Even though the match nearly slipped away, Cristiano Ronaldo’s brace and two assists helped Real Madrid wrap up Champions League Group A with a dominating 4-3 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk at Arena Lviv in Ukraine on Wednesday.
Keeping Los Blancos undefeated in the tournament, the Portuguese forward assured Madrid of three more points on the group table, upping their total to 13, and securing a place in the Round of 16 with his sixth and seventh goals and first assists in the tournament.
It was a wire-to-wire drubbing with Madrid owning a 60-40 possession advantage and recording 20 shots to the Ukrainian side’s 10.
Los Blancos effortlessly moved the ball up and down the pitch throughout the match, resulting in Ronaldo’s first goal in the 18th and his second in the 70th. Ronaldo would also assist midfielder Luka Modric’s goal in the 50th minute to double the lead, and defender Daniel Carvajal’s two minutes later.
Shakhtar did make a late push in the final 20 minutes, with Alex Texeira converting a penalty in the 77th and notching a brace of his own with another goal in the 88th minute. Dentinho also converted Taras Stepanenko’s header pass off a cross into a goal from close range in the 83rd, but the effort was too late.
Ronaldo’s first goal came off Gareth Bale’s assist with numerous defenders trying to trap him in on the goal line left of the box, but the Welsh star slipped a clever cross over his defenders to an unmarked Ronaldo, who easily hit the back of the net.
From there Ronaldo completed a stellar run down the right sideline with a low cross to a wide open Modric for a 2-0 lead and Los Blancos were in control.
Ronaldo would later toy with Shakhtar’s defense and dump a pass off to Carvajal’s inside the box for an excellent chip shot that looped over keeper Andriy Pyatov, who still picked up three saves on the day despite the loss.