It happened at the Camp Nou, in the two duels against him Inter de Milan, in Seville and again before him Borussia Mönchengladbach. The Whites were far superior to the Germans and achieved a comfortable victory that was not a thrashing by bad fortune.
Of course, the result (2-0) is enough to achieve the goal that had been set at the beginning of the season, that of going to the round of 16 as group leaders, something that paves the way a lot in the round of 16.
Madrid was at stake in what was probably the most important game for the whites in a long time and the team got its best version from minute 1.
Absolute concentration, order behind and in the middle and a pressure that suffocated the Germans, who took a world out of their field and create opportunities. The whites were patient, with Kroos starting and an exalted Modric at the controls in the offensive zone and also had the luck of face, because on his first arrival the goal that opened the scoring arrived. A precise center of Lucas Vazquez from the right head hooked Karim Benzema to get a perfect header that slipped into the German goal.
The goal did not relax Zidane’s men, who continued with their marked roadmap. Nothing to lower the piston, had to look for the second. Of course, the ‘Gladbach began to be seen, first with a shot of Thuram that Courtois he got rid of as best he could, and then with the best German chance. A Lucas loss sent Borussia mounting a swift counterattack and Plea he stood alone before the Belgian goalkeeper. Luckily, the French forward stung too cross and wasted the great opportunity.
It was not, yes, more than an isolated error of a concentrated and dominant Madrid that continued to generate chances until Rodrygo picked up a ball from the right, took a center that they would have signed Míchel or Beckham and Benzema only had to put his head to score the second goal for the whites.
The Madrid team was unleashed, with Modric in a trance. The Croatian crashed a ball into the post in the 38th minute, after a stoppage of Sommer, and then culminated a move of genius that he himself had initiated with a magical cut. His shoe slipped through the square, but there was a prior offside of Varane and the goal was canceled.
The passage through changing rooms did not appease Real Madrid. The danger was relaxation and the white team did not fall into it, knowing how much was at stake and that two goals left them eliminated from the Champions League, no less. Another move by Rodrygo was finished off by Benzema again with his head but this time Sommer guessed his intentions.
Plea, the most active player of the Germans, threatened a couple of times, but without the goal being close, while it was almost a miracle that the third did not fall for the Madridistas. A Kroos kick he forced Sommer to make a popcorn, while Vinícius chose to pass when he had everything in favor to shoot the Swiss goalkeeper after a great action by Benzema in a counter.
Real Madrid was totally unleashed in what was undoubtedly their best game of the year. A measured pass from Kroos with his left foot finished it off Sergio Ramos with a header for Sommer to shine, and then Benzema in the rebound slammed the ball off the crossbar.
Lucas’s great game He almost got his well-deserved award in a shot from the Galician after a great pass from Benzema, but luck was not on the white side again and the shot crashed into the post.
Zidane pulled Asensio and the youth squad Arribas before the numerous casualties and Madrid then decided to sleep the game. Much more touch and no risk against a German team totally incapable of creating any danger. The ticket for the round of 16 was in his pocket and also as first of the group after the goalless draw in the other match between Inter Milan and Shakhtar Donetsk.