Real Madrid hosts Shakhtar of Ukraine in the Champions League
Real Madrid will meet its counterpart, Shakhtar Donetsk, Ukraine, at nine o’clock this evening, Wednesday, at the “Santiago Bernabeu”, in the third round of Group F of the Champions League for the current season 2022-2023.
Real Madrid enters the match and is at the top of Group F of the Champions League, with 6 points, combined from winning the past two rounds, scoring 5 goals and keeping a clean sheet.
While Shakhtar plays its match against Real Madrid, it is in second place in the table of Group F of the European Champions League with 4 points collected from winning a match and drawing in the same, scoring 5 goals and receiving two goals.
The Italian coach, Carlo Ancelotti, is counting on the fiery attacking trio, “Vinicius Junior, Karim Benzema, and Rodrygo” to decide the outcome of his match today, especially since the players’ scoring rate has increased significantly during the last period.
The Italian coach hopes to overcome the stumble of the last La Liga match against Osasuna, which ended in a 1-1 draw, which gave the traditional rival Barcelona the top of the La Liga standings by goal difference.
Historically, the two teams met in the European Championships 5 times. Real Madrid, the owner of the land and the public, managed to win 3 matches against 2 in favor of Shakhtar Donetsk.
The last match between the two teams saw Real Madrid sweep Shakhtar with five clean goals in the match that was held on October 19 last year.
While Shakhtar won the match before the last with a score of 2-0 in the match that was held at home and among its fans in the Champions League as well.
Real Madrid’s expected line-up
Real Madrid is expected to play the match with the following formation:
Goalkeeper: two colors.
Defense line: Mendy – Alaba – Rudiger – Carvajal.
Midfield: Kroos – Chuamini – Ceballos.
Forwards: Vinicius – Benzema – Rodrygo.
Shakhtar expected formation
While Shakhtar is expected to play the match with the following formation:
Goalkeeper: Anatoly Tropin.
Defense Line: Lucas Taylor Mia Reese, Valery Bondar, Mykola Matvienko, Kohim Konoplia.
Midfield: Taras Stepanenko, Artem Bondarenko, Georgy Sudakov.
Forwards: Marian Shved, Mikhailo Modric, Oleksandr Zubkov.