Real Madrid star suffers bloody clash as he scores late Champions League equalizer watch

Shakhtar Donetsk were denied a memorable win against Real Madrid when German defender Antonio Rüdiger scored an injury-time equalizer in their Group F Champions League game in Warsaw. The result secured Real Madrid a place in the last 16 of the Champions League. However, Rudiger had a terrible clash with Shakhtar goalkeeper Anatoliy Trubin. He left the field covered in blood and Trubin had to survive the last few seconds with a bandage around his head. It was later revealed that the former Chelsea defender needed 20 stitches.

Ancelotti had rested Vinicius Junior, among others, and was eyeing Sunday’s Clasico against bitter rivals Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu.

However, Madrid’s talisman Benzema started the game after missing in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Getafe and was the first to test Trubin with a shot straight at the keeper.

The Ukrainian made several brilliant saves in a 2-1 defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu last week but had a much calmer first half this time.

Trubin made another stop to thwart Benzema from a tight angle but had little else to do as Los Blancos rarely clicked in attack. Belgium playmaker Hazard, who made a rare start in attacking midfield, was invisible.

It was also another frustrating night in front of goal for Benzema, who has not scored in three games since returning from a hamstring injury and has drifted out of the game despite playing the full 90 minutes.


As the clock ticked down, it looked like Madrid’s unbeaten streak was over, but Rudiger’s bravery last time out meant they are unbeaten in 13 games and will be in the last 16 of the Champions League in February 2023.

(With AFP inputs)

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