Watch: Karim Benzema scores second to regain Real Madrid’s lead against Shakhtar Donetsk


Real Madrid welcomed Shakhtar Donetsk to the Santiago Bernabeu this evening in another Champions League fixture.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side were second in Group D heading into the game, level on points with leaders Sheriff, two points clear of third-placed Inter and five clear of bottom-placed Shakhtar.

Madrid went into the game full of confidence given they beat Shakhtar 5-0 in Ukraine earlier this month, and got off to a good start. They controlled the majority of the early play, although remained wary to the threat Shakhtar posed on the break.

The hosts took the lead in the 14th minute. Vinicius won the ball after putting the visiting defence under pressure before squaring it for the returning Karim Benzema, who finished coolly to score the club’s 1,000th Champions League goal.

Shakhtar got back on level terms six minutes before half-time. An intelligent, lofted ball from midfield was controlled and chested down by Alan Patrick, before his fellow Brazilian Fernando got a shot off that beat Thibaut Courtois in the Madrid goal.

The Ukrainians continued to impress at the beginning of the second half, but Benzema scored his second to regain Madrid’s lead on the hour. A slick attacking move ended with Vinicius again teeing up the Frenchman to make it 2-1.

Source by Football Espana

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