Real Madrid already has one foot in the round of 16 of the Champions League after its victory against Shartack Donetsk. Rodrygo and Vinicius Júnior gave the white team the advantage while Oleksandr Zubkov scored a great goal for the Ukrainian team. Real Madrid remains undefeated in the tournament with a perfect score, 9 points of 9.
Real Madrid needed calm in the Champions League, to leave their group practically sentenced with their full number of victories, to rotate and focus on the league pulse with Barcelona from now on.
The second goal seemed to sentence the game and announce a win. However, Real Madrid missed so many shots that, although it seemed incredible, Shakhtar’s first dangerous arrival put the game exciting again. Karim Benzema did not have a great night again, far away from the goal despite his attempts, with two clear finals when the post prevented Marco Asensio’s goal.
In the next match of the 2022-23 Champions League group stage, Real Madrid, leader of group F with 9 points, will be the one to visit Shakhtar (2nd with 4 points). Meanwhile, Celtic (4th with 1 point) will host RB Leipzig (3rd with 3 points, in the Europa League zone). The match will be played at Celtic Park.
The 1-1 draw signed on Sunday against Osasuna represented the first loss of points for the white team, after nine consecutive wins in different competitions.
But at the same time, this celebration against Shakhtar Donetsk also brought a smile to the face of Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid’s experienced Italian manager. It is that, thanks to these three points achieved in the Spanish capital, the coach equaled a historical record in the Champions Legue and was one step away from surpassing it. Carlo Ancelotti equaled the mark obtained by Alex Ferguson as the manager with the most victories in the Champions League.
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