Real Madrid will be colliding with Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday for their UCL clash as they eye the pole position of Group D. Sheriff Tiraspol conjured an incredible night in the second round of the tournament with a stunning victory against the thirteen-time champions of Europe.
However, the Spanish giants were successful in flipping the tide around against the Ukrainian champions, Shakhtar Donetsk as they thrashed them by 5-0. Vinicius Jr slammed a brace while Rodrygo and Benzema blasted a goal apiece to send the supporters into a delirious bout of frenzy.
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With that victory, Real climbed to second place on the points table with six points from three games. A victory tomorrow against Shakhtar will almost secure a berth for them in the round of 16.
However, given the recent records of the Ukrainian outfit against Los Decima, it will be a very dicey clash. To make matters a bit easier for the Spanish capital, the referee who will be arbitrating the game was declared by UEFA.
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French referee, Benoit Bastien will be the man in charge of the high-voltage encounter at Santiago Bernabeu. Going by the reports of Realmadrid.com, it quoted, “Benoît Bastien will officiate Real Madrid-Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League group stage matchday-four game at the Santiago Bernabéu (Wednesday, 6:45 pm CET). The Frenchman will referee our team for the second time in this competition. The first match was against APOEL at the Santiago Bernabéu, in the 2017/18 Champions League group stage matchday one encounter.”
Benoit Bastien has been a French referee and he has been a full-time FIFA official since 2014. He has officiated a total of 333 matches in all competitions combined. He has shown a staggering 1252 yellow cards coming to almost 4 yellow cards per game. 30 players have incurred his wrath as he has dished out marching orders to them and these were a result of a second yellow. However, when it came to a direct red, his numbers are on the higher side with 65 straight red cards being shown.
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To cap it all, he has given 100 penalties to date out of which the highest number of spot-kicks have come in Ligue 1 encounters. Earlier, he has officiated in nine Champions League games that witnessed him showing a staggering 41 yellow cards and one red card which came on the back of a second yellow.