Real Madrid vs Shakhtar: preview

On Matchday 1 of the Champions League group stage, the Pitmen will play an away game with Real Madrid. We bring you the preview of the game.

15 September, Madrid, Santiago Bernabeu, 21:45
Live broadcast on Ukraina and Futbol 1 channels

The start of the Champions League group stage is the main event in September for Shakhtar. Indeed, the status of the upcoming game motivates both teams’ players in the best way. Real Madrid fans expect only a win from Rafael Benitez’s team, but the Pitmen, in turn, also need a positive result in Madrid. Each point in important.

Real are going into the game on the back of three official games in the Spanish league, but according to the results in La Liga, Real Madrid show their full readiness for the European competitions. The Pitmen played four matches in the Champions League qualifying stage alone, plus seven games in the domestic league and one match in the Ukrainian Cup.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored five goals in the match against Espanyol, is Real Madrid’s top scorer in the current season. The top scorer at Shakhtar is Alex Teixeira (10 goals). Also, one should note Oleksandr Gladkyy and Marlos, who scored twice in the qualifications rounds of the Champions League.


Referee - Ivan Bebek (Croatia)
Assistant referees - Tomislav Petrovic, Miro Grgic (both - Croatia)
Additional assistant referees - Domagoj Vuchkov, Goran Gabri (both - Croatia)
Fourth official - Dalibor Konyar (Croatia)
Referee observer - Alan Snoddy (Northern Ireland)


Danilo will miss the Shakhtar clash due to injury: the Brazilian newcomer played two opening games in La Liga, and in the third round it was Dani Carvajal who operated at right back. The Spaniard is expected to play on Tuesday too. James Rodrigues won’t help Real Madrid either due to picking up an injury during a game for the Columbia national team.

Mircea Lucescu took 20 players to Spain. Ahead of the match in Madrid, the Pitmen held a traditional training session, the first 15 minutes of which were open to media representatives.

Scoring average in the domestic leagues:

Real Madrid – 3,67 goals per game;
Shakhtar – 2,43 goals per game

Shakhtar’s matches against Spanish teams in the Champions League:

Total: 12
Wins: 4
Draws: 2
Losses: 6
Goal difference: 15–18