Inter 0-1 Real Madrid: Brazilian star substitute Rodrygo Goes grabs late winner for Carlo Ancelotti’s side in tight encounter as Simone Inzaghi’s men rue missed opportunities
- Real Madrid defeated Inter 1-0 in their opening match in the Champions League
- Brazilian Rodrygo Goes, 20, scored the Madrid winner in the 89th minute
- Both teams created several chances, but Inter didn’t let theirs count
Carlo Ancelotti left Eden Hazard on the bench and turned instead to 18-year-old Eduardo Camavinga and 20-year-old Rodrygo Goes, and the young substitutes won together for Real Madrid in the 89th minute against Inter Milan.
Simone Inzaghi’s side had chance after chance at Giuseppe Meazza, but Thibaut Courtois kept them at bay and when the wily Ancelotti made attacking late substitutions but overlooked Hazard, his master plan paid off.
Rodrygo snapped at Camavinga’s excellent muffled assist from Fede Valverde’s clever pass and it was 1-0 so late that Inter had no time to react.
Real Madrid take a crucial 1-0 win at Inter in their opening match in the Champions League
Brazilian young star Rodrygo Goes (right), 20, scored the only goal in the 89th minute
Rodrygo’s goal record in the Champions League is outstanding. He has seven in 17 appearances. “I like playing and scoring in the Champions League,” he said after the win.
Inter had all the early chances, but Courtois saved from Lautaro Martinez and Edin Dzeko. Casemiro tested Samir Handanovic from afar and Eder Militao headed wide from a corner as Madrid grew in the game, but the first half ended with a beleaguered goal from Courtois.
Marcelo Brozovic’s shot grazed the far post of the Belgian keeper, after which he blocked a cross from Nicolo Barella. Three minutes before half time, Dzeko threatened again and Courtois again fired the shot.
Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was busy as Marcelo Brozovic’s strike grazed the post
Madrid’s best hope was Vinicius on the counter, but he and Karim Benzema were isolated on the attack, far from a Madrid midfield where Casemiro and Lucas Vazquez seemed overwhelmed at times.
The pattern of play did not change after the break and Courtois had to save Madrid again by cleverly moving to the right to save Milan Skriniar’s towering header.
Vinicius was still Madrid’s best breakaway and his left wing run and cross ended with Benzema holding back Dani Carvajal, whose effort was pushed.
Denzel Dumfries went for Inter and he sprinted past Vinicius, but his cross was blocked by David Alaba. Vinicius got his own back on Dumfries who swung past him on the other side before being ousted.
Inter-substitute Denzel Dumfries sprinted past Brazilian Vinicius, who later got his own back
The Brazilian’s next penetrating point forced a corner, but it came to nothing. Madrid had brought in Rodrygo and he was also an immediate threat on the counter as Ancelotti tried to take the pressure off his defence.
With three minutes to go, Vinicius could have won on a pass from Benzema, but the excellent Milan Skriniar slid in to block his shot.
The Inter centre-back didn’t deserve to end up on the losing side, but with 60 seconds of normal playing time ahead, Vinicius’ Brazilian team-mate struck and Madrid had won their first Champions League group stage match of the season.