Real Madrid topped their group when for most of the group stage it looked unlikely they would make the last 16. This happened thanks to a brace from Karim Benzema. Inter Milan shockingly drew blanks at home to Shakhtar Donetsk to finish rock bottom after a frustrating goalless draw at the San Siro.
Benzema scored with only 8 minutes on the clock with a header from a Lucas Vazquez cross that gave Sommer no prayer.Borussia’s danger man Plea missed a golden chance to equalize on 24 minutes, pulling his shot wide after being put through ahead of the Real defence. I must say the quality of the crosses from the right wing by Los Blancos’s winger (Lucas) and full back(Rodrygo) was superb . The later delivering a peach to the head of Benzema again to double the advantage.On to the San Siro. Inter Milan can count themselves unlucky after Lantauro hit the crossbar after good work on the right wing by Barella in the sixth minute. Inter literally laid siege to the Shakthar goal mastering 20 shots at goal but heroic defending kept the scoreline blank.
Best chance of the game from Inter. Lukaku header in the 52nd minute turned away from goal by keeper Trubin, from a Brozovic freekick. When Shakthar did get the rare chance, Handanovic was in top form to repel them. With Real Madrid winning in Madrid against Borussia, both sides knew a win will send them through. As the clock ticked,chance after chance by the Nerazzurri passed by with no reward. One last chance for Inter fell to Eriksen in injury time. My man of the match, Trubin pushed the shot from the former Spurs man above his crossbar. Shakthar head to the Europa league again after the new year despite having the same number of points as Borussia. They go down due to the poor head to head record against the German side.Inter has got domestic football to look forward to after a disappointing campaign which will likely lead the top brass in the club to have a look at Antonio Conte’s position end of the season.