HomeChampions LeagueLate Rudiger header rescues draw for Real against Shakhtar

Late Rudiger header rescues draw for Real against Shakhtar

Soccer Football – Champions League – Group F – Shakhtar Donetsk v Real Madrid – Stadion Wojska Polskiego, Warsaw, Poland – October 11, 2022 Players from both teams line up before the match REUTERS/Aleksandra Szmigiel

WARSAW (Reuters) – A last-gasp header by Real Madrid defender Antonio Rudiger rescued a 1-1 draw against Shakhtar Donetsk after the Ukrainian side had taken the lead in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Shakhtar went ahead one minute into the second half in Warsaw when Bogdan Mykhaylichenko found Oleksandr Zubkov unmarked in Real’s box and the midfielder nodded home into the bottom right corner.

However, Rudiger levelled five minutes into stoppage time by taking advantage of a neat pass from midfielder Toni Kroos to deny Shakhtar a famous victory.

The draw did at least stop Real from immediately advancing to the knockout stage, although Carlo Ancelotti’s men can secure their spot in their next group game at RB Leipzig on Oct. 25.

Real hold a four-point lead in Group F over second-placed Leipzig, who won 2-0 at Celtic.

Shakhtar slipped one place down to third, on five points.

(Reporting by Anita Kobylinska in Warsaw; Editing by Christian Radnedge)