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Ronaldo reaches 80 goals as Madrid fell Shakhtar

Published: Tuesday 15 September 2015, 23.00CET
Real Madrid 4-0 Shakhtar Donetsk
Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick took the Portugal forward onto 80 UEFA Champions League goals, Karim Benzema also scoring.
by Joseph Walker
from Estadio Santiago Bernabéu

Match statistics

Real MadridShakhtar Donetsk

Goals scored4
 
0
Possession (%)50
 
50
Total attempts25
 
5
on target9
 
1
off target12
 
4
blocked4
 
0
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners6
 
2
Offsides1
 
2
Yellow cards0
5
Red Cards0
1
Fouls committed15
 
10
Fouls suffered8
 
14
Passes664
 
589
completed613
 
543

Standings

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Last updated: 20/11/2017 15:48 CET
 
Published: Tuesday 15 September 2015, 23.00CET

Ronaldo reaches 80 goals as Madrid fell Shakhtar

Real Madrid 4-0 Shakhtar Donetsk
Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick took the Portugal forward onto 80 UEFA Champions League goals, Karim Benzema also scoring.

  • Madrid open Group A with emphatic home win against Shakhtar
  • Karim Benzema breaks the deadlock with simple finish (30)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo nets second-half hat-trick after Taras Stepanenko's red card
  • Ronaldo now outright UEFA Champions League top scorer with 80 goals
  • Next games: Malmö v Real Madrid, Shakhtar v Paris (30 September)

A Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick inspired Real Madrid to a comfortable victory against Shakhtar Donetsk as the 2014 winners got their UEFA Champions League campaign off to an emphatic start.

In a breathless opening, Isco fired over after just three minutes; 60 seconds later Marlos's cross narrowly evaded Alex Teixeira after Raphaël Varane – who would depart injured at half-time – was caught in possession.

The home side should have taken the lead on 15 minutes when Ronaldo's neat through ball found Karim Benzema, who rounded Andriy Pyatov but fired over.

Ronaldo happy with winning start

Despite Gareth Bale limping off, the Merengues made the breakthrough on the half-hour. Pyatov spilled Isco's cross from the left and this time Benzema made no mistake.

Shakhtar's hopes were all but extinguished early in the second half as Taras Stepanenko was dismissed for a second bookable offence and Ronaldo quickly increased Madrid's advantage to 3-0 with two penalties after Darijo Srna and Márcio Azevedo were each adjudged to have handled.

That gave the Portuguese 11 UEFA Champions League penalties, group stage to final – a competition record. Ten minutes from time he nodded in after Pyatov could only parry Marcelo's effort from range, his 80th UEFA Champions League goal crowning a fine opening night for Madrid.

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Benzema after putting Madrid in front

Man of the match: Cristiano Ronaldo
Madrid's main man registered three times in the second period to take his tally to 80 UEFA Champions League strikes and move ahead as the tournament's outright top scorer.

Where the match was won
After an even first half-hour, Pyatov's failure to hang onto Isco's delivery undermined Shakhtar's efforts. Following the dismissal of Stepanenko early in the second period Madrid took charge and there was only going to be one winner.

Tactical changes
Despite initially lining up with a 4-2-3-1, Madrid coach Rafael Benítez changed to a 4-4-2 when Bale was forced off through injury in the first period. The Spaniard introduced Mateo Kovačić on the right of midfield, putting Ronaldo up front with Benzema, and it paid dividends with a second-half treble.

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Shakhtar's Alex Teixeira closes down Raphaël Varane

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Karim Benzema taps in the opener

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Karim Benzema enjoy his strike

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Cristiano Ronaldo fires in the first of his penalties

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Cristiano Ronaldo enjoys another spot-kick goal

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Cristiano Ronaldo rejoices after completing his hat-trick

Last updated: 23/11/15 15.29CET

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Lineups

real madrid

Real Madrid

shakhtar donetsk

Shakhtar Donetsk

1
NavasKeylor Navas (GK)
30
PyatovAndriy Pyatov (GK)
2
VaraneRaphaël Varane
Substitution46
5
KucherOlexandr Kucher
Yellow Card75
4
RamosSergio Ramos (C)
Substitution59
6
StepanenkoTaras Stepanenko
Yellow Card32
Red Card50
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
Goal55
Goal63
Goal81
8
FredFred
8
KroosToni Kroos
11
MarlosMarlos
Substitution74
9
BenzemaKarim Benzema
Goal30
21
GladkiyOlexandr Gladkiy
Substitution82
11
BaleGareth Bale
Substitution31
28
TaisonTaison
Substitution67
12
MarceloMarcelo
29
Alex TeixeiraAlex Teixeira
15
CarvajalDani Carvajal
33
SrnaDarijo Srna (C)
Yellow Card54
19
ModrićLuka Modrić
44
RakitskiyYaroslav Rakitskiy
22
IscoIsco
66
AzevedoMárcio Azevedo

Substitutes

13
CasillaKiko Casilla (GK)
32
KanibolotskiyAnton Kanibolotskiy (GK)
3
PepePepe
Substitution46
9
DentinhoDentinho
6
NachoNacho
Substitution59
10
BernardBernard
Substitution82
14
CasemiroCasemiro
17
MalyshevMaksym Malyshev
Substitution67
Yellow Card80
16
KovačićMateo Kovačić
Substitution31
18
OrdetsIvan Ordets
20
JeséJesé
22
EduardoEduardo
21
CheryshevDenis Cheryshev
74
KovalenkoViktor Kovalenko
Substitution74

Coach

Rafael Benítez (ESP) Mircea Lucescu (ROU)

Referee

Ivan Bebek (CRO)

Assistant referees

Tomislav Petrović (CRO), Miro Grgić (CRO)

Fourth official

Dalibor Conjar (CRO)

Additional assistant referees

Domagoj Vučkov (CRO), Goran Gabrilo (CRO)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution