MILAN – There's not long to go until Inter vs. Real Madrid, scheduled for Wednesday 25 November at 21:00 CET at San Siro. This will be matchday four of the UEFA Champions League in Group B, an important showdown for both teams when it comes to continuing their European journey.
GROUP B: TABLE AND CALENDAR
The Nerazzurri sit on two points, after their two draws in the first two matchdays and the defeat in Madrid, while Los Blancos are currently on four points. The teams will play at San Siro already aware of the result of Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. Shakhtar Donetsk, which is also scheduled for 18:55 CET on Wednesday in Germany.
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Matchday Four - Wednesday 25 November
18:55 Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. Shakhtar Donetsk
21:00 Inter vs. Real Madrid
Matchday Five - Tuesday 1 December
18:55 Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Real Madrid
21:00 Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. Inter
Matchday Six - Wednesday 9 December
21:00 Inter vs. Shakhtar Donetsk
21:00 Real Madrid vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach
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STATE OF PLAY: INTER AND REAL MADRID
After the international break, Inter beat Torino 4-2 in a lively match at San Siro. Real Madrid, however, drew 1-1 against Villarreal: Mariano Diaz scored a goal for Los Blancos, before Gerard Moreno equalised.
After eight matchdays, Antonio Conte’s side are currently in fifth place in Serie A with 15 points. Real Madrid, after nine games played, have picked up 17 points and are in fourth place.
Inter’s last five matches:
Inter 4-2 Torino
Real Madrid 3-2 Inter
Inter 2-2 Parma
Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Inter
Real Madrid’s last five matches:
Villarreal 1-1 Real Madrid
Valencia 4-1Real Madrid
Real Madrid 3-2 Inter
Real Madrid 4-1 Huesca
Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-2 Real Madrid
PREVIOUS ENCOUNTER: EXACTLY 22 YEARS AGO AT SAN SIRO
This fixture is scheduled for 25 November, which is the exact date of the last encounter between Inter and Real at San Siro. On 25 November 1998, at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Inter beat Real by three goals to one. It was a magical night, and you can read about a night containing Roberto Baggio’s touches and magic here. Fabio Galante also played on that night: in an interview, he described to us the pre-match and the actual game, an unforgettable evening.
There have been 16 previous matches between Inter and Real Madrid, with a perfectly even head-to-head record: seven Nerazzurri wins, two draws and seven wins for Los Blancos. In the seven previous encounters at San Siro between Inter and Real Madrid, the Nerazzurri have won five times and drawn twice.
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Listen to "EURO NIGHTS Ep. 02 | Maratón especial, Inter-Real Madrid" on Spreaker.
TRIVIA AND COACHES
Achraf Hakimi will be coming up against his former team on Wednesday. He joined the Spanish giants at just eight years of age and became involved in the First Team in 2017. He made a total of nine appearances and scored two goals in La Liga and played twice in the Champions League, a competition he won with the club.
Of the current Inter squad, there have been two unforgettable opponents for Real Madrid: Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal. Both these players faced Real Madrid in La Liga while playing for Los Blancos’ bitter rivals Barcelona. Arturo Vidal’s record against Real with Barcelona was W3 D2 L1; in October 2018, he scored a goal in a 5-1 victory at Camp Nou. Sánchez scored three goals in thirteen games with Barcelona against Real Madrid, with a record of W5 D4 L4.
As for the coaches, Antonio Conte and Zinedine Zidane were teammates when playing for Juventus from 1996 to 2001. Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard (Belgian internationals, together with Courtois) played together in 2013 for Chelsea.
INTER VS. REAL MADRID ON TV: LIVE ON SKY AND INTER TV UPDATES
Here is the Inter TV schedule ahead of the UEFA Champions League match. The game will be broadcasted live on Sky Sport.
REFEREE: THE ENGLISHMAN, TAYLOR
Anthony Taylor (born in 1978), will referee Inter vs. Real Madrid. The Englishman has refereed three Nerazzurri matches in Europe, with the Nerazzurri winning two of those games and drawing one. The last Inter fixture he refereed was last summer in the round of 16 in the Europa League, in a 2-0 victory over Getafe. The other two matches were: Inter 2-0 Borussia Dortmund (Champions League, 23 October 2019), Inter 0-0 Saint-Étienne (Europa League, 23 October 2014).
Taylor has refereed once for Real Madrid: 3-0 victory for Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League group stage last season.
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Linesmen: Gary Beswick (ENG), Adam Nunn (ENG)
Fourth Official: David Coote (ENG)
VAR: Stuart Attwell (ENG)
VAR Assistant: Lee Betts (ENG)