Real Madrid VS Shakhtar Donetsk Final – LIVE Reddit Soccer 03/11/2021
Real Madrid will be looking to build on last month’s 5-0 thrashing of Shakhtar Donetsk when they welcome the Ukrainian outfit to the Santiago Bernabeu for another Champions League battle on Wednesday night. An entertaining encounter with plenty of goalmouth action is to be expected in the Spanish capital, as 23 goals have been scored in the previous five meetings between these two sides at an average of 4.6 goals per game.
A brace from Vinicius Junior helped Los Blancos secure all three points and move to within one point of La Liga leaders Real Sociedad, with a game in hand. Carlo Ancelotti‘s side have seemingly managed to regain their consistency in recent weeks, with three victories and a draw in their last four matches across all competitions. This run includes an emphatic 5-0 thrashing of Shakhtar Donetsk in the reverse fixture on October 19.
Real Madrid will have been pleased to have beaten the Ukrainian outfit so convincingly last time out, considering they were defeated by them on both occasions in last season’s Champions League group stage, which put them at risk of an embarrassing elimination at the first hurdle, something which would have been considered unthinkable for the 13-time European champions. Another shock on Wednesday cannot be ruled out, however, following September’s 2-1 defeat at home against Moldovan minnows Sheriff Tiraspol, who incredibly top Group D heading into gameweek four.
Form on home soil is something which needs to be addressed by Ancelotti, as they have failed to win each of their last three games at the Santiago Bernabeu. In addition, Los Blancos have lost three of their last eight home matches in the group stage of the Champions League, including last season’s 3-2 defeat against Shakhtar. Victory in midweek could see Real Madrid climb to the summit of Group D, if Sheriff were to drop points against Inter Milan, though qualifying for the knockout rounds is far from certain at this stage.
First-half goals from Manor Solomon and Heorhiy Sudakov as well as second-half strikes from Tete and Fernando ensured the Hirnyky are still within touching distance of Ukrainian champions Dynamo Kiev, who sit three points clear at the summit. While their domestic form has been unsurprisingly strong, Shakhtar’s efforts in the Champions League have left a little to be desired after claiming just one point from their opening three Group D matches.
Roberto De Zerbi‘s men are also one of three teams in this year’s competition – along with Dynamo Kiev and Malmo – who are yet to score. Their last strike in the competition was in fact away against Real Madrid last season. Shakhtar would have gone into last month’s encounter against Los Blancos with plenty of confidence after doing the double over them last season. However, the five-goal drubbing by the Spanish giants has hindered their hopes of advancing from Group D.
De Zerbi needs to somehow transfer Shakhtar’s domestic form over to their Champions League campaign quickly, if they are to climb from the foot of Group D and progress into the knockout stages, a potentially dramatic comeback that seems unlikely but is not impossible. The squad were in at Real Madrid City for the first training session of the week as they begin preparations for the Champions League matchday four encounter this Wednesday at the Santiago Bernabéu against Shakhtar Donetsk.
After the warm-up, the players split into two rondos while the goalkeepers worked on specific exercises. This was followed by tactical work, possession and pressing with small goals. The session concluded with attacking and defensive work, crossing and finishing. Ceballos worked both inside and outside, while Valverde, Bale and Rodrygo trained indoors.
Real Madrid is going head to head with Shakhtar Donetsk starting on 3 Nov 2021 at 17:45 UTC at Santiago Bernabeu stadium, Madrid city, Spain. The match is a part of the UEFA Champions League, Group D. Real Madrid played against Shakhtar Donetsk in 2 matches this season. Currently, Real Madrid rank 1st, while Shakhtar Donetsk hold 4th position. Looking to compare the best-rated player on both teams? SofaScore’s rating system assigns each player a specific rating based on numerous data factors.