Champions League
Real MadridReal Madrid4Shakhtar DonetskShakhtar Donetsk0

Real Madrid 4-0 Shakhtar Donetsk

By Mandeep SangheraBBC Sport
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored 80 Champions League goals

Cristiano Ronaldo moved three clear of Lionel Messi at the top of the Champions League scoring charts after a hat-trick against Shakhtar Donetsk.

His treble, which included two spot-kicks, took him to 80 Champions League goals and eight in his last two games.

Ronaldo's third was a header after Marcelo's shot had been parried.

Karim Benzema had tapped in Real's opener after keeper Andriy Pyatov dropped a cross, while Shakhtar had Taras Stepanenko sent off.

Real Madrid's main cause for concern from the game was forward Gareth Bale having to go off injured after 32 minutes.

The Wales international was holding his calf before being replaced by Mateo Kovacic, while the Spanish club's centre-backs Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos were also substituted with knocks.

Relive Tuesday's Champions League action

Rampant Ronaldo

Ronaldo was level with Barcelona rival Messi on 77 Champions League goals before Real Madrid began their quest for a record 11th crown in Europe's top competition.

But after the Portuguese had bagged five goals against Espanyol on Saturday, he scored his third Champions League hat-trick to move clear on his own at the top.

Ronaldo and Messi have constantly overtaken each other for the honour of the competition's most prolific scorer and the latter will have the chance to respond when Barcelona meet Roma on Wednesday.

The first of Ronaldo's spot-kicks came after Darijo Srna was controversially adjudged to have handled the ball, despite a shot from the Real forward appearing to hit him on the back.

"I feel so proud and happy to score eight goals in two games but that is not my goal - my aim is to be good all season and for the team to succeed, which is the most important for me, and win trophies," said Ronaldo.

"It is just the beginning of the season. The league is long. It is too early to say we are amazing or bad. Let's work the same way and let's see what happens at the end of the season."

Manager reaction

"Without playing a brilliant match we still created a lot of chances," said Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez.

"Bale had a spasm in his calf muscle. We must wait a day or two to see how serious it is. He had a similar issue last year."

Elsewhere in the Champions League

Angel Di Maria
Angel Di Maria moved to PSG from Manchester United in the summer after one season with the Old Trafford club

Former Real Madrid and Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria scored the first goal of this season's Champions League group stages when he put Paris-St Germain on the way to a 2-0 victory against Malmo.

The Argentine sent an angled shot into the top corner for his first goal since scoring for United in an FA Cup tie against Yeovil in January, with an Edinson Cavani header following Zlatan Ibrahimovic's backheel completing the win.

Wolfsburg brought in Julian Draxler from Schalke as a replacement for Kevin de Bruyne and he scored the only goal in the 1-0 win over CSKA Moscow when he stabbed in a shot after his initial header was saved.

Atletico Madrid made a strong start to their campaign as they won 2-0 in Galatasaray courtesy of two first-half goals from Antoine Griezmann.

Borussia Monchengladbach were back in Europe's top competition after a 37-year absence but lost 3-0 to Sevilla.

The Spanish side had three penalties in the match. Kevin Gameiro scored the first but missed the next before handing over spot-kick duties to Ever Banega, who made no mistake for their second goal.

Yevhen Konoplyanka's shot from the right wing caught Monchengladbach keeper Yann Sommer out at his near post for Sevilla's third.

Champions League debutants Astana were the first team from Kazakhstan playing in the competition but were beaten 2-0 by Benfica after goals from Nicolas Gaitan and Kostas Mitroglou.


Real Madrid

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Navas
  • 15Carvajal
  • 2VaraneSubstituted forPepeat 45'minutes
  • 4RamosSubstituted forNachoat 59'minutes
  • 12Marcelo
  • 19Modric
  • 8Kroos
  • 22Isco
  • 11BaleSubstituted forKovacicat 31'minutes
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 9Benzema


  • 3Pepe
  • 6Nacho
  • 13Casilla
  • 14Casemiro
  • 16Kovacic
  • 20Rodríguez Ruiz
  • 21Cheryshev

Shakhtar Donetsk

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 30Pyatov
  • 33SrnaBooked at 54mins
  • 5KucherBooked at 75mins
  • 44Rakitskiy
  • 66de Azevedo
  • 8Fred
  • 6StepanenkoBooked at 50mins
  • 11MarlosSubstituted forKovalenkoat 75'minutes
  • 29Teixeira
  • 28TaisonSubstituted forMalyshevat 67'minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 21GladkiySubstituted forBernardat 81'minutes


  • 9Dentinho
  • 10Bernard
  • 17Malyshev
  • 18Ordets
  • 22Alves da Silva
  • 32Kanibolotskiy
  • 74Kovalenko
Ivan Bebek

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamShakhtar Donetsk
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Real Madrid 4, Shakhtar Donetsk 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Real Madrid 4, Shakhtar Donetsk 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Marcelo (Real Madrid).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Corner, Shakhtar Donetsk. Conceded by Keylor Navas.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alex Teixeira (Shakhtar Donetsk) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Viktor Kovalenko.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Nacho (Real Madrid).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Toni Kroos.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Isco.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Isco (Real Madrid).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Nacho (Real Madrid).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pepe with a cross.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Pepe (Real Madrid) header from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Isco with a cross.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Andriy Pyatov.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo with a headed pass.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Shakhtar Donetsk. Bernard replaces Olexandr Gladkiy.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Real Madrid 4, Shakhtar Donetsk 0. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner following a corner.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 15th September 2015

As It Stood


1Real Madrid11004043
3Malmö FF100102-20
4Shakhtar Donetsk100104-40


1PSV Eindhoven11002113
3Man Utd100112-10
4CSKA Moscow100101-10


1Atl Madrid11002023
3FC Astana100102-20


3Man City100112-10
4B Mgladbach100103-30


1BATE Borisov00000000
3B Leverkusen00000000


2Dinamo Zagreb00000000
3Bayern Munich00000000


2Dynamo Kyiv00000000
3FC Porto00000000
4Maccabi Tel-Aviv00000000


1KAA Gent00000000
4Zenit St Petersburg00000000
View full Champions League tables

Top Stories