By Matthew Roscoe • 02 December 2020 • 9:51
REAL MADRID find themselves on the brink of Champions League exit following the 2-0 defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday, December 1, with calls for Zinedine Zidane to resign after a poor run of results.
The shock defeat, which was the club’s second to the Ukrainian side who won the reverse fixture 3-2 in Madrid, leaves the 13-time European champions in third in Group B, with all four sides still able to qualify in next week’s final round of matches.
Bruno Dentinho scored on 57 minutes after he finished off a superb Shakhtar counter-attack before Manor Solomon finished off the game late on after being allowed to drive from halfway before expertly slotting the ball home.
Following his side’s loss, Zidane said: “I am not going to resign, not at all.
“We are always going to have difficult moments, and we are on a bad run, but we need to keep going,” added the Frenchman, whose side suffered a shock 2-1 defeat by Alaves in La Liga on Saturday, November 29.
“I have the strength needed to turn the situation around and I am going to give everything to do that. So are the players.
“We played well and we deserved more. We just need to lift our heads up and think about the next game.”
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.
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