By Abba Gwale
Real Madrid’s Champions League progress is in peril after Shakhtar Donetsk earned a shock 2-0 win over Zinedine Zidane’s stuttering side.
Bruno Dentinho finished off a counter-attack in the 57th minute, pouncing as Raphael Varane dithered, and then Manor Solomon was allowed to drive from halfway before striking a late second (82) as the Ukrainians completed a stunning double over the European heavyweights.
Shakhtar, who beat Real Madrid 3-2 on matchday one, climb above the Spaniards into second in the Group B table courtesy of their head-to-head record, meaning the fate of the 13-time European Cup winners is out of their hands.
Real Madrid – who have won just four of their last 11 games in all competitions – face leaders Borussia Monchengladbach in the final group game on December 9 but must hope Shakhtar slip up against Inter on the same night.
Zidane’s side – without Eden Hazard and Sergio Ramos but boosted by the return of Karim Benzema.
Next for Real Madrid is away match with Sevilla at the weekend in LA liga