Actual Madrid thwarted a second half comeback from Inter Milan to win 3-2 on Tuesday and provides their Champions League bid lift-off in Group B. Madrid’s 19-year-old Brazilian Rodrygo got here off the bench to attain the winner on the empty Alfredo di Stefano stadium, the place Inter threatened a exceptional turnaround after drawing degree from two objectives down. Lautaro Martinez and Ivan Perisic gave Inter hope of victory after Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos had put Madrid in command, Ramos heading in a second after half an hour for his 100th Actual Madrid objective.
However Rodrygo had the final phrase, his cool end within the 80th minute incomes Zinedine Zidane’s facet their first win to depart Inter with a mountain to climb if they’re to make the final 16.
“It is three essential factors for us,” mentioned Zidane. “We needed to win and we did it with character, after struggling towards an excellent opponent. It wasn’t straightforward.”
These groups have been anticipated to battle for the highest two spots within the group however each got here into this recreation on the again of stumbling begins, Inter taking two factors and Madrid only one from opening video games towards Borussia Moenchengladbach and Shakhtar Donetsk.
Neither coach may afford one other slip-up both after a bumpy few weeks. Antonio Conte’s Inter have now received solely considered one of their final seven video games whereas Madrid seem to have turned a nook following consecutive losses final month.
“We’ve got to maintain our heads up and proceed to work,” mentioned Martinez. “We’re solely lacking some small particulars to win these type of video games.
“We all know how troublesome this competitors is. We play nicely however all the time make some errors. You merely can’t afford that at this degree.”
“Actual have gamers with a number of expertise,” added Conte. “They know when to complete the sport. We’re lacking a little bit of that.”
– Hakimi error towards former membership –
The energetic Perisic changed the injured Romelu Lukaku up entrance for Inter and Eden Hazard began for the second time this season for Madrid. The Belgian delivered solely in glimpses earlier than being taken off shortly after the hour.
Inter’s right-back Achraf Hakimi additionally went up towards the membership that offered him for 40 million euros in July and though he was harmful going ahead, it was his poor backpass that led to Benzema’s opening objective.
Madrid have been the stronger facet within the first half however conceded possibilities and have been weak on the break.
Marco Asensio went shut after a cutback from Hazard earlier than two Inter counters noticed Nicolo Barella hit the crossbar and Martinez power a save from Thibaut Courtois.
Fede Valverde ought to have scored however scuffed a half-volleyed end after a neat header from Benzema, who then did rating, capitalising on Hakimi’s error to around the goalkeeper and slot residence.
When Ramos headed in Toni Kroos’ nook within the 33rd minute, Madrid seemed snug however within the 35th they let Inter again in, a luxurious flicked backheel from Barella spinning into the trail of Lautaro, who made no mistake.
Hazard went off simply after the hour, with Madrid much less dominant and Inter’s confidence rising.
They equalised with the primary actual probability of the half as Perisic darted onto Martinez’s header and completed into the far nook.
The sport was within the steadiness. Lautaro curled over and Perisic fired extensive, with Inter even wanting the extra more likely to seize a winner.
However it was Madrid who struck once more, the 2 substitutes combining on the break as Vinicius Junior sped clear on the left and crossed to Rodrygo on the fitting, his fellow Brazilian controlling and sweeping in.
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