Carlo Ancelotti’s side were second in Group D heading into the game, level on points with leaders Sheriff, two points clear of third-placed Inter and five clear of bottom-placed Shakhtar.
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Madrid went into the game full of confidence given they beat Shakhtar 5-0 in Ukraine earlier this month, and got off to a good start. They controlled the majority of the early play, although remained wary to the threat Shakhtar posed on the break.
Real Madrid 1-0 Shakhtar | Benzema scores the 1000th goal for Real Madrid in the Champions League 🎥
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The hosts took the lead in the 14th minute. Vinicius won the ball after putting the visiting defence under pressure before squaring it for the returning Karim Benzema, who finished coolly to score the club’s 1,000th Champions League goal.
Madrid started the fixture playing with the confidence of old, with each man selected to start the game by Ancelotti clearly fancying their ability to put Shakhtar to the sword.