Inter Milan are facing an early Champions League exit after a 2-0 defeat to Real Madrid, in a match they found themselves down to 10 men in after just 33 minutes, left them winless and bottom of their group with two games to play.
Eden Hazard, who has endured a difficult first year in the Spanish capital, scored his first Champions League for Los Blancos, and his first for anyone since November 2017, from the penalty spot in just the seventh minute to break the deadlock in the San Siro.
Then a moment of madness from Arturo Vidal saw Inter’s task become all the more difficult. Vidal went tumbling in the penalty area, but English referee Anthony Taylor was having none of it. Vidal chased Taylor down, earning himself a yellow card for his protestations, before then getting right in Taylor’s face, earning him a second booking in quick succession, with Vidal sent off after just 33 minutes.
And, with his very first touch, 32 seconds after coming off the bench, Rodrygo volleyed home a second just before the hour mark to put the game to bed, reinvigorating Real’s Champions League campaign, lifting them to second in Group B.