Real Madrid suffered another shocking defeat against Shakhtar Donetsk, while Liverpool and Inter Milan posted massive wins in tonight’s Champions League matches.
For the second time in this UCL edition, Shakhtar beat Real Madrid, only this time at home. The final result of tonight’s clash was 2-0 for the hosts, who recorded both goals in the second half.
The guests from Spain were much better in the opening 45 minutes, constantly threatening Shakhtar, and wasting a few excellent chances. The punishment arrived after the break.
Raphael Varane once again made a mistake that cost his team. The French defender wanted to let the ball pass to his colleague from the national team, Ferland Mendy, but not noticing Dentinho. The Brazilian accepted that gift and routinely placed the ball behind Courtois in the 57th minute.
Los Blancos increased the pressure following this situation, but Solomon doubled the lead eight minutes before the end, putting an end to another sensation of this side.
In the second game of Group B, Inter defeated Borussia Monchengladbach on the road, 2-3, restoring its chances of securing the next phase. The guests’ focal point was Romelu Lukak, who netted twice, proving once more that his contribution to the field is indispensable for Nerazzurri.
Liverpool snatched a narrow victory over Ajax, 1-0, in a match that saw dozen excellent chances on both sides. Yet, the only goal came following a terrible mistake of Ajax’s goalkeeper Onana, whose poor judgment left Curtis Jones alone on the far post following one cross. There was no problem for the Reds’ player to execute.
This secures the Reds at the top spot of Group D. Atalanta is second, even though they played just 1-1 against Midtyilland, who was a massive underdog in tonight’s matchup.
Group C saw FC Porto and Manchester City playing a game without any goals. Though, it needs to be said that City appeared much better and that the guests deserved to win. Guardiola’s side didn’t allow Dragons to breathe during all 90 minutes.
Marseille came back from behind after losing to Olympiacos at halftime, The final result was 2-1, and these two sides have three points at the bottom of the group.
Finally, in Group A, the reigning European Champions, Bayern Munich, traveled to Madrid to play against Atletico without several of their biggest names. The hosts used that, snapping a point and getting out with a draw, 1-1-->
The Madridians will have to clash with Red Bull Salzburg in the last round to secure the knockout stage. The Bulls were better than Lokomotiv Moscow on the road, 1-3, and are now within two points of Atletico.