Real Madrid 2-1 Shakhtar Donetsk: Karim Benzema's double takes hosts top of Group D

Last update on. From the section Champions League
Only Robert Lewandowski, Lionel Messi, and Cristiano Ronaldo have scored more Champions League goals that Karim Benzema.

Real Madrid's win over Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League saw Karim Benzema score twice.

Real's 1000th goal in European football's elite club competition was scored by Benzema.

After Fernando's well-deserved win for Shakhtar, the France forward won a second. This was thanks to Vinicius Junior's and Casemiro's hard work.

Sheriff Tiraspol hosts Inter Milan in Wednesday's other game of Group D.

Real could be beaten by the Moldovan champions and the Moldovan debutants may still leapfrog Real.

Carlo Ancelotti, Real boss, will be grateful for Benzema’s clinical contribution in a contest which saw his side flattering to deceive opposition they had thrashed in reverse fixture just over two weeks earlier.

Luka Modric had two good chances to score for the hosts early on, but they lost their momentum after Benzema scored the opener courtesy a surprising mix-up between Anatolii Trubin, the visiting goalkeeper, and Marlon.

Roberto de Zerbi's Alan Patrick had previously hit the post. However, Alan Patrick superbly chested Fernando the ball in Fernando's direction for Fernando's equaliser. Thibaut Courtois, the Brazilian goalkeeper, smashed his effort into the roof of the net.

The hosts won the match with Benzema's second move from a magnificent move, and have won four of five matches in all competitions.