Final score

25 November 2020 21:00

Inter
0 - 2
Real Madrid
14' (2nd half) Hakimi o.g.
7' Hazard (P)
Referee: Anthony Taylor / Linesmen: G.Beswick, A.Nunn / Fourth official: D.Coote / Assistants: S.Attwell, L.Betts
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47' The first half comes to an end: Real lead thanks to a Hazard penalty and Inter arae down to ten men after Vida's sending off after protesting having not been awarded a penalty.
47' Modric hits a right-footed effort from outside of the area that misses the target by inches.
45' Two minutes of added time have been indicated.
40' The match enters a transition phase, with Inter trying to stay in the game after Vidal's red card.
34' Inter are down to ten men after Vidal's sending off.
33' Vidal receives his second yellow card.
32' Penalty turned down for the Nerazzurri for a foul on Vidal. He receives a yellow for protesting.
31' Effort from distance by Kroos. The ball sails over the bar.
28' Effort from Hazard from a dangerous position: Handanovic saves then Skriniar puts it out for a corner.
25' Freekick for Lukaku outside the area but sends the ball over the crossbar.
23' Barella plays the ball to Lautaro, who is pressed by Varane but can't control the ball.
21' Hakimi plays a ball to Vidal, who sends the ball flying over the crossbar.
19' Gagliardini brings down Modric with a tactical foul. First booking of the match.
18' Hakimi connects with a header following a ball from Barella, but can't get the right timing on it.
17' Another chance for Real: Mendy pushes into the Nerazzurri area looking to make an assist but the ball ends up with Handanovic instead. Inter survive.
14' A difficult start for the Nerazzurri: Carvajal whips in a cross from the right and Mariano Diaz connects with a header. Easy save for Handanovic.
12' An effort from the outside of the area by Vazquez hits the post with Handanovic beaten.
7' Hazard doesn't miss from the spot. Handanovic dives but can't stop the ball from going in.
5' Penalty for Real Madrid after a clash between Barella and Nacho in the Nerazzurri penalty area
2' A lunge by Lautaro and he wins a corner for the Nerazzurri. First corner of the match!
1' Everything is ready for kick off: Real Madrid start with possession. We're off, come on boys! FORZA INTER!
1' Before kick off a minute of silence is held in memory of Diego Armando Maradona, who passed away today at the age of 60
1' It's a huge matchday at San Siro where Inter face Real Madrid for Matchday 4 in the UEFA Champions League 2020-21
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47' The match at San Siro concludes: Real Madrid take home the three points whilst Inter remain on two points in Group B.
45' Two minutes of added time indicated.
42' Last change for Conte: Eriksen comes on for Lukaku.
41' Sensi comes in late on Casemiro: the Nerazzurri number 12 receives a yellow card.
37' Inter come close to scoring with Perisic, who gets inside the area but is stopped by Courtois. Varane anticipates the follow-up from Lukaku.
35' Perisic plays a lofted ball to Sanchez in the area which is cut out by Courtois.
33' Inter make a change, bringing on Stefano Sensi for Gagliardini.
32' Another substitution for Real Madrid: Vinicius comes on for Hazard.
28' Sanchez shoots but his effort is blocked by Nacho.
26' Perisic's left-footed shot only just travels wide of Courtois' right hand side.
25' Hazard shoots with his right foot but his effort sails wide of Handanovic's goal.
21' Perisic hits a long ball from midway in the Madrid half but Courtois is wise to his efforts and jumps up to collect the ball.
18' Another change for Conte: Sanchez takes place for Hakimi.
14' Rodrygo finds Real Madrid's second goal, beating Handanovic following a cross from Vazquez.
13' Double change for Real Madrid: Casemiro and Rodrygo come on for Odegaard and Mariano Diaz.
11' Cross from the left hand side by Perisic. Courtois pushes the ball away, still into danger with Gagliardini stopped in his tracks.
7' More protests by the Nerazzurri after a clash on Gagliardini in the area. Again, the referee sees nothing wrong and play continues
4' Mendy hits a left footed cross, D'Ambrosio manages to put it out for a corner.
1' The second half kicks off at San Siro. Come on boys, FORZA INTER!
1' Perisic comes on for Lautaro: Inter change to a 4-4-1 formation.
1' Double change for Conte heading into the second half: D'Ambrosio comes on for Bastoni.

