Internazionale and Real Madrid have convincingly secured the knockout phase in Group D of the Champions League. The clubs will duel for the group win in the last round on December 7.
Earlier in the evening, Inter recorded a well-deserved 2-0 win over the poorly playing Shakhtar Donetsk and then depended on a Real Madrid win at FC Sheriff to be sure of wintering in the billion-dollar ball.
The Madrilenians did not give up with a 3-0 win in Moldova and thus also took revenge for the surprising 2-1 home loss against Sheriff in September.
Razor-sharp Dzeko helps Inter
It was Edin Dzeko who claimed the leading role at the much stronger Inter by scoring within six minutes after the break. The Bosnian scored in the 61st minute after a deflected ball and moments later headed in at the far post after a fine ball from Ivan Perisic.
The 2-0 was his fiftieth European goal for the now 35-year-old Dzeko. The Bosnian, who came to Inter last summer to succeed the departed Romelu Lukaku, has ten goals and three assists this season after eighteen matches.
Inter coach Simone Inzaghi did not grant Denzel Dumfries any playing time and was unable to call on Stefan de Vrij. The central defender suffered a hamstring injury for the Dutch national team last week.
Real after one half on roses
Real Madrid was already on roses in Tiraspol after one half. David Alaba made it 0-1 with a deflected free kick and Toni Kroos made it 0-2 in the first half stoppage time with a shot from under the crossbar.
Captain Karim Benzema scored the 0-3 for Real in the 55th minute with a bang in the corner, which marked the game.