Real Madrid have now lost three continuous Champions League matches for the first time for over 30 years as Zinedine Zidane’s side couldn’t defeat their most exceedingly awful first-half performance in over 15 years in the competition.

The La Liga champions yielded three goals in the initial half against Shakhtar Donetsk to head into half-time down 3-0 thanks to goals from Tete and Manor Salomon as well as a Raphel Varane own goal.

In spite of missing a few first-team players because of positive Covid tests, Shakhtar went crazy in the opening half of the Group B conflict in Madrid, with their three goals coming in the space of 13 minutes.

Tete scored the first, firing a guaranteed finish into the bottom left corner to break the deadlock just before the half-hour mark.

Raphael Varane at that point scored an own goal four minutes after the fact before Solomon made it 3-0 from Tete’s perfect backheel.

It implied Madrid let in three first-half goals in the Champions League for the first time since September 2005, when they did as such in a conflict with Lyon.

Madrid had not surrendered three in the initial 45 minutes of a home match in the competition since February 2000, against Bayern Munich.

It additionally proceeded with an undesirable record for Real Madrid, who have now lost seven of their last eight Champions League matches that have not included Sergio Ramos.

Having lost every one of the two legs in their last-16 conflict with Manchester City last season, Real Madrid have now lost three continuous Champions League matches too.

That implies Wednesday’s defeat marks the first time when they’ve lost that numerous matches in succession in the Champions League since September 1986.

Shakhtar then became the first Ukrainian team to win against Real Madrid in the Champions League since March 1999, when Dynamo Kiev won 2-0.

By then, Shakhtar’s two goalscorers, Tete and Solomon were not yet born, with the last born in July 1999 and the previous born in February 2000.

Real Madrid should ricochet back rapidly as Zidane’s side will presently look forward to a match against Barcelona this weekend.

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