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Madrid in trouble after loss

The 13-time European Cup winners went behind in the 57th minute when Shakhtar substitute Dentinho capitalised on a lapse in concentration from defender Raphael Varane to score.
Zinedine Zidane

Reuters   |   Kyiv   |   Published 02.12.20, 04:42 AM

Real Madrid’s Champions League hopes were left hanging in the balance after they lost 0-2 at Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday. Progressing to the knockout stages is now not in their hands going into the final round of matches.

The 13-time European Cup winners went behind in the 57th minute when Shakhtar substitute Dentinho capitalised on a lapse in concentration from defender Raphael Varane to score. Israeli forward Manor Solomon then wrapped up the home side’s shock win over the Spanish champions in the 82nd with a solo run on the counter and finish into the bottom corner.

Shakhtar, who beat Madrid 3-2 away in October, are second in Group B on seven points, level with Zinedine Zidane’s Real side but ahead due to their superior head-to-head record.

In the other early match of the day, a first-half brace by Mergim Berisha helped Salzburg earn a 3-1 win at Lokomotiv Moscow.

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