Ramos hits 100th goal for Real Madrid
NEWS DIGEST – Sergio Ramos scored his 100th goal for Real Madrid as his side clinched a dramatic 3-2 victory over Inter Milan in their Champions League clash.
Rodrygo came off the bench to score the winner for Los Blancos in a pulsating encounter, as Zinedine Zidane’s men finally claimed their first victory in Group B.
Both sides came into the game looking for their first win of the competition, with Real Madrid propping up the group with just a point from two games and Inter in third following back-to-back draws.
Los Blancos raced into the lead with two goals in eight first half minutes, Karim Benzema pouncing on Achraf Hakimi’s dreadful back pass to dink the ball over Samir Handanovic and finish into an empty net, before Sergio Ramos headed in from Toni Kroos’ corner delivery for his landmark goal.
In the absence of the injured Romelu Lukaku, Ivan Perisic partnered Lautaro Martinez in the visitors’ attack, and it was the latter who halved the deficit just two minutes later, with the Argentine grabbing his first goal in six games, slotting past Thibaut Courtois from Nicolo Barella’s sensational flicked assist.
Inter deservedly drew level with 68 minutes on the clock, Perisic firing past Courtois with a lovely left-footed shot and the Nerazzurri had chances to win it, with the Croatian and Martinez firing agonizingly wide on the counter as Real threw caution to the wind in search of the winner.
With the game ebbing and flowing, Real proved more ruthless, with Zidane’s substitutes combining to take all three points in the 80th-minute, Vinicius Junior picking out Rodrygo, who lifted an unstoppable shot into the top corner.
Victory moves Real into third, level on points with Shakhtar Donetsk, who were thumped 6-0 by leaders Borussia Monchengladbach. Inter, meanwhile, are now bottom with just two points.