Madrid eye win over Shakhtar Donetsk

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2020/21 UEFA Champions League 

Group B

Real Madrid v Shakhtar Donetsk 

Estadio Alfredo Di Stéfano 
Madrid, Spain 
Wednesday, 21 October 2020
Kick-Off 19h55 
Real Madrid will take on Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Champions League Group B match on October 21.
The Spanish champions suffered a 2-1 defeat to English giants Manchester City in their last game in this competition in August 2020.
As a result, the Whites are now winless in their last two matches in the Champions League having recorded two consecutive defeats. 
Alexis Sánchez
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Madrid lost their last match at home in the competition which was against City and it ended their three-match unbeaten as the hosts. 
Meanwhile, Shakhtar were thrashed 3-0 by Italian side Atalanta in their last game in the competition in December 2019.
The defeat ended the Ukrainian giants' four-match unbeaten run in the Champions League having registered three draws and one win.
However, Shakhtar are undefeated in their last four away matches in the competition having recorded two draws and two wins on the road.
Luis Castro - Shakhtar manager
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Luis Castro, the Shakhtar manager, is a worried man ahead of their clash with Madrid with some of their players having tested positive for coronavirus. 
"We are facing the match against Lviv, then Real Madrid three days later, in another three days we’ll play Vorskla, and then we’ll immediately take on Inter Milan,'" Castro said. 
"We had everything planned, but we can’t currently follow our plan. At the moment, we don’t know which of the infected footballers will recover in 10 days.
"Even if some guys do get back, we’ll have just two days remaining until the match against Real Madrid. Therefore, it’s really difficult to talk about anything now as everything happens this quick."
The last meeting between Madrid and Shakhtar in a competitive game was on 25 November 2015.
Madrid secured a 4-3 win over Shakhtar in the UEFA Champions League match in Ukraine. 

Head-to-Head stats (Champions League matches)

Matches - 2
Madrid - 2
Shakhtar - 0
Draws - 0

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Published: 10/19/2020