Shakhtar's Dentinho reacts after Real Madrid's Raphael Varane scored an own goal during the Champions League, group B soccer match between Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk at Alfredo di Stefano stadium in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. It is located in the central city's park near a big pond.

Toni Kroos and Karim Benzema were among those who started on the bench. In 2010-11, the general director of Shakhtar Serhiy Palkin announced that the stadium would be rebuilt in its original architecture of 1936, however due to the UEFA Euro 2012 and later the 2014 war in Donbass that idea became abandoned. Madrid will start using the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium at its training center when it hosts Shakhtar in the group opener on Oct. 21. The total area of the construction site (including mobilization areas) is 254,907 m², The land (including pitch), where the Stadium is located, is 46,780 m². “We didn’t get off to a good start. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. The team didn't perform like I wanted and that's my fault.”. If possible, verify the text with references provided in the foreign-language article. Donetsk has become a key battleground in the fighting. Zidane was without some players because of injury, including captain Sergio Ramos and right back Dani Carvajal, and he made several changes to the starting lineup ahead of the Spanish league “clásico” against Barcelona on Saturday.

Donbass Arena or Donbas Arena is a stadium with a natural grass pitch in Donetsk, Ukraine (under occupation by the Donetsk People's Republic) that opened on 29 August 2009. Many state officials attended the show designed by K-events Filmmaster Group. Playing with only a few regular starters, Shakhtar took advantage of counterattacks to open up a 3-0 first-half lead, and then held on after Madrid pulled closer with two goals shortly after the break. Real Madrid's players warm up prior to the La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Valladolid at Alfredo di Stefano stadium in Madrid.

Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. Shakhtar has not played a European game at Donbass Arena in Donetsk since February 2014 because of conflict between Ukrainian and Russia-backed separatist forces in its home region.

Donetsk is in the Donbass region, a mining region, and the date was chosen for its symbolism.

On its last visit to Kyiv, Madrid won the 2018 final against Liverpool. Inter Milan hosted Borussia Mönchengladbach in the other group match later Wednesday. The height of the new stadium is 54m from pitch level to the top of the roof. A major geotechnical fault exists some 100m below the ground directly under the centre-spot. There are 227 lavatories with 471 toilets and 333 wash basins. [1] All six died instantaneously. A 13-time Champions League winner, Madrid was eliminated in the round of 16 in the last two seasons. Shakhtar Donetsk stadium the Donbass Arena hit by two explosions, You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully, Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable, Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties, We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification. Donetsk has become a key battleground in the confrontation. On its last visit to Kyiv, Madrid won the 2018 final against Liverpool.

Shakhtar arrived in Spain without several key players who were not fully fit after going into isolation because of positive COVID-19 tests. The roof of the stadium slopes from north to south matching the landscape and contributing to the natural lighting and airing of the pitch. [9], On 20 May 2014, the stadium hosted a small "Peace March" against the violence of the 2014 pro-Russian conflict in Ukraine and the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic. “We improved in the second half but it wasn’t enough.