The Madrilenians, at home, suffered the law of Shakhtar Donetsk. Thibaut Courtois noted the damage on the 0-2 scored against his own camp by Varane.
Thibaut Courtois noted the damage on the 0-2 scored against his camp by Varane (in the background). Keystone Real Madrid fall from the start: like last season, when they fell 3-0 in Paris against PSG, Real lost 3-2 on Wednesday, on the first day of the Champions League, against the modest Shakhtar Donetsk, mainly because of a completely disoriented defense and Raphaël Varane. Two months after having lived the worst by condemning his team to elimination with two big balls at Manchester City in the round of 16-second leg of the last edition, Varane (27) saw his nightmare continue on Wednesday night for the big comeback of the Real Madrid in the Champions League. Varane overtaken After Brazil’s Tetê (20th) opened the scoring for Shakhtar, the central defender scored his own goal (33rd) as he tried to clear a ball dangerously pushed into the box by Thibaut Courtois.
Then ten minutes later, the French world champion was too absorbed by the ball near the halfway line and was too late in his withdrawal to prevent Manor Solomon from scoring the 3-0 goal for the Ukrainians. Despite the semblance of hope created by the pretty goals of Luka Modric (54th), a clear strike from 30 meters into the skylight, and Vinicius (59th) on an interception fifteen seconds after coming into play instead of Luka Jovic, these achievements did not change the result … Ditto for the final goal of Valverde (92nd), invalidated by video refereeing. Worrying before the Clasico After the rout in Manchester in early August (1-2, 2-1), the Spanish media had assured that it was “the worst performance of his career” and that an evening like that would only happen “Only once”. But amputated from his sidekick and usual captain Sergio Ramos (hit in a knee but very present by the voice in the stands of the small Di Stéfano stadium), and associated with the Brazilian Eder Militao (who had also assisted him in Manchester in August), Varane, as he emerged from a solid international window with France, once again offered a mediocre performance in the Champions League.
A defensive feverishness that is large enough to worry Zinedine Zidane and all of Real Madrid, after Saturday’s premonitory defeat at home against the promoted Cadiz (1-0), and three days before a first Clasico of the season at Camp Nou already important. Draw between Salzburg and Moscow In Group A, there was also a match at 7 p.m. In Austria, Salzburg couldn’t beat Lokomotiv Moscow and the two sides ended 2-2 (1-1). The Russians had opened the scoring through Eder (19th), but Szoboszlai equalized for Salzburg just before halftime (45th) and Junuzovic gave the Austrians the advantage in the 50th. Unfortunately for Basel’s team Noah Okafor (entered in the 84th), Lisakovich equalized for the Muscovites in the 75th.