Milan, 15 September 2021 – Cold shower for Inter debut in the Champions League. The Real Madrid passes on expiration with Rodrygo at the end of a well-played game by the Nerazzurri, blocked by Courtois, with a winning pot in the 89th minute. Very good Inter in the first half, a noticeable decline in the last twenty minutes with a Real that made better use of fresh strength from the bench. The same cannot be said of the Nerazzurri who have not found the necessary brilliance to hold up to the end.
Simone Inzaghi with the titolarissimi, is there Sticks behind, Lautaro and Dzeko in front. Ancelotti with Benzema, Vinicius and Lucas in the offensive trident. Real started putting their most experience on the pitch, but soon the performance of the merengues waned in the presence of the fast-rising Nerazzurri. First ring with a right of Dzeko at the end of an exchange with Lautaro, there is Courtois. Few things from Ancelotti’s men if not a right from outside housemiro which scares Handanovic. Then only Inter, and that Inter. Pressing and phrasing of quality, as happens at half time when the hosts arrive at the goal with three passes, too bad that the pumpkin of Lautaro is central. The hosts are in charge, and not a little. Final time in forcing, with Inter creating two clear scoring, first shot by Lautaro’s head just outside, then right by billiards by Brozovic that laps the pole. Courtois is safe, as is Ancelotti who is still zero to zero at half-time.
Real starts better but Inter are still very occasional at the start of recovery. From the corner of Calhanoglu the head of Dzeko, Courtois still responds present. Inzaghi tries to break through with fresh forces, inside Dimarco and Dumfries for Perisic and Darmian. The merengues are noticed with a left of Carvajal who calls Handanovic to intervene. At 65 ‘it is Correa’s turn in place of Lautaro, but contrary to the first half it is Real who express themselves better at distance thanks to the raids of Vinicius and at the entrance of Rodrygo. Very occasional Real in the 82nd minute, on a lopsided cross by Carvajal Vinicius comes out but Skriniar saves in the right position. It is a warning. Final at a more staid pace, with Inter more tired and less lucid in the setting phase, fortunately behind there is Skriniar to stop everything that passes by his side. But the great teams always manage to find the right hole, it happens in the 89th minute with a good initiative from Cavadinga who finds Rodrygo for the winning pot. There is no time to recover, the latest attack, even with Handanovic in the area, is in vain. Real who passes with the minimum effort and goes to the command with the Sheriff who beat De Zerbi’s Shaktar.
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