Champions League - Group A
Shakhtar Donetsk3Real Madrid4

Shakhtar Donetsk 3-4 Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo
Gareth Bale set up both of Cristiano Ronaldo's goals

Real Madrid survived a stunning fightback by Shakhtar Donetsk to edge victory and finish top of Group A in the Champions League.

Cristiano Ronaldo's two goals, Luka Modric's powerful drive and Dani Carvajal's neat finish put Real in control with 15 minutes to go.

However, Alex Teixeira pulled one back from the penalty spot for Shakhtar, before Dentinho headed in a second.

Teixeira's low finish set up a tense finish, but Real held on.

The goals were the first Rafael Benitez's side had conceded in this season's Champions League and took the shine off what had looked like being a good response to the 4-0 defeat by Barcelona at the weekend.

Bale makes the cut and sets up two

Gareth Bale
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 69 goals in 68 Champions League games for Real Madrid

Gareth Bale was one of only four players who remained from the team that lost El Clasico, along with Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Modric.

The Wales international rewarded Benitez's faith in him with an impressive performance, setting up both of Ronaldo's goals.

Both assists came as a result of good persistence. Bale first got to a ball on the left ahead of Shakhtar's goalkeeper to cross for Ronaldo to head home, before later capitalising on an error to race away and square a pass for his Portuguese team-mate to finish at the second attempt.

Who's through to the last 16?

Nine teams are through to the last 16, with 13 clubs still in contention for the seven remaining places going into the final round of the group stage.

Group A: Real Madrid progress as group winners, with Paris St-Germain taking second place.

Group B: No-one is definitely through, with Wolfsburg, Manchester United and PSV Eindhoven fighting it out for the two places.

Group C: Atletico Madrid and Benfica are assured of their place in the last 16, with just first place to be decided.

Group D: Juventus and Manchester City are both into the last 16. Top spot is still to be decided.

Group E: Barcelona progress as group winners with one of Roma, Bayer Leverkusen and BATE Borisov hoping to join them in the knockout stage.

Group F: Bayern Munich are assured of top spot and either Olympiakos or Arsenal will join them.

Group G: Two from Chelsea, Porto and Dynamo Kiev will progress to the last 16.

Group H: Zenit St-Petersburg are through as group winners and one of Gent or Valencia will join them.

Line-ups

Shakhtar Donetsk

  • 30Pyatov
  • 14Kobin
  • 18Ordets
  • 44Rakitskiy
  • 66de AzevedoSubstituted forDentinhoat 64'minutes
  • 6StepanenkoBooked at 35mins
  • 8Fred
  • 11MarlosSubstituted forTaisonat 62'minutes
  • 29Teixeira
  • 10Bernard
  • 21GladkiySubstituted forFerreyraat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Dentinho
  • 19Ferreyra
  • 22Eduardo
  • 28Taison
  • 32Kanibolotskiy
  • 38Krivtsov
  • 74Kovalenko

Real Madrid

  • 13Casilla
  • 15CarvajalBooked at 48mins
  • 3Pepe
  • 2VaraneSubstituted forDaniloat 33'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 6Nacho
  • 19ModricSubstituted forKroosat 62'minutes
  • 14Casemiro
  • 16Kovacic
  • 22Isco
  • 7Ronaldo
  • 11BaleSubstituted forBenzemaat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Navas
  • 8Kroos
  • 9Benzema
  • 10Rodríguez
  • 18Vázquez
  • 20Jesé
  • 23Danilo
Referee:
Bas Nijhuis
Attendance:
33,990

Match Stats

Home TeamShakhtar DonetskAway TeamReal Madrid
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home10
Away20
Shots on Target
Home3
Away8
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Shakhtar Donetsk 3, Real Madrid 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Shakhtar Donetsk 3, Real Madrid 4.

Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alex Teixeira (Shakhtar Donetsk).

Goal!

Goal! Shakhtar Donetsk 3, Real Madrid 4. Alex Teixeira (Shakhtar Donetsk) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Taison.

Booking

Danilo (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Danilo (Real Madrid).

Vasili Kobin (Shakhtar Donetsk) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid).

Ivan Ordets (Shakhtar Donetsk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Shakhtar Donetsk 2, Real Madrid 4. Dentinho (Shakhtar Donetsk) with an attempt from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Taras Stepanenko with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, Shakhtar Donetsk. Conceded by Daniel Carvajal.

Foul by Karim Benzema (Real Madrid).

Taras Stepanenko (Shakhtar Donetsk) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! Shakhtar Donetsk 1, Real Madrid 4. Alex Teixeira (Shakhtar Donetsk) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty conceded by Casemiro (Real Madrid) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Shakhtar Donetsk. Taison draws a foul in the penalty area.

Isco (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Yaroslav Rakitskiy (Shakhtar Donetsk).

Foul by Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).

Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Shakhtar Donetsk. Facundo Ferreyra replaces Olexandr Gladkiy because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Olexandr Gladkiy (Shakhtar Donetsk) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Karim Benzema replaces Gareth Bale.

Goal!

Goal! Shakhtar Donetsk 0, Real Madrid 4. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gareth Bale.

Attempt missed. Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Alex Teixeira.

Foul by Casemiro (Real Madrid).

Alex Teixeira (Shakhtar Donetsk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Casemiro (Real Madrid).

Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Olexandr Gladkiy (Shakhtar Donetsk) because of an injury.

Pepe (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Olexandr Gladkiy (Shakhtar Donetsk).

Substitution

Substitution, Shakhtar Donetsk. Dentinho replaces Márcio Azevedo.

Foul by Toni Kroos (Real Madrid).

Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Toni Kroos replaces Luka Modric.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 25th November 2015

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid5410113813
2PSG5311101910
3Shakhtar Donetsk5104712-53
4Malmö FF5104113-123

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolfsburg53026429
2Man Utd52215418
3PSV Eindhoven52126607
4CSKA Moscow511347-34

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Atl Madrid531192710
2Benfica531196310
3Galatasaray511359-44
4FC Astana5032410-63

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus532062411
2Man City53028629
3B Mgladbach512268-25
4Sevilla5104711-43

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona54101431113
2Roma51221116-55
3B Leverkusen5122121115
4BATE Borisov5113512-74

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Munich54011731412
2Olympiakos5302610-49
3Arsenal5203910-16
4Dinamo Zagreb5104312-93

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea5311113810
2FC Porto531196310
3Dynamo Kiev52217438
4Maccabi Tel-Aviv5005115-140

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Zenit St Petersburg5500124815
2KAA Gent52126607
3Valencia520357-26
4Lyon501439-61
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