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Vinicius Jr. channels Cristiano Ronaldo in solo goal for Real Madrid v Shakhtar
A hectic Tuesday evening in the Champions League saw no less than 36 goals scored across eight group games. The pick of those many strikes, though, belonged to Real Madrid winger Vinicius Junior.
Following their shock home defeat to Moldovan side Sheriff Tiraspol last time out, Los Blancos got their European campaign back on track with a 5-0 demolition of Shakhtar Donetsk in Group D.
A Serhiy Kryvtsov own goal gave Real the lead eight minutes before half-time, but it was after the break where the La Liga giants really stamped their authority on the contest.
Vinicius added a second for Carlo Ancelotti's men on 51 minutes - and grabbed a breathtaking third just five minutes later.
Dancing through a seemingly mesmerised Shakhtar defence, the 21-year-old Brazilian beat five opposition players, before lashing the ball into the net.
Video: Vinicius Junior's fabulous solo strike vs Shakhtar
Cristiano Ronaldo against Galatasaray back in 2013.
On that September night, the Portuguese icon completed one of his seven Champions League hat-tricks for Real with an outrageous solo goal.
Bamboozling the back-line of the Turkish outfit in much the same way as Vinicius did on Tuesday, Ronaldo unleashed an unstoppable strike with his 'weaker' left foot, scoring one of his most memorable goals in Europe's premier club competition.
Video: Vinicius Junior's individual effort vs Shakhtar compared to Cristiano Ronaldo's vs Galatasaray
Twitter user @MadridNations has uploaded a comparison clip featuring the two strikes side-by-side - and they are eerily similar. You can check it out for yourself below:
While Vinicius wasn't able to mirror Ronaldo in snatching his own hat-trick, he did turn provider for Rodrygo for Real's fourth of the night. Ballon d'Or contender Karim Benzema then capped off the victory for Los Blancos with a stoppage-time fifth.
Ahead of this weekend's El Clasico showdown with Barcelona, having Vinicius in such outstanding form will be a welcome plus for Ancelotti.
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