Madrid (AP) – Real Madrid was embarrassed at the start of the Champions League and is in crisis early on.
Without Toni Kroos in the starting line-up, coach Zinedine Zidane’s team lost 2: 3 (0: 3) to Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday after a poor defense and an undeniable first half at home. Zidane did without the ailing captain Sergio Ramos, stars like Kroos and Karim Benzema were in the beginning alone on the couch. Last Saturday, Madrid already suffered a home defeat in the Spanish league with 1-0 against FC Cadiz.
Thanks to Ilkay Gündogan, Manchester City had a successful start in the Champions League. The German national footballer scored the second goal of the Citizens with a nice free kick in the 3-1 (1-1) against FC Porto in the 65th minute. Liverpool FC and coach Jürgen Klopp also started with a win. The winner of the premier league of 2019 won 1-0 (1-0) at Ajax Amsterdam. Nicolás Tagliafico made the decisive own goal in the 35th minute. Gündogan’s national teammate Robin Gosens made a perfect start with Atalanta Bergamo at 4-0 (3-0) at the Danish champions FC Midtjylland.
Real coach Zidane was amazed at the performance. “It was a bad game, hard work,” said the former world champion. “I’m worried about what happened. I’m responsible for it and I have to find solutions because this can’t happen.” On the other hand, there was great joy at Schachtjor, who had to start heavily decimated after a quarantine due to several corona cases. “It’s a great result for us,” said coach Luis Castro.
Tetè (29th minute), Raphael Varane (32nd / own goal) and Manor Solomon (42nd) gave the Ukrainian football champion a surprisingly high lead during half time. The third goal was played very well: Tetè hung up with the heel for Solomon, who converted with a deliberate shot. The goals of Luka Modric (54th) and Vinicius Junior (59th) were too little for the Madrid people, where ex-world champion Kroos only came into the game after 70 minutes. Real’s alleged injury time tie was dropped for offside after review of video evidence.
In the group of defending champion FC Bayern Munich, RB Salzburg and Lokomotiv Moscow split the 2-2 (1-1). Dominik Szoboszlai (45th) and ex-Bundesliga player Zlatko Junuzovic (50th) turned the lead for the guests by Eder (19th). Vitaly Lisakowitsch (75th) made the final score.