Têtê shines and inspires Shakhtar to shock win over Real Madrid at the Bernabeu
Vinicius Junior scored immediately after coming on from the bench but Los Blancos were unable to complete a comeback. Têtê was on the score sheet for Shakhtar.
The Ukrainian champions arrived in Madrid without 13 first-team players after 19 positive Covid-19 tests
throughout the club saw them depend on youth-team players.
But Luis Castro’s young side were unfazed and equal to the task. In the first half, they took a 3-0 lead at Real’s empty Alfredo di Stefano training ground. Têtê opened the scoring in the 29 minute before a Varane own goal doubled Shakhtar Donetsk’s lead. Solomon made it 3 before half time, this time it was Têtê with the assist.
Goals from Luka Modric and Vinicius Junior after the break gave Real hope, but there was no escape for the competition’s most decorated side despite a dramatic finale.
Vini started the game on the bench and entered in the second half. After 14 seconds on the field, he got his goal. It was the fastest goal scored by a player as a substitute in the history of the Champions.
“We have to be aware that the two times define the games. The same thing happened against Cádiz, we couldn’t keep possession of the ball, the pressure … it was a little bit of everything. I believe that we have to keep working and improving. We are here to give the best to Madrid” he said after the game.
Federico Valverde thought he had hit a stoppage-time leveller but the goal was ruled out due to offside.
The defeat follows a shock 1-0 home defeat newly-promoted Cadiz in La Liga on Saturday.
Up next for Real Madrid is a big El Clasico game against Barcelona at the Nou Camp on Saturday.