Real Madrid hosted Shakhtar Donetsk in their Group A match & won 4 - 0. An entertaining match that saw a good Shakhtar touching well the ball & keeping possession making Real Madrid work hard. Although Real Madrid - or Cristiano Ronaldo - did all the damage in the 2º half, the Ukrainians did well until a goalie mistake, some bad luck - a NO penalty - & a red card that left Shakhtar down to 10 men, allowing the Spaniards to take over.
The win may be costly for Real Madrid as three players had to be substituted due to injuries & knocks. Gareth Bale felt a calf muscle pitch, Varane a cut in the shin & Ramos fell awkwardly on his shoulder & went off.
Said this, the headline will say "Cristiano Ronaldo HAT-TRICK", remembering last weekend he scored 5 goals. Agree two were from penalty & the first a NO penalty from defender Serna, but he did convert & later score a header. Tomorrow everyone will remember the 3 goal from CR7. Lastly, great game from Marcelo & Benzema scoring tonight & missing 2 sitters, but did some excellent things.
Shakhtar although playing well & showing good ways did not really trouble Real Madrid goalkeeper Navas, & when they did, the Real defence solved or Navas did a great save. By the way, another match with the Real Madrid goal intact, showing good defensive discipline.
- Benzema 29th min
- Cristiano Ronaldo (penalty) 56th min
- Cristiano Ronaldo (penalty) 63rd min
- Cristiano Ronaldo 80 th min
Atletico de Madrid travelled to a complicated field the home of Istambul Galatasaray for their Group C match which they won 0 - 2. Very different At.Madrid from Liga last weekend with Siquiera, Saul, Vietto & Jackson in the starting line-up.
However it was young French International Griezmann who took the spotlight with two goals tonight - 18th min & 25th min - to set the course for the Spaniards & secure the victory & the three points tonight.
Galatasaray showed a less than expected image in front of their home crowd & was somewhat disappointing.
Dream night for Sevilla FC with their Group D Champions League game against Borussia Monchengladbach after being absent 6 years. The Spaniards won the Germans 3 - 0 & with two penalties converted (missed another). The goalscorers were:
- Banega (penalty) 46th min
- Gameiro (penalty) 65th min
- Konoplyanka 83th min.