The referee for the Champions League match between Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk has been named, and it will be French referee Benoit Bastien to oversee proceedings at the Santiago Bernabeu for the second time in his career on the 3rd of November.
Bastien will have the help of his national team of referees in Aurélien Berthomieu and Benjamin Pages, who will serve as the two assistant referees along with Jérémie Pignard, the fourth official. The VAR referee will be Delajod Willy, also from France.
Benoit Bastien has been a French Ligue 1 referee since 2011 and earned international status for FIFA in 2014. The 38-year old has taken over a total of 191 matches so far in Ligue 1, dishing out a whopping number of 712 yellow cards and 60 red cards. Bastien started refereeing in the UEFA Champions League in 2017/18 and has been in charge of only 10 matches so far
Real Madrid will look to seal top spot in Group D against Shakhtar Donetsk
Only once before has he been in charge of Real Madrid and it came in Real’s Champions League-winning season of 2017/18. He refereed the first group match against APOEL which Los Blancos won comfortably by a margin of 3-0 with goals coming from Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos.
The Los Blancos have had an indifferent season in Europe this season, and are in the second position in Group D behind this year’s surprise package Sheriff. They looked on course to finishing top of the group after picking up a slender 1-0 win against Inter, arguably their biggest opponents in the group but immediately stumbled against Sheriff on match-day 2 at the Bernabeu.
However, they brought their campaign on track with a thumping 5-0 victory against the Ukrainian club, Shakhtar Donetsk in the first round of this year’s Champions League season and will look to continue their rich vein of form this time around at the Spanish capital.