Real Madrid was embarrassed at the start of the new Champions League season. Los Blancos completely disappointed against Shakhtar Donetsk. Jürgen Klopp, on the other hand, could cheer.
Without Toni Kroos in the starting line-up, Real Madrid made an embarrassing false start in the Champions League. The team of trainer Zinedine Zidane lost on Wednesday after a poor defensive performance and unquestionable first half at home with 2: 3 (0: 3) to Shakhtar Donetsk. Zidane did without the ailing captain Sergio Ramos, stars like Kroos and Karim Benzema were in the beginning alone on the couch.
Kroos came on after 70 minutes
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. Last Saturday, Madrid already suffered a home defeat in the Spanish league with 1-0 against FC Cadiz.
Klopp can cheer again
“It was a bad night”, Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said shocked: “We missed a little bit of everything, but the most important thing is to stay calm.” However, his star ensemble is already under pressure on Tuesday at the guest appearance in Mönchengladbach because of the false start, which even Rio world champion Toni Kroos was unable to avert after being switched in the last 20 minutes.
ManCity and Liverpool, on the other hand, are on track. Gündogan turned the game against Porto with a free kick (65th) after Sergio Agüero (21st, penalty) equalized the Portuguese lead by Luis Diaz (14th). New addition Ferran Torres (73rd) made everything clear at the start of the final phase. Liverpool, meanwhile, needed an own goal from the hosts of Nicolas Tagliafico (35th) in Amsterdam.
In Salzburg, despite Moscow’s lead by Eder (19th), after goals from Dominik Szoboszlai (45th) and ex-Bremen Zlatko Junuzovic (50th), the hosts were already on their way to victory. But the Russians, who received Munich on Tuesday, kidnapped a counter with the equalizer of Vitali Lisakowitsch (75th).
Olympique Marseille suffered a setback in the Cizizens group. The former title winner lost to Olympiacos Piraeus with a goal in injury time 0: 1 (0: 0).