Real Madrid travel to Ukraine for this evening’s Champions League clash with Shakhtar Donetsk in the knowledge that victory is absolutely crucial as explained by Mundo Deportivo.

Should Los Blancos win they secure qualification for the last 16, but if they lose they’ll find themselves level on points with Shakhtar, who are currently third, going into the final matchday.

Madrid come into the game off the high of beating Inter Milan 2-0 in Italy last week and the low of losing 2-1 to lowly Alaves in Madrid on Saturday.

Also in the back of their mind will be the reverse fixture against Shakhtar, which saw them lose 3-2 at Estadio Di Stefano at the beginning of the campaign. Continue reading

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