Real Madrid substitute Rodrygo struck an 89th-minute winner to grab a 1-0 Champions League group-stage victory away to Inter Milan on Wednesday, punishing the wasteful Italians for lacking a string of possibilities.
The Brazilian met a cushioned move from fellow alternative Eduardo Camavinga and volleyed house within the dying minutes as Carlo Ancelotti’s facet triumphed towards their main rivals for prime spot in Group D.
“It is a very important victory, very difficult, very complicated. A complete performance even though I saw mistakes. The team had a good attitude,” Ancelotti stated.
“My team knew we had to suffer and suffer we did — I liked that a lot. This team does not have only quality, it has commitment and that is the most important thing.”
For Inter, it was a painful conclusion to a sport they dominated for lengthy stretches however the hosts couldn’t discover a well past on-form goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who produced a number of essential saves.
Real are second within the group behind Moldovans Sheriff Tiraspol, who shocked Shakhtar Donetsk with a 2-0 win on their event debut and journey to Madrid subsequent, whereas Shakhtar and Inter will look to get their first factors on the board once they meet in Ukraine.
“Real and Inter are the 2 favourites for the group however now we have taken the benefit with this win. Nobody anticipated Sheriff to beat Shakhtar. You have to at all times watch out,” Ancelotti told Amazon Prime.
Inter and Real were already familiar with each other after sharing a group last season, when the Spanish side twice triumphed, but both teams were starting this European campaign under new coaches, Real with Ancelotti and Inter with Simone Inzaghi.
The Italian champions started on the front foot and soon threatened when Edin Dzeko had a shot saved by the legs of Courtois, an early sign of what would prove to be a theme of the night.
Real struggled to cope with the aggression of the hosts and were second best before the break, thanking Courtois again for diving to stop a Lautaro Martinez header and beating away another Dzeko effort.
The Spaniards had soaked up 14 shots by halftime and they kept coming after the break, when Courtois produced the save of the night by clawing a close-range Dzeko header off the line.
Real grew into the game as Dani Carvajal stung Samir Handanovic’s palms with a shot and Vinicius was twice blocked by Milan Skriniar in dangerous positions, and Rodrygo’s late strike gave them the three points.
“We deserved a lot more. But if you don’t score goals it is difficult to win,” Dzeko stated.
“We had our possibilities. Courtois was superb, and us much less so, on sure alternatives, however you may’t lose a sport like this.”
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