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Rüdiger Rescue Madrid To Secure Their Qualification In Champions League Knockout Stage

Real Madrid rescued a point with almost the last kick of the match in a 1-1 draw against Shakhtar Donetsk this evening, which has taken the reigning champions through to the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Shakhtar, who are being forced to play their home matches in Poland due to the ongoing Russian military invasion in Ukraine, looked set to record a remarkable victory against the reigning champions, but Antonio Rudiger’s last-gasp header spared the visitors’ blushes.

The warning signs were there for the Ukrainian Premier League champions as Rudiger narrowly headed Toni Kroos’s cross wide of the post, with the equalising goal almost a carbon copy incident as Kroos’s in-swinging ball found his target once again.

Rudiger bravely met his compatriot’s cross to head the ball in off the post, before being absolutely clattered by Shakhtar’s goalkeeper Anatoliy Trubin, who arrived late to the scene rushing out from his goal.

But the players’ celebrations were cut short as Rüdiger and Shakhtar goalkeeper Anatoliy Trubin needed lengthy treatment for their clash of heads when the Madrid defender scored, after meeting Toni Kroos’ cross from deep just ahead of Trubin.

Trubin was eventually able to continue for the final seconds, but Rüdiger had to leave the field because he was bleeding so much.

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