Real Madrid – Shakhtar, Champions League, October 5, 2022: Andrey Lunin will play for Real Madrid, fans don’t like it

A Ukrainian goalkeeper will play for Real Madrid in the Champions League. The fans don’t seem to like it

Dmitry Zimin

Dmitry Zimin

Ukrainian goalkeeper to play for Real Madrid in Champions League

Lunin has already made a gross mistake in the game with Osasuna. Now he is waiting for the game with Shakhtar.

Andrey Lunin was born in the city of Krasnograd, Kharkiv region, and has been playing in the Real Madrid system since 2018. The Spaniards noticed him in the matches for Dnipro and Zorya. And they offered a six-year contract – a decent period for any talented young man.

He played the first match almost immediately after the transition – with Manchester United, however, in a friendly tournament, and a couple of months later he even won the tournament – the Santiago Bernabeu Cup. But it is logical that after that he went on loan: Leganes, Valladolid, Real Oviedo. And I got a lot of time only in the last team.

Before the 2020/2021 season, Lunin returned to Real Madrid as a full-fledged second goalkeeper. But he played little – it is difficult to force Courtois out of the squad. The debut in La Liga was postponed until May 2022, when Madrid had already taken the championship title – Andrei was released in matches with Atl├ętico and Cadiz.

Andrey Lunin

Andrey Lunin

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Recently, Courtois was injured. For a couple of matches, Lunin is definitely at the base

In early October, a real chance loomed before the Ukrainian to prove himself as the first number. Courtois’s back problems worsened, the club’s medical staff asked to give him an indefinite pause. Therefore, in the game with Osasuna, Lunin came out at the gate.

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But the first match of the new season was not the best. Real Madrid lost points for the first time this season, drawing 1-1, and Andriy set up a strange goal. Submission into the penalty area, he went too far out of the gate, and Quique Garcia threw the ball into his collar. Then Benzema, however, did not convert a penalty, and VAR canceled another goal. But for some reason, Lunin was blamed for this result. The 23-year-old goalkeeper received the worst WhoScored score of any player in the match – 5.9 – and bad reviews from fans and the press. Although he did not give other reasons to doubt himself.

There is no way out for Carlo Ancelotti. As well as other goalkeepers with at least minimal experience of playing at a high level. Therefore, in the game with Shakhtar in the Champions League, Andriy will also be in the base. At the same time, it is not known how long the experiment will last. The Spanish media doubt that Courtois will even be ready for the game against Barcelona on October 16th. Therefore, the Ukrainian must be ready for any scenario.

Lunin was photographed with the Champions Cup. But UEFA doesn’t seem to consider him a winner

A strange story happened in May. Real Madrid beat Liverpool and took the Champions League trophy. The Ukrainian spent the entire match on the bench, and after the game he received a medal and was photographed with a trophy. And in Wikipedia, in the achievement column, a corresponding item about his conquest appeared.

However, the Mundo Deportivo website later reported that according to UEFA rules, the goalkeeper is not considered the winner of the Champions League. The thing is, he did not spend a single minute on the field in the drawing of that season. And, accordingly, is not among the owners of the trophy.

Ukrainian goalkeeper wants to leave Real Madrid.  Recently he was in the top 10 young players in the world
Ukrainian goalkeeper wants to leave Real Madrid. Recently he was in the top 10 young players in the world

Real Madrid did not respond to this statement. And no one took away the medal from Andrey. However, it seems that he really is not officially included among the winners. But this season, he will even formally get the opportunity to become one. We just need to play against Shakhtar.

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