Rodrygo helps Actual rekindle the hopes of the final 16
Real Madrid increased their chances of reaching the Champions League knockout round after a late substitute Rodrygo winner took a 3-2 home win against Inter Milan in a thrilling Group B clash on Tuesday.
The result left Real, winners of a record 13 titles in Europe's leading club competition, with Shakhtar Donetsk on four points, one point behind leaders Borussia Mönchengladbach and two points ahead of Inter.
Real had thrown away a two-goal lead and were flirting with a loss that would have put more pressure on manager Zinedine Zidane before the Brazilian duo of Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo teamed up to save the day.
Chances were good either way before Karim Benzema put the home team in the lead in the 25th minute, rounded goalkeeper Samir Handanovic and shot home after a terrible back pass from Real & # 39; s former full-back Achraf Hakimi.
The hosts appeared to be cruising after 33 minutes when Sergio Ramos scored his second goal – his 100th goal for the club in all competitions – but Lautaro Martinez pulled one back for Inter two minutes later thanks to great support from Nicolo Barella.
Real were shaken when Ivan Perisic equalized in the middle of the second half and shot a close-range shot into the far corner after Martinez headed the ball into the Croatian's crotch.
Inter then missed two gold-rimmed chances when Martinez shaved the outside of the post with a shot from the edge of the field, and shot Perisic to rubble with Real's defense.
The Italians were punished for their mistakes, however, when Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, drawn into battle together by Zidane just before Inter leveled, brought the winner out of a lightning-fast break.
Vinicius Junior raced away from his marker on the left flank and shot the ball back at Rodrygo, who hit Handanovic with an unstoppable shot from 10 yards into the top corner.
Inter now under pressure to change their fortunes mid-group stage, hoping to have striker Romelu Lukaku back for the second leg on November 25 after the Belgian striker missed the game with a thigh injury.
Vinicius rises with his group wide open
Analysis by Sky Sports & # 39; Ben Grounds:
This was previously described as a cup final for both sides – and it didn't disappoint the drama. Real was right at the bottom. And in their history they have never failed to reach the Champions League group stage.
Zidane's side had played four games without a win in the competition, but it seemed like they'd finish that run with relative ease when Ramos doubled the hosts' lead after 33 minutes. It's never easy for Real these days as they almost wrenched a draw from the jaws of victory.
Inter roared back through Martinez and Perisic to make the level up, but then Real's two substitutes combined a sweeping winner. For Vinicius, it was a moment of redemption a week after he was apparently estranged from his teammate Karim Benzema.
Benzema was caught on camera telling Ferland Mendy not to join the Brazilian in the 2-2 draw against Mönchengladbach, but it was his support that allowed Rodrygo to head home – a welcome demonstration of Zidane's sense of leadership .
- Real Madrid have won seven of their eight home games against Inter Milan in European competition (L1) and have won the last six each.
- Real Madrid have conceded more than two goals for the second time (also in 2001) in five consecutive UEFA Champions League games.
- Only Lionel Messi (70) and Cristiano Ronaldo (63) have scored more group stage goals in the UEFA Champions League than Karim Benzema (49).
- Sergio Ramos scored his 100th goal at Real Madrid in all competitions, 55 of which were at the top.
- Since the beginning of last season, only Robert Lewandowski (11) and Serge Gnabry (6) have scored more away goals in the UEFA Champions League than Lautaro Martínez (5) from Inter Milan.
- Rodrygo had a direct hand in eight goals (5 goals, 3 assists) in eight UEFA Champions League games for Real Madrid.
Champions League recap
Bayern Munich came from behind to crush RB Salzburg 6-2 with two goals from Robert Lewandowski on Tuesday, who extended the record in the Champions League to 14 games in a row and led the group by five points after three games.
Bayern, who won five titles including the Champions League in 2020, went back just four minutes when Mergim Berisha went completely unmarked in the penalty area to beat goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
Bayern recovered immediately and Serge Gnabry cleared his shot from the line before top scorer Lewandowski scored a penalty in the 21st minute.
Salzburg defender Rasmus Kristensen converted a Thomas Müller cross into his own net a minute before the break.
The hosts approached an equalizer right after the restart, but Neuer reached out for Enock Mwepu's shot to turn him wide. However, the Bayern goalkeeper was beaten in the 66th minute when Masaya Okugawa shot the Salzburg level.
Despite a number of chances for the home team, it was FC Bayern who scored another strong goal. Jerome Boateng scored a 79th-minute header from Joshua Kimmich's corner and Leroy Sane scored a perfectly curled shot four minutes later.
Lewandowski headed his second goal in the 88th and Lucas Hernandez drilled a sixth goal in stoppage time to bring Bayern in Group A to nine points ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid.
Elsewhere, Atletico Madrid were held to a 1-1 draw at Moscow locomotive After home goalkeeper Guilherme made a series of excellent saves to keep the Russian side chasing a round of 16.
Center-back Jose Gimenez gave Atletico an 18th-minute header from 13 yards after a centimeter-wide cross from Hector Herrera, one minute after Guilherme blocked a shot from Saul Niguez.
The home team equalized on the 25th after a long VAR check for Herrera handling the ball in the penalty area, and Anton Miranchuk sent Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak in the wrong direction with a perfect free kick.
The result put Atletico second in the group with four points from three games, two behind Bayern Munich, who later played away against Salzburg on Tuesday. Locomotives have two points and Salzburg have one.
Gladbach& # 39; s remarkable 6-0 win Shakthar Donetsk leaves group B wide open. Striker Alassane Plea scored a hat trick to take over from them at the front.
They doubled their lead nine minutes later after Plea's opener when Christoph Kramer's shot from outside the area was deflected by Valeriy Bondar to send Shakhtar goalkeeper Anatoliy Trubin in the wrong direction. A Plea missile from 25 yards put the game behind the hosts before Ramy Bensebaini added a fourth a minute before half-time.
Lars Stindl made the most of a Trubin mistake to give his team a 5-0 lead in the 65th minute before Plea beat the offside trap to complete his hat-trick with a good finish.
Meanwhile, Liverpool beaten up Atalanta 5-0 and in the same group, Ajax scored after 47 seconds as they shook off the interrupted preparations against Denmark Midtjylland 2-1 for their first win.
Brazilian striker Antony scored the first goal in the first minute. Skipper Dusan Tadic met the other when Ajax finished second overall with four points after three games.
Anders Dreyer scored the first goal for the Danish rookies in the group stage, but remained down with no points.
Manchester City went over to a 3-0 victory Olympiacos and postage beat Marseille After the same result, the French club have recorded a record defeat in the Champions League for the 12th time in a row and Andre Villas Boas' team is about to be eliminated.
Moussa Marega, Sergio Oliveira with a penalty and Luis Diaz came to an end while Dimitri Payet missed an early penalty for Marseille. The result meant that Porto stayed second with six points, three behind City.