Final score

3 November 2020 21:00

Real Madrid
36' (2nd half) Rodrygo
33' Sergio Ramos
26' Benzema
3 - 2
24' (2nd half) Perisic
36' Martínez
Referee: Clément Turpin / Linesmen: N. Danos, C. Gringore / Fourth official: F. Schneider / Assistants: F. Letexier, J. Brisard
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45' The first half draws to an end in Madrid. Real are 2-1 up thanks to Benzema and Sergio Ramos goals before Lautaro Martinez pulled one back for Inter.
43' Vidal has his name taken after a late challenge on Lucas Vazquez.
38' Lautaro looks to find Hakimi who bursts away from Mendy but Courtois comes off his line to clear outside the area.
36' GOAL! LAUTAROOOO! Spectacular backheeled assist from Barella before El Toro picks out the corner with a first-time finish that halves the deficit!
33' Sergio Ramos doubles Real Madrid's lead with a header from the corner.
33' Hazard drives into the Inter box but Handanovic comes off his line to stop him at the expense of a corner.
26' Hakimi plays a backpass under a challenge from Mendy, Benzema pounces on it to round Handanovic and open the scoring.
23' Benzema nods the ball down for Valverde who strikes his volley into the ground and over the bar.
22' Hakimi goes down under a Mendy challenge at the edge of the area but the referee waves play on.
19' Barella goes long in an attempt to make the most of Hakimi's pace. Courtois comes off his line to claim the ball after it's shielded by Mendy.
14' Great play from Lautaro to beat Sergio Ramos and play it for Vidal who hits a powerful first-time effort into the side-netting. Close again for Inter!
13' Handanovic makes a simple stop from Valverde
10' Another chance for Lautaro who strikes with his right from the edge box with Courtois falling the wrong way but he recovers to make a great save.
10' Barella hits the bar! Big chance for Inter as Perisic crosses to Barella who beat Courtois only for his header to hit the bar twice.
8' Brozovic plays a ball forward for Lautaaro but Varane reads it.
7' Valverde tries his luck from range and Handanovic watches it sail over.
4' Kroos cuts the ball back to Asensio who hits it first time but Handanovic reacts well to tip the ball over the bar.
1' All is set as the hosts kick us off. Come on lads, FORZA INTER!
1' Inter take to the pitch at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano in Madrid, ready to take on the Merengues for this Matchday 3 fixture in the 2020-21 UEFA Champions League.
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48' All over in Madrid. Lautaro and Perisic's goals to cancel out Benzema and Ramos' strikes weren't enough for Inter. Rodrygo's 82nd minute goal proved to be the decider.
48' Benzema's effort is denied by the feet of Handanovic.
47' Courtois is booked for time-wasting.
45' A minimum of three minutes stoppage time go up on the board.
42' Nainggolan replaces Vidal for the final minutes.
40' Casemiro is booked for his challenge on Lautaro and Inter have a free kick in a dangerous position.
36' Real Madrid take the lead again with Rodygo firing home. Vinicius with the assist.
34' Real Madrid also make a substitution as Modric comes on for Kroos.
33' Sanchez comes on for Perisic.
33' Inter with the double switch. Gagliardini takes the place of Barella.
32' Inter look dangerous once again as Lautaro sets Perisic up for a left-foot effort but he can't hit the target this time.
30' Lautaro with a chance to make it 3-2 but his placed effort narrowly misses the target.
27' Barella is booked for dissent with the Fourth Official standing nearby.
26' Inter with a chance to make it 3-2 but Mendy saves Madrid with Hakimi looking to get on the end of Young's cross.
24' GOAL! GOAAAAAAL! Perisic! Inter draw level after Lautaro nodded it on to the no.14 who fired across Courtois and in! It's 2-2!
22' Vazquez shoots from the edge of the box after being set up by Benzema but his attempt goes wide of Handanovic's goal.
19' Real Madrid with two changes. Vinicius and Rodrygo are on as Asensio and Hazard make way.
18' Perisic crosses for Lautaro but Ramos makes a great challenge and the ball goes behind for a corner.
17' Barella is tripped by Valverde who is the second Real Madrid player to be booked.
14' Barella with a through-ball for Hakimi but Courtois gets there first.
10' Handanovic plays it long for Hakimi who looks to play a one-two with Lautaro but Varane gets in there to win the ball for Real.
6' Brozovic is booked for a foul on Hazard.
4' Scramble in the Madrid box following a Brozovic free kick but they're able to clear eventually.
3' Mendy fouls Hakimi and the Real Madrid full-back is booked.
1' The second half begins with the two sides unchanged. FORZA INTER!

