Vinicius Jr breaks record for quickest goal as a substitute during Real Madrid 2-3 Shakhtar Donetsk

  • Rob Swan

Real Madrid found themselves 3-0 down at half-time against Shakhtar Donetsk in their Champions League group stage fixture on Wednesday evening.

Zinedine Zidane’s side were left stunned by their opponents, who were without 10 first-team players due to Covid-19, during the opening 45 minutes.

Tete broke the deadlock after 29 minutes before Raphael Varane’s own goal put the Ukrainian outfit 2-0 up. Manor Solomon then put the visitors into dreamland at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stéfano by adding a third goal before the break.

Real Madrid responded shortly after the interval thanks to a screamer from Luka Modric.

Zidane then sent on Vinicius Junior in place of Luka Jovic – and it proved to be an inspired substitution.


Just seconds later – 14, to be precise – Vinicius scored Los Blancos’ second goal of the night.

Per statistician MisterChip, Vinicius’s goal is the fastest goal by a substitute in UEFA Champions League history.

The previous record (15 seconds) was jointly shared by Lars Ricken and Andy van der Meyde.


Watch Vinicius’s goal here…

Now that’s what you call an immediate impact.

And Vinicius’s record-breaking goal proved to be little more than a consolation.


Shakhtar ended the match with their one-goal lead intact to seal a memorable victory in the Spanish capital.

Federico Valverde had the ball into the back of the net in stoppage time but his goal was ruled out following a VAR review.

Real Madrid, meanwhile, now head into Saturday’s Clasico against fierce rivals Barcelona off the back of two disappointing defeats against Cadiz and now Shakhtar.

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