Real Madrid took a huge step in their quest to qualify for the Champions League last 16, following their comfortable 2-0 win over Inter Milan on Wednesday night.
The two teams went into the match looking for a win that could keep alive their flickering hopes of making it out of the group, after making slow starts to the season.
Zinedine Zidane's men got off the blocks first, and their first meaningful attack in the fifth minute resulted in a penalty following a rough tackle by Nicolo Barella.
In the absence of captain Sergio Ramos, who is Madrid's first-choice penalty taker, Eden Hazard took the responsibility and easily converted for a 1-0 lead.
Eden Hazard scores his first Champions League goal in over three years 😳 pic.twitter.com/vjGzAITB8l— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) November 25, 2020
It became a one-way affair from that point on, with Madrid's frontline consisting of Hazard, Lucas Vasquez and Mariano running rings around the Milan defence.
The hosts were then reduced to 10 men on the 33rd minute after Arturo Vidal was shown two yellow cards in a space of a minute, and was forced off leaving his teammates with a mountain to scale.
Madrid made their numerical advantage count in the second half as they extended their lead on the hour mark when substitute Rodrygo got to the end of a delicious chip by Vasquez to powerfully slot in from close range.
Rodrygo’s first touch >>>>> pic.twitter.com/aVPn1NdY3c— Sami (@Play_boySami) November 25, 2020
The win, their first at the San Siro, saw Madrid move to second on the standings on seven points, one behind leaders Borussia Monchengladbach, who won 4-0 at home against Shakhtar Donetsk.
Inter will now need to pick a huge win in their next match next week against Monchengladbach in order to keep alive their hopes.