Thanks to a double from Benzema, Real Madrid overcame Shakhtar Donetsk this Wednesday evening in the Champions League (2-1).
The new Bernabeu is a reflection of the team it houses – the Real Madrid: still a bit under construction. Capable of blowing hot and cold this season, especially on the European scene, Carlo Ancelotti’s formation was still in a half-fig, half-grape day this Wednesday evening against the Shakhtar Donetsk. An opponent that the Madrilenians have yet crushed 0-5 in Kiev two weeks ago. In this fourth act of the group stage of the Champions League in fact, no river score. Just a small victory with appreciable consequences in the standings (2-1).
Perhaps numb in this unusual schedule and while the first frost (barely 8 degrees of mercury, much less felt) already raging in the Spanish capital, the Merengues struggled to play the game in the first period, well served by a opposing defensive blunder to open hostilities by the inevitable Benzema, with the help of a Vinicius in ambush (1-0, 14e). A few minutes earlier, the Ukrainians had touched wood on an attempt by Alan Patrick (10e). A free warning that the locals did not necessarily take into account …
Benzema-Vinicius, the good deal
More and more threatening, the attackers of Shakhtar ended up finding the loophole, shortly before the break, not without a beautiful inspiration from Alan Patrick for a decisive breast delivery for the benefit of Fernando, who had previously requested Courtois as the stirring Mudryk (1-1, 39e). Everything remained to be done for Real in the second half, faced with increasingly urgent and bold visitors. And while the blunders seemed to condemn Madrid to suffer, the club with 13 C1 suddenly came out of its torpor thanks to the address of its number 9.
Well served once again by a Vinicius yet ill-inspired tonight, Benzema was going for his double on the hour mark to make the difference (2-1, 61e). Son 13e goal of the season in all competitions, in 14 games – the fourth in the Champions League – and the 1000th in the history of the White House in the queen of European competitions. Especially not anecdotal given the importance of this continental success which allows Real to set the record straight in its pool, pending a possible revenge to be taken in Tiraspol in three weeks (the Sheriff had won 1- 2 at the Bernabeu at the end of September).