Real Madrid have finally booked their first victory in the Champions League group stage. The Spanish top club won the top match against Internazionale on Tuesday with 3-2. Title holder Bayern Munich defeated Red Bull Salzburg 2-6.
Bayern strikes in the final phase in Salzburg
Real Madrid had only collected one point after the first two group duels. After a surprising 2-3 home defeat against Shahkhtar Donetsk, a tight draw (2-2) against Borussia Mönchengladbach followed.
Against Inter, where Stefan de Vrij was in the base, the team of trainer Zinedine Zidane was on the ball. After 25 minutes, Karim Benzema took advantage of a wrong pass back, eight minutes later Sergio Ramos made it 2-0 with his 100th goal for Real.
A beautiful action by Nicolò Barella heralded Inter’s comeback. The midfielder gave the assist to Lautaro Martínez’s connection goal in the 33rd minute with his heel, after which Ivan Perisic made it 2-2 halfway through the second half. Substitute Rodrygo secured the victory for Real with a nice swipe ten minutes before the end.
In the same group B, Borussia Mönchengladbach also did excellent business. The Germans booked a sensational 0-6 victory at Shakhtar Donetsk. The Frenchman Alassane Pléa scored three times.
Borussia Mönchengladbach is in the lead with five points from three matches, followed by Shakhtar Donetsk (4). Favorites Real Madrid and Internazionale are currently on the wrong side of the line with three points.
Luis Suárez gets yellow for looking over the referee’s shoulder at the VAR screen. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Bayern Munich remains in group A even after three games without losing points. The winner of the last edition had his hands full with Red Bull Salzburg for a long time, but eventually won with large numbers: 2-6.
Bayern fell behind in Austria after four minutes, but thanks to a used penalty from Robert Lewandowski, things were put in order before half time (1-2). After Masaya Okugawa’s equalizing goal in the 66th minute, the Germans could still lose points.
In the final phase, the surplus of Bayern’s class was still reflected. With four goals in twelve minutes – from Jérôme Boateng, Leroy Sané, Lewandowski and Lucas Hernández – coach Hans-Dieter Flick’s team even worked hard on the goal difference.
Atlético Madrid is second in the group at an appropriate distance from Bayern Munich. The losing finalist of 2014 and 2016 came out at Lokomotiv Moscow no further than a draw: 1-1.