In a Group D Champions League football match, Real Madrid beat Inter Milan 2-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday.
Toni Kroos and Marco Asensio scored to allow Los Blancos finish confirm top spot in UEFA’s Champions League Group D.
Kroos put Madrid ahead in the first half with a fizzing left-footed strike. And substitute Asensio added a second goal, late on, after Inter’s Nicolo Barella had to quit the pitch.
Due to this 2-0 finish, Real Madrid have won five times out of six in Europe so far this season.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side thus now end the group stage on 15 points, five ahead of the second-placed Inter Milan.
So, both will be in the draw for the round of 16 on Monday.
Madrid kicked off this match knowing that even just a draw here would be enough to top the group. However, they faced Simone Inzaghi’s in-form Inter who hadn’t lost since October, but without a visit to Bernabeu since 2020.
Champions League Football Match – Real Madrid Beat Inter Milan 2-0
The first chance of the match, just two minutes in, fell to Vinicius Junior. The Brazil winger shot wide after Luka Modric found him in space on the left.
Inter threatened after that, midfielder Marcelo Brozovic went close twice from distance before Dani Carvajal blocked Ivan Perisic’s goalpost-bound shot.
Instead, Kroos opened the scoring for Real in the 17th minute with his second Champions League goal of the season. He shot past Samir Handanovic from outside the box, before Inter could respond.
In reaction, though, Lautaro Martinez and Perisic came close to scoring but each shot over the bar instead.
On the other hand, Luka Jovic, who had replaced the injured Karim Benzema, shot a strike into the side netting. Also, Rodrygo hit the post and skewed a shot wide before half time.
After the break, too, Barella wasted a promising break, shooting wildly off target, before Casemiro headed over from a corner.
Jovic tested Handanovic from a narrow angle and Casemiro saved a low shot as Real Madrid continued to create opportunities.
Inzaghi made a triple change by introducing Arturo Vidal, Alexis Sanchez and Matias Vecino.
But Inter’s hopes of a comeback couldn’t survive with just ten men – Barella received a red card for clashing with Eder Militao.
Asensio scored the second in the 79th minute, curling in off the woodwork from just inside the box, to secure the three points.