Handanovic
4.13
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D'Ambrosio
3.48
3.48
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Perisic
4.59
4.59
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Gagliardini
3.03
3.03
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Skriniar
4.21
4.21
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Martínez
3.39
3.39
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de Vrij
4.29
4.29
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Sensi
4.45
4.45
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Barella
3.89
3.89
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Bastoni
3.93
3.93
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Lukaku
3.88
3.88
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Sanchez
4.1
4.1
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Young
3.35
3.35
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Eriksen
6.31
6.31
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Hakimi
3.1
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Vidal
2.16
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1 shots on target 6
3 shots off target 7
7 fouls committed 10
2 corners 6
0 offsides 0
38% ball possession 62%

Inter Milan have lost three of their last four games against Real Madrid in European competition (W1), including their most recent meeting at the start of the month.

This will be Real Madrid’s first away game at Inter Milan since November 1998, when they lost 3-1 in the UEFA Champions League under Guus Hiddink.

Inter Milan have never previously lost at home to Real Madrid in European competition (P7 W5 D2), while they’ve won each of the last three.

Real Madrid have won seven of their eight UEFA Champions League games against Italian opponents under Zinedine Zidane (L1) – the lone defeat in this run (1-3 v Juventus in 2017-18) is the only game they’ve failed to score more than once in.

If Inter Milan fail to win this game, it will be the first time they’ve not won any of their first four games of a UEFA Champions League campaign. They have drawn two and lost one of their opening three games this season.

Real Madrid will be hoping for their first away win in the UEFA Champions League since December 2019 (3-1 v Club Brugge), having failed to win their last two away trips in the competition. They last went three in a row without winning on the road in the Champions League in November 2016 (a run of four).

Since the start of last season (excluding qualifiers), only Robert Lewandowski (22) has been directly involved in more goals across the UEFA Champions League and Europa League than Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku (15 – 11 goals and four assists).

Rodrygo has been directly involved in eight goals in eight UEFA Champions League games for Real Madrid (five goals and three assists), including scoring the winning goal in their 3-2 win versus Inter Milan last time out.

Five of Lautaro Martínez’s six goals for Inter Milan in the UEFA Champions League have been scored away from home – at the Giuseppe Meazza, the Argentine has only scored once in six appearances in the competition.

wins(4) draws(1) defeats(1)

MILAN – With the news that Diego Armando Maradona had passed away in the afternoon, it was never going to be a joyful evening. The loss of an inimitable footballing genius has shaken the football world, filling it with sadness. The stage to honour the great Argentine champion was a cold and silent San Siro, the setting of Inter vs. Real Madrid, a vital game on the Nerazzurri’s European journey. 22 years ago today, a goal from Zamorano and a Baggio brace secured a win for the Nerazzurri against the then European champions. Tonight, history didn’t repeat itself. Quite the contrary in fact. This evening’s match was a difficult and painful one: Real comfortably ran out 2-0 winners to place Inter’s hopes of qualifying for the last 16 in jeopardy.

It was an uphill battle from the very start: with just five minutes on the clock, the away team were awarded a penalty for a foul by Barella on Nacho in the box. Hazard stepped up to score the spot-kick, and Inter had begun in the worst way imaginable. It was a goal which brought a sense of calm to Zidane’s side. With Real having taken to the pitch in a 4-2-3-1 formation, Ødegaard, who lined up in front of the deep-lying midfielders Modric and Kroos, was looking assured, while Hazard and Vazquez were proving to be a real threat to the Nerazzurri defence.

Inter didn’t have any answers, with the Spaniards producing an almost faultless display in the opening half an hour. In the 13th minute, Vazquez hit the post with a right-footed snapshot, while Mendy inexplicably chose to roll the ball across the box when through on goal four minutes later. Inter were struggling to make any sort of inroads into the Real Madrid half, with Zidane’s side passing the ball around with quality and confidence and not giving anything away. Courtois was a spectator, Inter were on the rocks.

