Shakhtar Donetsk went into the half-time break with a 3-0 lead against Real Madrid on Wednesday evening, with this scoreline after 45 minutes being the worst Los Blancos have ever experienced in the Champions League.
Given that Real Madrid lost 1-0 at home to Cadiz last weekend, Zinedine Zidane was understandably frustrated that his side had once again started the match in such a poor fashion. The Frenchman criticised his players for the way that they began the Cadiz game, and he will once again be irate with the first period against Shakhtar.
The Ukrainians repeated the script from Cadiz’s victory and were all over Real Madrid in the opening period, taking all of their chances when they came. In fact, they even could have gone into the break with a larger advantage than they had. Plus, even when they themselves didn’t find the back of the net, they had some assistance in the form of an unfortunate Raphael Varane own goal.
Until Wednesday night’s 3-0 deficit to Shakhtar at half time, Real Madrid’s heaviest defeat after 45 minutes in the Champions League previously came in the group stage of the 1990/91 season, when Bayern Munich were 3-1 ahead. On that day, the German giants ran out as 4-2 victors.
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