Real Madrid 2-0 Inter: Player rating

5

Real Madrid overtook Inter to secure the top spot in Champions League Group D on Tuesday night at the Santiago Bernabeu.

It was a first half of high quality, when two giants in the European game went head to head in a dignified environment. Vinicius Junior saw a shot deflected just outside the post within two minutes, before Inter began to impose themselves and Marcelo Brozovic’s excellent half-volley effort bounced up to the top of the net at the other end.

Nerazzurri took some control of the game, and Ivan Perisic saw his own volley blocked by Dani Carvajal. However, Toni Kroos gave the hosts the lead towards the game five minutes later, collecting a pass from Rodrygo on the edge of the penalty area, moving the ball over to his weaker left foot and shooting the ball sharply over Samir Handanovic and into the bottom. corner.

Perisic and Rodrygo hit the post at each end on each side of Luka Jovic who lifted the ball into the side netting on goal when he might have done better. Rodrygo had another chance due to halftime, but he also smashed his shot into the side of the goal.

Nicolo Barella rejected an excellent chance to equalize shortly after the break, leaned back and blazed over from inside the penalty area. Jovic was then close to doubling the lead for Los Blancos and forced a good save from Samir Handanovic ten minutes into the second half.

The match ended in practice as a competition shortly after the hour. Barella hit Eder Militaos after the defender eased him into advertising, and the Italian national team player received a straight red card after a VAR review.

Real Madrid were much improved after the break and deservedly doubled their lead when substitute Marco Asensio thumped an unstoppable effort into the post with just over ten minutes left after Rodrygo had come close again.

Inter barely patterned anything in the second period, blocking a Milan Skriniar header that was straight at Thibaut Courtois.

The result means that Real Madrid wins Group D, while Inter qualifies for the last 16 of the Champions League as second.

This is how the players rated …

Eder Militao clashes with Nicolo Barella / Angel Martinez / GettyImages

Thibaut Courtois (GK) – 6/10 – Barely tested throughout.

Dani Carvajal (RB) – 7/10 – Avoided an early penalty call after withdrawing Nicolo Barella. Crucial block to stop Perisics volleyball.

Eder Militao (CB) – 7/10 – Kept his pass correctly and won many duels. Booked in the event where Barella was fired.

David Alaba (CB) – 6/10 – Not to his usual standard, but not tested that often.

Ferland Mendy (LB) – 7/10 – Solid night work, win five duels.

Toni Kroos shot home expertly / Angel Martinez / GettyImages

Casemiro (DM) – 7/10 – Nice dummy in the run-up to Kroos’ strike. Went through a lot of work before I finally became subbed.

Toni Kroos (CM) – 8/10 – Wonderfully taken goal, unexpectedly moved the ball to the left before he shot in the corner. Provided a pass to Rodrygo, but he could not finish.

Luka Modric (CM) – 7/10 – Nothing too flashy but kept things ticking over with real ease against top resistance.

Rodrygo could have had a hat trick / OSCAR DEL POZO / GettyImages

Rodrygo (RW) – 6/10 – Could have had a hat trick, hit the post, side netting and Handanovic’s right glove. Got an assist, but he was a bit wasteful overall.

Luka Jovic (ST) – 7/10 – Worked really hard and dropped deep to collect the ball. Should have scored in the first half, forced a good save in the second.

Vinicius Junior (LW) – 7/10 – Planted a shoot just outside within two minutes. The kid is an incredible dribbler, causing constant problems, even if he ended one of them with a dive. Sent late.

Eduardo Camavinga (CM) – 6/10 – Neat and tidy from the bench.

Federico Valverde (CM) – N / A

Marco Asensio (RW) – 7/10 – From the bench to make an absolute beamer.

Mariano Diaz (ST) – 5/10 – Missed a very good opening when he was surprised.

Eden Hazard (LW) – N / A

Alessandro Bastoni performed well / Soccrates Images / GettyImages

Samir Handanovic (GK) – 6/10 – No chance with any of the goals. But made a good save from Rodrygo.

Danilo D’Ambrosio (CB) – 5/10 – Switched to fullback and received a warning after half time. Not their best option there.

Milan Skriniar (CB) – 6/10 – Very accurate in the pass but lost too many battles. Headed a late chance straight at Thibaut Courtois.

Alessandro Bastoni (CB) – 6/10 – Decisive intervention to cut out a long ball to Jovic. Solid but often unable to get close to Real’s roaming playmakers.

Nicolo Barella dismissed / Angel Martinez / GettyImages

Denzel Dumfrieds (RWB) – 5/10 – Lucky to avoid a penalty call after dangling a leg in front of Vinicius. Reduced at half time, no game.

Marcelo Brozovic (DM) – 6/10 – A couple of decent early efforts from the range. Hooked when his influence waned around the hour.

Nicolo Barella (CM) – 2/10 – Horrible night. Missed a really good chance at the beginning of the second half before he was shown straight red after a VAR review after striking out against Militao.

Hakan Calhanoglu (CM) – 6/10 – Five important passes and kept things correct, but subbad for rest after half time.

Ivan Perisic (LWB) – 7/10 – Always such a threat, but perhaps forced to more defensive work than he had wanted. Inter’s best player.

Edin Dzeko Held at Arm’s length / Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno / GettyImages

Edin Dzeko (ST) – 5/10 – Had a nodded chance before being subbed shortly after the break.

Lautaro Martinez (ST) – 5/10 – Kept very quiet. Subbed with the side down to ten.

Federico Dimarco (CB) – 6/10 – Nothing to report.

Arturo Vidal (DM) – 6/10 – Surely added a little bite in midfield.

Alexis Sanchez (ST) – 6/10 – Buzzed about but could not make a difference.

Matias Vecino (CM) – 5/10 – Presence gave no real odds against a superior midfield.

Roberto Gagliardini (CM) – 5/10 – See: Matias Vecino

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