Real Madrid leave Inter on brink of Champions League elimination
Real Madrid got a vital victory over Inter Milan in the Champions League and it was much more comfortable than the game in Madrid three weeks ago. Inter went down 3-2 in that game, but could have easily won it. However, they were never in with a shout in this game.
Things started badly for Inter when Nacho was brought down after seven minutes by Nico Barella and the referee Anthony Taylor pointed to the spot. Eden Hazard converted despite keeper Handanovic going the right way and they never looked back from there.
Lucas Vazquez struck a post for the visitors with 12 minutes on the clock and Zidane's men continued to threaten. Vidal and Lukaku had half chances for the hosts but failed to hit the target and things went downhil for Conte's men on 34 minutes.
Varane cleanly tackled Arturo Vidal in the box, the referee said no penalty and the VAR checked the incident. However, the Chilean ended up shouting in the referee's face and was booked twice in the space of five seconds. That meant a red card and Inter were down to 10 men.
November 25, 2020
In the second half, Inter had a bright quarter of an hour which saw them threaten Courtois' goal and they had a strong penalty shout turned down when Lucas Vazquez's pull back on Gagliardini went unpunished, but Real's second killed off the contest.
A short corner was played to Lucas Vazquez and Rodrygo volleyed home the cross at the far post to make it 0-2 after 59 minutes with his first touch of the match,
From then on in, the game just peetered out and Madrid even had chances to get a third through Vazquez, Hazard and Vinicius, but they had to settle for two. Substitute Ivan Perisic was the most threatening for Inter, but apart from one powerful effort which Courtois had to save, Inter never looked like scoring.
The result sees Madrid move into second on seven points, one behind leaders Monchengladbach, while Inter are serious trouble. They have just two points and are five points off Madrid in second with just two games left which means getting the Europa League spot off Shakhtar, who have four points, looks the most realistic aim.