Back to back wins for Los Blancos over the Nerazzurri. This keeps Real Madrid within a point of surprise leaders Borussia Monchengladbach who hammered Shakhtar 4-0. It did not take long for Madrid to take the lead at the Giusseppe Meazza.Nacho was clipped by Barella just when he was about to pull the trigger in the 5th minute of the match.Eden Hazard made no mistake from the spot. Antonio Conte set up his favorite 3-5-2 formation here but this structure definitely has weaknesses especially if the opposition has dynamic wingers. Lucas Vazquez nearly doubled the advantage on 17 from his right wing position.
The in-form Romelu Lukaku skied a free kick on goal when crossing would have been a better option on 25 minutes. On the plus side this is a sign of confidence when your main striker wants to get involved in every set play.Arturo Vidal’s reputation for being a hot head was underlined with a red card on 33 minutes for remonstrating with ref Anthony Taylor from England about a penalty decision which was not given. I have noticed that English referees are especially strict when it comes to dissent,a culture abhorred by the English FA. Real Madrid took full advantage of the extra man in the 59th minute with good play again on the right wing. Hazard with a peach of a cross finished off by Rodrygo.
Croatian Perisic had the best chance of equalising on 70 minutes but his attempted curler went wide. Real Madrid worthy winners and have recovered well from the shock defeat to Donetsk on match day 1.