And then there was a decisive blow on the 33-minute mark: Vidal went down in the area following a coming together with Varane. Frustrated that the referee hadn’t awarded a penalty, the Chilean protested to such an extent that the match official brandished two yellow cards. Inter were down to ten men.

After the restart, Conte tried to shake things up, bringing on D’Ambrosio and Perisic for Bastoni and Lautaro. Inter switched to a 4-4-1 formation and initially did well for the first 15 minutes of the second half, playing with purpose and pride. But just when there looked to be something in it for the Nerazzurri, Real struck again: Zidane brought on Rodrygo and, 32 seconds later, the Brazilian finished off Vazquez’s assist via a deflection off Hakimi to make it 2-0 (it's been registered as an own goal by UEFA).

With half an hour to go, and with the Nerazzurri two goals and a man down, the game was all but over. To their credit, Inter didn’t collapse, but a miracle wasn’t forthcoming. Hazard came close to making it 3-0, while Perisic fired narrowly off target and then forced Courtois into a fine stop with 82 minutes on the clock.

With Borussia M. managing to overcome Shakhtar once again, tonight’s 2-0 defeat could prove costly. The Germans now sit on eight points at the top of Group B, with Real Madrid following closely behind on seven. Shakhtar have four, two more than Inter, who have picked up two points from four games. Mathematically, it’s still possible for the Nerazzurri to qualify, but there will have to be a very favourable set of results for them to do so.

INTER 0-2 REAL MADRID

INTER (3-4-1-2): 1 Handanovic; 37 Skriniar, 6 de Vrij, 95 Bastoni (33 D'Ambrosio 46'); 2 Hakimi (7 Sanchez 63'), 23 Barella, 5 Gagliardini (12 Sensi 78'), 15 Young; 22 Vidal; 9 Lukaku (24 Eriksen 86'), 10 Lautaro (14 Perisic 46').

Substitutes: 35 Stankovic, 97 Radu, 13 Ranocchia, 36 Darmian, 44 Nainggolan. 
Coach: Antonio Conte.

REAL MADRID (4-2-3-1): 1 Courtois; 2 Carvajal, 5 Varane, 6 Nacho, 23 Mendy; 10 Modric, 8 Kroos; 17 Vazquez, 21 Ødegaard (14 Casemiro 58'), 7 Hazard (20 Vinicius 78'); 24 Mariano Diaz (25 Rodrygo 58').
Substitutes: 13 Lunin, 26 Altube, 11 Asensio, 12 Marcelo, 22 Isco, 32 Chust, 34 Hugo Duro.
Coach: Zinedine Zidane. 

Goalscorers: 7' Hazard (RM) (pen.), 59' Hakimi OG (I)
Bookings: Gagliardini (I), Sensi (I).
Sent off: Vidal 33' (double booking for dissent).
Added time: 2' - 2'.

Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Assistants: Gary Beswick (ENG), Adam Nunn (ENG)
Fourth Official: David Coote (ENG)
VAR: Stuart Attwell (ENG)
VAR Assistant: Lee Betts (ENG)

starting lineups

Handanovic 1 1 Courtois
Skriniar 37 2 Carvajal
de Vrij 6 5 Varane
Bastoni 95 6 Nacho
Hakimi 2 23 Mendy
Barella 23 10 Modric
Gagliardini 5 21 Odegaard
Vidal 22 8 Kroos
Young 15 17 Vazquez
Martínez 10 24 Mariano Diaz
Lukaku 9 7 Hazard

substitutes

Radu 97 13 Lunin
Stankovic 35 26 Altube
Sanchez 7 11 Asensio
Sensi 12 12 Marcelo
Ranocchia 13 14 Casemiro
Perisic 14 20 Vinicius
Eriksen 24 22 Isco
D'Ambrosio 33 25 Rodrygo
Darmian 36 32 Chust
Nainggolan 44 34 Hugo Duro

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