Cristiano Ronaldo netted a scintillating second half hat trick as Real Madrid started their champions league campaign with a sensational win over Shakhtar Donetsk at Bernabéu on Tuesday.
Shakhtar were reduced to 10 men in the second half as midfielder Taras Stepanenko was sent off for a second yellow card five minutes after the restart. But prior to that, Karim Benzema drew first blood for the Spanish giants in the 30th minute.
Ronaldo took charge in the second session as Real was awarded a dubious penalty. The Portuguese converted from the spot and then doubled his lead in the 63rd minute from another spot-kick after Márcio Azevedo’s clear handball.
Ronaldo signed off in style with another hat trick to his credit by nodding in the 4th goal in the 80th minute. Real has maintained a 4th clean-sheet this season in all competitions.
Luke Shaw Suffers Double Fracture, PSV Pips Manchester United 2-1
Left full back Luke Shaw suffered double fracture in his right leg, as PSV Eindhoven pipped Manchester United 2-1 in the Champions League group-opener at Eindhoven on Tuesday.
The club sources confirmed that the 20-year-old will undergo surgery on return to Manchester.
“It is awful. It was a very bad tackle. He had the oxygen mask on and was crying in the dressing room,” said manager Louis van Gaal. Clearly, the United boss was unhappy with referee allowing Hector Moreno to go free.
“A boy who came to Manchester United at 18 years old, it was very difficult, and the next season he plays fantastic and then that happens like this,” said the Dutchman.
“When I say it is a red card and penalty, you will say I am a bad loser. Every word I say is taken in the wrong way. It was in the 18-yard box and it was very bad tackle with two legs.”
Shaw received oxygen on-field while being treated on the field for ten minutes after Mexico defender Hector Moreno’s tackle.
Mexico defender Moreno, who broke his leg during last year’s World Cup, wished Shaw a speedy recovery.
“I’ve been through this before and I know how it feels.”