Real Madrid has scraped through in a thrilling 4-3 win
against Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk.

It all seemed like a great turnaround for Madrid, after
losing 4-0 against FC Barcelona in the El Clasico.

Madrid dominated the first 70 minutes, and were cruising
home with a 4-0 lead on the Ukrainians.

Ronaldo scored a brace assisted by Gareth Bale which marks
his 450th and 451st career goals.

Shakhtar substitution Taison clearly made an impact coming
on, earning his side a penalty which was converted by Alex Teixeira.

Five minutes later and Shakhtar had scored again! This time
it was Dentinho who chested the ball into an open goal from the corner. The
Brazilians combination were proving to be a big problem for Madrid.

With only minutes to go, Shakhtar sent numbers down the left
before finding target man Alex Teixeira, who scored with ease against Casilla.

Real manager Rafa Benitez looked anxious in the final
minutes of the game, but would have been relieved to hear the final whistle.

Despite their dominance, Madrid scraped through with an unconvincing
4-3 win.


Juventus are on track to top group D, after defeating
Manchester City at home 1-0.

Manchester City were their own worst enemy tonight, failing
to capitalize on missed opportunities.

Fernandinho had a chance to score a sitter in the first half,
but blazed over the bar.

Juventus made sure they punished City for their lack of precision.
The Zebra’s scoring a well worked goal as Alex Sandro sent a curved cross to
Mario Mandzukic who finished with a cleanly hit volley.

Things went from bad to worse for City, with goalkeeper Joe
Hart forced into a substitution due to hamstring tightness.

Raheem Sterling also made his way onto the field with 20
remaining minutes, although he nor Aguero who came off, could make any impact
on goal whatsoever.

On the other side of Manchester, the Red Devils succumbed to
a lacklustre 0-0 draw with PSV Eindhoven.

The result has blown Group B out of the water, as Wolfsburg
(9pts), Manchester United (8pts) and PSV (7pts) will all need to win to guarantee

Manchester United has the hardest task, playing Wolfsburg
away from home in a do or die clash. PSV are still a good chance to progress,
playing out of form side CSKA Moscow at home.

By Ari Charilaou (He’s also on twitter here)

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