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Real Madrid crowd left wanting more

The Estadio Santiago Bernabeu is not quite feeling like home for Real Madrid.

The whistles rang out at various stage during Wednesday night's Champions League group-stage game with Shakhtar Donetsk, with the club's supporters clearly disappointed with the fare they were being served up.

The catcalls had even been heard before the Ukrainians got their goal, and they worsened after that.

Home performances have been a problem for Carlo Ancelotti's side in recent weeks, with performances at odds to some of the famous European nights that the club have experienced in their stadium.

Despite the big wins over Celta Vigo and Real Mallorca in LaLiga Santander, there was a desperate defeat to Sheriff and then goalless draws with Osasuna and Villarreal.

Karim Benzema's opener looked to have settled any early murmurs in the tribunes, but Real Madrid just couldn't control the game, with passes going astray and Shakhtar mounting a number of attacks, coming close to equalising late on in the game.

Ancelotti's comments

Ancelotti tried to find a positive spin on the reception his team had got during the night.

"It's good, because it means our fans are demanding of us," he commented.

"I don't see it as a negative."

The win over Shakhtar meant that Real Madrid have taken a huge step towards the last 16 of the Champions League, but the message from their fans was clear: it's not enough to win without playing well.

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