Player Ratings: Real Madrid 2-1 Shakhtar Donetsk – 2022/23

Real Madrid returned to winning ways after defeating Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 on Wednesday night making it three wins from three matches in the Champions League.

Los Blancos broke the deadlock in the 13th minute after Rodrygo found the back of the net with a powerful finish from the edge of the box.

The home side doubled their lead in the 28th minute. Vinicius calmly slotted home after a brilliant team move ended with Rodrygo finding his compatriot inside the box.

Against the run of play, Shakhtar pulled one back just before the break. Zubkov found the back of the net with a brilliant volley after a being found completely unmarked in the box.

Despite registering a whopping 36 shots, Carlo Ancelotti’s men only managed to find the back of the net twice. Nevertheless, the win sees the champions move five points clear at the top of Group F.

Player ratings:

Starting XI:

Andriy Lunin: 7/10

Pretty much a spectator throughout the ninety minutes. The Ukrainian couldn’t do much to stop Zubkov’s spectacular volley.

Dani Carvajal: 6/10

Caught out on a number of occasions with Mudryk making the most of his pace to beat the right-back. Didn’t offer much going forward.

David Alaba: 6/10

At fault for Zubkov’s goal. The Austrian allowed the midfielder far too much time and space and was punished for it.

Eder Militao: 7/10

Back in the starting XI after being rested against Osasuna. The Brazilian used his pace to cut out multiple Shakhtar attacks before they could amount to anything. Solid shift.

Ferland Mendy: 7/10

Very good display from the Frenchman who was solid in defence with the highlight being his goal-saving challenge on Mudryk.

Fede Valverde: 7.5/10

Decent showing from the Uruguayan who used his pace and energy to create problems for Shakhtar. Fede found himself in decent positions at times but his finishing let him down, something that can be said about most of the team tonight.

Aurélien Tchouaméni: 7.5/10

Tchouaméni disappointed against Osasuna but tonight the Frenchman looked a lot like what we’ve come to expect of him. The former Monaco man provided cover for his centre-backs and swept any loose balls that came his way.

Toni Kroos: 8/10

Heavily involved in Madrid’s buildup play. The German distributed the ball brilliantly and didn’t put a foot wrong.

Rodrygo Goes: 9/10

A goal and assist for the Brazilian tonight. Rodrygo has improved massively this season and has shown again that he is the man for the big occasion.

Karim Benzema: 7/10

Still not at the level we’ve gotten used to but the Frenchman showed improvement from the game against Osasuna. Benzema linked up well with his teammates but will be disappointed not to have scored.

Vinicius Jr: 8/10

Scored what turned out to be the winner. The Brazilian was brilliant on the ball, showing yet again just how good he is at beating opponents and creating chances. Will be disappointed not to have scored more.


Eduardo Camavinga: N/A Came on to replace Tchouaméni late on.

Marco Asensio: N/A Came on to replace Rodrygo late on. The Spaniard was unlucky not to score after seeing his shot hit the post.

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