Another minor miracle in Madrid: defiantly savior Rodrigo revived Real’s Champions League hopes

The Brazilian winger came off the bench to knock out the winner in Inter’s dramatic 3–2 defeat at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium.

Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid has developed a useful habit of drawing small miracles.

Tuesday night against Inter, however, he did not have an unexpected defender in Rodrigo Gos, who produced a fatal finish to give Los Blancos a 3–2 Champions League crucial victory at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium.

Brazil’s last Champions League goal came nearly a year ago, in December 2019, and their last strike in any competition was in the Copa del Rey defeat in February by Real Sociedad.

The young winger was ripped off with a hat-trick against Galatasaray in the Champions League last season, but it quickly became a pinnacle, which he failed to get close to reaching again during the remainder of the 2019-20 campaign.

Zidane relied on him for his impressive maturity – certainly relative to his compatriot Vinicius Jr. – but Rodrigo lacked dynamic and aggressive thinking and helped Madrid emerge from a slowdown in their creativity at the end of last season.

Marco Asensio, Vinicius and even Lucas Vazquez worked in order to overtake Rodrico, so his stunning strike not only revived Madrid’s troubled Champions League campaign but also his prospects at the capital club.

There are still places for graves in this Madrid team, with Zidan searching for an early XI he can count on.

On the day of the match and the defeat by Shekhar Donetsk with Borussia Monchengaldbach last week, Madrid’s fragility was exposed and meant that they badly needed a win in favor of Antonio Conte’s own clash.

Having seen Hazard’s stunning performance against Hezka on the weekend – his first goal in a year for the club – Zidan inadvertently got caught in the Belgian attack.

Even though he is rarely fit enough to start, his presence is felt every time he plays Madrid – they are missing the attacking talent of his description.

Madrid have shocked everyone by winning the title last season due to blood, sweat and Barcelona’s VAR tears, screaming for someone who could give them a chance to play differently. Hazard’s return to fitness – for a sustained period of time – can be significant.

Along with his own intimidation, his presence means that the defender cannot focus only on turning down Karim Benzema, Madrid’s best player of the last two years, bar captain Sergio Ramos.

In fact, Acharf Hakimi forgot all about the French striker as he played a shocking back-pass that left his former Madrid teammate with a goalkeeper Sameer Handanovic.

Benzima left the Slovenian all around and threw the ball into an empty net for his second goal of the European campaign and finished fourth in three matches in all competitions.

Ramos doubled Madrid’s lead from Tony Crosse’s corner, pushing his effort down and into the far corner, making Handanovic reach the spot. The Madrid captain now has 100 goals and leads to such impeccable finishing.

Sergio Ramos Real Madrid Inter 2020

Inter would complain that both of Madrid’s goals came after playing a subtle foul, with Ferland Mendy’s push over Halemi upsetting the defender as he made his failed back-pass, while Casemiro’s block on Stephen de Vries was cynical and He gave Ramos a free header.

The visitors kept fighting, however, and pulled back a goal after a sensational back-flick by talented midfielder Niccolo Barella, leading to a clinical strike by Lutaro Martinez, which did no harm to his future Barcelona prospects on the night . In fact, Argentina also scored Inter’s equalizer with a header en route to Ivan Perisic, which ended well.

Due to his impressive comeback, the visitors took control of the game at that level and were looking for a winner, with Martinez attacking the post and Perisic flashing inches wide of Thibut Courtois’ away post, but then Rodrigo Have you seen.

Vinicus’ low cross may have been destined for Benzema, but it fell at Rodrigo’s feet. For a second, the opportunity looked as if it had gone, as the defenders had stopped at the age of 19. Rodrigo gets his shot and goes to the top corner, leaving Handanovic with no chance.

Their goal and Madrid victory are by no means a defining moment for the player or club, but they are important.

Despite the win, Madrid still sit third in Group B. Despite the goal, Rodrigo is far from assured of a game over the weekend.

It is no surprise, then, that the teenager looks up to the sky after his subsequent winner. Both he and Zidan would feel that their prayers were answered on the night of another small miracle in Madrid.


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