Real Madrid Suffer Worst UCL First Half in 15 Years
Oct 22 2020
The Ukrainian champions arrived in Madrid without 13 first-team players after 19 positive COVID-19 tests throughout the club left them needing to call up youth-team players.
Austrian champions Salzburg and their USA coach Jesse Marsch were on course for that until Lokomotiv substitute Vitali Lisakovich headed in at the far post to level the game on his Champions League debut. "We have started the season well, but we have lost the last two games and they are going to say that we were very bad; but we are here to give the best for Madrid". "I think we lacked confidence", Madrid midfielder Luka Modric said.
Shakhtar Donetsk went into the half-time break with a 3-0 lead against Real Madrid on Wednesday evening, with this scoreline after 45 minutes being the worst Los Blancos have ever experienced in the Champions League.
Federico Valverde thought he had hit a stoppage-time leveller but after a check at the pitchside monitor referee Srdjan Jovanovic disallowed the goal for offside.
But it also cranks up the pressure, on the Real team ahead of the Clasico in La Liga on Saturday, and on Zidane, who had just overseen a awful display in last weekend's loss to Cadiz. It's just as well my players reacted in the second half.
The Champions League game was played in front of around 3000 mask-wearing fans in the Austrian city of Salzburg.
"We weren't good enough", rued Modric. "We're all in this together but it's tough to talk today".
Castro was understandably thrilled with a victory that might have been as much of a turn-up to him as it was to startled viewers around the world.
He said: 'We were not at the level required for this competition.
"The players have done everything absolutely fantastically". We created chances and we could have scored more in the second half as well. We were a united team from the first until the last minute. "Overall, we showed our quality in terms of tactics and skill".