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7 shots on target 3
3 shots off target 5
13 fouls committed 14
6 corners 2
0 offsides 0
55% ball possession 45%

Real Madrid are winless in their last four UEFA Champions League matches (D1 L3), their worst run since September 2006 when they went five without a win, a run which featured Zinedine Zidane’s last ever Champions League appearance.

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema found the net on MD2 at Borussia Mönchengladbach, the 16th different season the Frenchman has found the net in the UEFA Champions League, a joint-record he shares with Ryan Giggs and Lionel Messi.

Inter midfielder Arturo Vidal has scored against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League with two previous teams, Juventus and Bayern Munich. No player has ever scored against Real Madrid with three different teams in the competition.

Real Madrid have won six of their seven home major UEFA European matches against Inter Milan (L1), although this is the first time the Spanish side have hosted the fixture since September 1998 - a 2-0 win for Madrid in Inter’s first ever game in the Champions League.

In the last 10 major UEFA European matches between Real Madrid and Inter Milan, the home side has won the match (D1) since a 2-0 away win for Inter in the European Cup in March 1967.

In the European Cup/Champions League, only against Lyon (30%) do Real Madrid have a lower win percentage than they do against Inter Milan (33%, 3 wins in 9 games) among teams they’ve faced at least five times.

Inter Milan have drawn their opening two UEFA Champions League matches this season – the last time that happened in 2009/10, they went on to win the competition under Jose Mourinho.

In major UEFA European competition, Inter have lost 15 of their 20 away games in Spain (W3 D2), losing eight of their 10 in the Champions League (W1 D1).

wins(1) draws(0) defeats(5)

MADRID - Now, it’s a bit more difficult. Nothing is certain but reaching the next round will be complicated. Inter slumped to a 3-2 defeat in Madrid and now slip to the bottom of Group B on two points, behind Borussia Mönchengladbach (5), Shakhtar and Real (4). Nothing is decided because Inter, once again, showed that they were certainly no worse than an opponent as strong as Real. Inter went behind, got level and went behind again in a game that ended 3-2, which was 2-0, then 2-2 and could then have even been won by Inter. The comeback was brilliant, as Lautaro and Perisic cancelled out goals from Benzema and Ramos. Then, in the 80th minute, came the killing blow from the substitute Rodrygo. It’s a tough one to take, perhaps even undeserved, but Inter leave empty-handed. There’s bound to be a great deal of regret for errors committed, which gifted goals to our opposition, and in the knowledge that Inter can compete with any side.

We weren’t playing in the feared Bernabeu, but playing Real Madrid is never a normal fixture. The pressure over playing against Los Blancos at the Estadio Alfredo di Stéfano in Valdebebas was further compounded by Gladbach’s huge six-goal win over Shakhtar and the German side claiming top spot in the group for the moment. Winning was thus an obligation for both sides and the game reflected this fact. It was a frantic start as an aggressive Real side came flying out of the traps. Real’s high press caused problems for Inter early on; Asensio forced a brilliant save out of Handanovic (4’).

However, the Nerazzurri - just as Conte had explained ahead of the match - would not be fearful and tried to play their own football, with long searching balls out to Hakimi on the right or looking to pick out Lautaro and Perisic on the move. In the space of one minute (9’-10’), Inter had two great chances. First, Perisic’s cross found Barella, but the Italian’s header hit the crossbar. Then, Lautaro let fly from outside the box but Courtois reacted well to get a strong hand to it. Lautaro’s movement was Inter’s greatest weapon on the night; El Toro drifted out to the left and set up Vidal, whose shot was not far wide.

Inter were able to control the tempo but Real had experience and Benzema was able to direct their attacks with his movement and hold-up play. It was the French striker who opened the scoring after pouncing on a Hakimi backpass and it was straightforward for the Real Madrid no.9 to round Handanovic and slot home. Things got harder still eight minutes later with a typical Sergio Ramos effort as headed home his 100th Real Madrid goal from a corner.

