× Sports Football Rugby Olympics Volleyball and Handball Cricket Boxing Golf Hockey Tennis Gossip & Rumours World Cup 2018 Basketball Athletics Sports Premier League Eliud Kipchoge Women in Sports Unique Sports Opinion Motorsport Videos Podcasts E-Paper Lifestyle & Entertainment Nairobian Entertainment Eve Woman Travelog TV Stations KTN Home KTN News BTV KTN Farmers TV Radio Stations Radio Maisha Spice FM Vybez Radio Enterprise VAS E-Learning Digger Classified Jobs Games Crosswords Sudoku The Standard Group Corporate Contact Us Rate Card Vacancies DCX O.M Portal Corporate Email RMS

Champions League Group D: Benzema double leads Real to ugly win over Shakhtar

FOOTBALL By Reuters | November 3rd 2021
November 3, 2021 Real Madrid's Vinicius Junior in action REUTERS

Karim Benzema struck twice to lead Real Madrid to an unconvincing 2-1 home win over Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday and move the Spanish side provisionally three points clear at the top of Champions League Group D.

Real, who beat Shakhtar 5-0 in Ukraine last month, lead the standings with nine points, three more than Moldova's Sheriff who face Inter Milan later on Wednesday.

Real went ahead in the 15th minute when Vinicius Jr. stole the ball from a Shakhtar defender and set up Benzema to score with a powerful shot from inside the box.

Shakhtar equalised five minutes before halftime with a stunning counter-attack finished off by Fernando.

Benzema and Vinicius Jr. combined again for the Real winner just after the hour mark, the latter linking up well with Casemiro before teeing up the France striker to find the net again.

"It’s hard when you play a game every three or four days, the team felt a little bit of fatigue. But sometimes you just have to win, even if you win ugly," Benzema told reporters.

Shakhtar created opportunities, Allan Patrick giving Real an early scare when his powerful strike from outside the box crashed against the post.

Fernando had a good chance to put Shakhtar ahead just before halftime from another counter-attack but he was denied by Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

The visitors continued to cause problems for the record 13-times European Cup winners but Vinicius Jr. and Benzema ensured that Real secured the three points.

Share this story
Champions League: Porto earn draw at AC Milan to leave Italians on brink of exit
AC Milan earned their first Champions League point of the season with a 1-1 draw against Porto at San Siro on Wednesday, but the result left the seven
Man United's Varane faces month out with hamstring injury
Manchester United defender Raphael Varane sustained a hamstring injury in their Champions League draw with Atalanta on Tuesday and will be out for aro