaldo as the home side swarm all over the opposition. They're really feeling that man disadvantage.
    • 54'
      PENALTY TO REAL MADRID! Benzema shows amazing trickery to fool two defenders down the left, before cutting the ball back to Ronaldo inside. The Portuguese slams one on goal, but Srna is deemed to have handled the ball during his block, even though it appeared to slam off his back!
    • 55'
      D. Srna is cautioned by the referee.
    • 55'
      RONALDO MAKES NO MISTAKE! He drills the penalty to the goalkeeper's right but there's a sense of injustice after the softness of the initial call by the referee.
    • 57'
      A tempting cross from Srna is hooked to the back post and is BEGGING to be converted. Gladkiy tries to oblige with a header but he can't keep it on target! That was a great chance!
    • 59'
      SI Nacho SO G. Bale
    • 59'
      Nacho enters play, replacing Sergio Ramos.
    • 59'
      Nacho has entered the fray for Ramos as departs, still clutching the shoulder that he appeared to tweak during the foul by Stepanenko that got him sent off. That's all three subs used by Madrid now.
    • 61'
      Great chance for Madrid again as Ronaldo fires a free-kick towards goal from the edge of the area, bouncing the ball onto the roof of the net. This could get a whole lot worse for the Ukrainians.
    • 63'
      RONALDO DOES IT AGAIN! The Madrid attacker makes it seven goals in the week with another spot-kick, buried in the same corner as last time. Madrid are cruising now.
    • 63'
      ANOTHER MADRID PENALTY! Azevedo is adjudged to have handled the ball in the area. This time, it's a clearer call for the referee to make as the ball struck the defender's arm quite cleanly.
    • 65'
      It's all one-way traffic at the moment with Madrid camped around the edge of the Shakhtar penalty area. The visitors have all 10 men camped in their own defensive third as they bid to keep the scoreline down.
    • 67'
      SI M. Malyshev SO G. Bale
    • 67'
      Taison is replaced with M. Malyshev.
    • 67'
      Taison has departed for Maksim Malyshev in a change for the visitors. What is striking to me is the lack of emphasis being put on stopping the deeper runners in the Madrid ranks. It's almost too much focus on the likes of Ronaldo.
    • 70'
      Benzema could have done better there after picking up the ball on the right side of the area from Modric's feed. The Frenchman scuffed his shot and it went wide of the top corner. About 20 minutes to go.
    • 72'
      Isco weaves his way into space at the top of the box and attempts to pick out Ronaldo to complete his hat-trick, but the ball is too close to Pyatov, who grabs it just in front of the Portuguese.
    • 74'
      Ronaldo latches onto a long ball over the top and there's only one thing on his mind, but his low shot bounces into the wrong side of the net. I won't bet against him completing his hat-trick though, there's still time.
    • 75'
      SI V. Kovalenko SO G. Bale
    • 75'
      O. Kucher is yellow-carded.
    • 75'
      V. Kovalenko enters the game and replaces Marlos.
    • 76'
      BENZEMA! He should have had a hat-trick by now. Isco once again pulls the strings with a great shimmy and cross down the left-hand side. There's a free header on offer for the Frenchman, but he plants it over.
    • 79'
      Malyshev has a rare chance to pull one back for the visitors, but his attempt from long range never stopped rising. Moments later, he's booked for going in clumsily on Carvajal.
    • 80'
      M. Malyshev gets yellow.
    • 81'
      G Cristiano Ronaldo Assist G. Bale
    • 81'
      SI Bernard SO G. Bale
    • 81'
      O. Gladkiy is replaced with Bernard.
    • 81'
      RONALDO MAKES IT FOUR! Hat-trick for the Portuguese, who converts from close range after Marcelo saw his shot blocked. That's eight goals in two games now for him.
    • 83'
      This has been completely comfortable for Madrid throughout. There has been a conspicuous lack of quality from Shakhtar in the final third, and they never stood a chance once down to 10 men.
    • 85'
      WHAT A SAVE FROM PYATOV! Ronaldo does excellently to cushion a header into the path of Benzema, and the Frenchman lashes an effort on goal that is pushed around the post by the keeper!
    • 87'
      Madrid work a spell of possession around the edge of the area, and the ball breaks for Benzema just inside the box after decent work from Kovacic. However, his strike is smothered by the keeper.
    • 89'
      Ronaldo tried to cut in from the left to strike, but he overran the ball a little and the defence can recover it. Shakhtar attack, and Srna tries to angle a ball to the near post but it's too far behind his teammates.
    • 90'
      Good work from Navas, who has had almost nothing to do throughout. A speculative shot takes a deflection that changes the direction of the ball and forces the keeper to stick out a hand to divert it over.
    • 45'
      That's the end of the first half.
    • 90'
      Madrid are playing out the last few minutes in complete control, passing the ball around and making Shakhtar expend what little energy they have left. The visitors just want this one to be over now.

    Line Up

    Daniel Carvajal


    Sergio Ramos


    Zinedine Zidane
    Luis Castro



    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0


    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%


    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%


    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0


    Fouls Conceded 14 8
    Yellow Cards 0 4
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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