Inter needed to respond immediately to stay in it and did so. Lautaro found the net with a great right-foot strike under pressure from Varane after being played in by a magnificent backheeled volley from Barella. Inter knew that they had the weapons to hurt Madrid who weren’t impenetrable at the back. If the second half began at a lower tempo compared to the first, the match truly exploded into life 20 minutes in. Vazquez missed a chance to make it 3-1 and the Nerazzurri forwards made him pay straight after. In the 68th minute, Inter drew level through Perisic who did well to fire in a left-foot shot after Lautaro nodded the ball through to him. The pair came to life for the next ten minutes, creating a further two good chances. The Argentine narrowly missed the top corner with a right-foot effort before Perisic failed to hit the target with his left on the break. Just as it seemed Inter had the momentum to go on and win, the hosts responded with a body blow. The Nerazzurri gave too much space up on the left and the ball made its way to Rodrigo in the middle who fired beyond Handanovic. The side couldn’t make it back from 3-2 as tiredness started to set in. Conte’s changes brought some energy but it wasn’t enough. In the final minutes, Real Madrid missed a clear chance to make it 4-2 through Benzema. The final whistle culminated in defeat and a tricky road to qualification.

Borussia Mönchengladbach 5
Shakhtar Donetsk 4
Real Madrid 4
Inter 2

Next matchday - 25 November

18:55 Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. Shakhtar Donetsk

21:00 Inter vs. Real Madrid


REAL MADRID (4-3-3): 1 Courtois; 17 Vazquez, 5 Varane, 4 Sergio Ramos, 23 Mendy; 15 Valverde, 14 Casemiro, 8 Kroos (10 Modric 78'); 11 Asensio (25 Rodrygo 64'), 9 Benzema, 7 Hazard (20 Vinicius 64').
Substitutes: 13 Lunin, 26 Altube, 12 Marcelo, 18 Jovic, 22 Isco, 24 Mariano Diaz, 40 Santos.
Coach: Zinedine Zidane.

INTER (3-4-1-2): 1 Handanovic; 33 D'Ambrosio, 6 de Vrij, 95 Bastoni; 2 Hakimi, 77 Brozovic, 22 Vidal (44 Nainggolan 87'), 15 Young; 23 Barella (5 Gagliardini 78'); 10 Lautaro, 14 Perisic (7 Sanchez 78').
Substitutes: 27 Padelli, 35 Stankovic, 11 Kolarov, 13 Ranocchia, 24 Eriksen, 36 Darmian, 37 Skriniar, 99 Pinamonti.  
Coach: Antonio Conte.

Goalscorers: 25' Benzema (RM). 33' Sergio Ramos (RM), 35' Lautaro (I), 68' Perisic (I), 80' Rodrygo (RM)
Bookings: Vidal (I), Mendy (RM), Brozovic (I), Valverde (RM), Barella (I), Casemiro (RM), Courtois (RM)
Added time: 0' - 3'

Referee: Clément TURPIN (France)
Linemen: Nicolas DANOS (France), Cyril GRINGORE (France)
4th Official: Frank SCHNEIDER (France)
VAR: François LETEXIER (France)
Assistant VAR: Jérôme BRISARD (France)

starting lineups

Courtois 1 1 Handanovic
Vazquez 17 33 D'Ambrosio
Varane 5 6 de Vrij
Sergio Ramos 4 95 Bastoni
Mendy 23 2 Hakimi
Valverde 15 77 Brozovic
Casemiro 14 22 Vidal
Kroos 8 15 Young
Asensio 11 23 Barella
Benzema 9 10 Martínez
Hazard 7 14 Perisic


Lunin 13 27 Padelli
Altube 26 35 Stankovic
Modric 10 5 Gagliardini
Marcelo 12 7 Sanchez
Jovic 18 11 Kolarov
Vinicius 20 13 Ranocchia
Isco 22 24 Eriksen
Mariano Diaz 24 36 Darmian
Rodrygo 25 37 Skriniar
Santos 40 44 Nainggolan
99 Pinamonti

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