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Real Madrid shocked in Russia — UCL wrap

Real Madrid shocked in Russia — UCL wrap

But even with nearly 70 per cent possession and Modric introduced off the bench, Real couldn't break down CSKA and offered the Russian team chances on the counterattack.

A 3-0 defeat by Sevilla, a 0-0 draw with Atletico and a 1-0 defeat at CSKA Moscow in the Champions League.

The defeat signalled the first time that Los Blancos hadn't scored in three consecutive games since Fabio Capello was in charge back in January 2007.

However, his departure from the club divided opinion among fans, with some holding that his exit will have no major impact on Madrid's performances.

In Group F, Manchester City recovered from going behind against Hoffenheim inside the opening minute to fight back and win 2-1 with a late goal from David Silva at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena.

The result meant Real have now won just two matches from nine in Russia in European competition.

Cristiano Ronaldo's shadow is growing. "Sindrome Cristiano", El Pais called it on Wednesday. "We understand that the players who are staying home are quite significant losses for us".

Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported how Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid are said to be ready to do all their best so as for them to sign Brazilian football star Neymar from PSG. "You cannot cover the sun with your finger".

He's back dropping off and leaving space for others to exploit and no one is doing the exploiting. Improved after 20 minutes and hit the post with a shot.

The first half's 2-0 score line to the favored visitors didn't provide a lot of hope for neutrals, as Haris Seferovic and Grimaldo scored in the first 15 minutes for Benfica, but a red card for Ruben Dias in first half stoppage sure did the trick. They have not scored a single goal in that sequence, but have conceded 13 times.

"We have full confidence in him, strikers go in streaks", Lopetegui said.

Modric came on in the second half for Casemiro, but the 33-year-old Croatia midfielder could not turn the match in Real's favour. Isco and Marcelo, who also add attacking impetus, were missing injured.

Added to that, Julen Lopetegui was forced to travel without experienced players such as captain Sergio Ramos, hero of last year's final Gareth Bale, and Isco.

Lopetegui will be hoping for some relief, and goals.

10 - Czech sides have played 10 matches against Italian teams in Champions League history, with their record standing at four losses, five draws and a single win - for Sparta Prague against Lazio in 2003.

"Neither were we great then, nor are we bad now".