Hazard & Rodrygo steer Real past Inter

UEFA Champions League

Real Madrid boosted their chances of reaching the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League after beating ten-man Inter Milan 2-0 in Group B on Wednesday evening.

Madrid were without Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema among others due to injury, while Eder Militao and Luka Jovic were also missing due to positive Covid-19 tests.

The hosts had a bad start after Nicolo Barella conceded a penalty in the fifth minute by bringing down Nacho inside the box with a clumsy challenge, which allowed Eden Hazard to slot home the spot-kick for the opening goal.

Los Blancos almost doubled their lead in the 13th minute after Lucas Vazquez unleashed a rocket from range that took a deflection and left Handanovic flat-footed but the strike came off the post.

The game was getting out of hand for Antonio Conte's charges in the 33rd minute after Arturo Vidal received two quick yellow cards and was sent off for dissent reacted angrily for not getting a penalty.

Inter came out of their defensive shell early in the second stanza but they could not carve out openings, but they were punished on the hour-mark after Rodrygo doubled the lead for the visitors with a good finish at the back post just a minute after coming on from Vazquez's cross.

The game opened up in the last 20 minutes, although Los Blancos were getting the better chances but they could not yet kill off the game, with Hazard and Toni Kroos both coming close in quick succession.

Ivan Perisic came close to pulling a goal back for the Italian side in the last eight minutes after latching onto a through ball inside the box but his powerful low shot was brilliantly parried away by shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois.

Madrid were able to see out the closing stages to hond on for the 2-0 win that took them up to second in the group, a point adrift of leaders Borussia Monchengladbach while Inter remain at the bottom with two points.