- September 15, 2021
- Posted by: Kinglsey Africabettingnews
- Category: UEFA
Group D has always been termed the group of death most times, it usually consists of strong ties, therefore, making it a tricky group to be in a football context. Last night’s encounter was no different with the two strongest of the group locking horns, sincerely, the fixture was a blockbuster and it was action-packed as both teams battled to the last whistle.
Los Blancos came into the game with a boost of confidence have defeated Celta Vigo 5-2, with their number 9 Karim Benzema in fine form leading the Madrid attack. Karim Benzema scored a hattrick, while Vinicius Jr., and new signing wonder kid Camavinga sharing one to themselves.
The group consisted of FC Sheriff, Real Madrid, Inter Milan, and Shaktar Donetsk. The star match for the night Inter home to Madrid, Los Blancos were the visiting the team. Los Blancos started with a 4-3-3 formation, while the Nerazzuri’s were up against them with a 3-5-2 formation, with Lautaro pairing up Edin Dzeko upfront in a two-man attack formation, while Karim Benzema, Vinicius Jr., and Lucas Vazquez led the attacking trio for Madrid.
Simone Inzaghi had this to say about Madrid’s in a build-up towards the game,” They’re obviously very well-organized. We’ve analyzed their first four games this season. Ancelotti’s teams have a great attacking play but they’re also very well set up in defense. They can punish you at any time.”
“Carlo is one of the most successful coaches ever. I’ve had the chance to talk football with him in the past. He gets his teams really well-organized, so we’ll need to produce the perfect performance.”
To be fair Inter Milan did put on a perfect performance as they played like it was a World Cup final, though they met a big resistance with the compact Madrid defense. Ancelotti with a formation that is discipline and watertight made it difficult for the Nerazzurri’s. The fans were certainly entertained and totally in support of the home team as they thundered chants from the stands, and that boosted the morale of the players.
The first 45mins saw both sides lock horns and a stalemate was born. Both teams shared the spoils, despite the countless number of attacks from both teams, no goal was recorded.
Federica Valverde was the star man for Real Madrid in the middle of the pack in combination with Casemiro, Valverde intercepted and marshaled the midfield, making it difficult for Inter to penetrate.
Karim Benzema had a point-blank chance to put Marid ahead in the 18′ minute but the shot was blocked by the undying Inter defense. Inter Milan Lautaro also came close to heading home the ball in the 19′, but Courtois made a superb save to deny the Argentine a goal. Before that, Lautaro fired a low parallel ball in the 6′ that was also blocked.
Ivan Perisic equally came close in the 16′ with a header that went wide in what was a night of attacking football to the excitement of the fans and the viewers at home. The Nerruzari’s fans heart was broken in the 89′ minute when the new signing wonder kid Eduardo Camavinga was introduced alongside Rodrygo, the introduction of the duo changed the course of the game.
The dagger to the heart happened in the 89′ minute when Federico Valverde exchanged passes with Camavinga, the latter ran into box eighteen and Valverde chipped the ball over the Inter defense, Camavinga cleverly did a square jab into the waiting hands of Rodrygo. The Brazilian did not hesitate with a low drive volley that beat Smir Handovic completely to put Madrid ahead, the goal sent a cold chill across the stadium, because the fans knew quite well, if there were to be a winner, it was supposed to go to the home team because of all their effort. That moment of loss in concentration cost them the well-deserved 3 points or at worse a draw.
The outcome of the match leaves Inter in the third position in Group D, FC Sheriff is on 3points, a point they share with Real Madrid, and both standing in first and second position.