Eden Hazard kept his head from the penalty spot and Arturo Vidal lost his, as Real Madrid won 2-0 in Milan to ease closer to the Champions League knockout stage.
Vidal has been sent off three times in his career in the Champions League and twice it has been against Real Madrid. On this occasion referee Anthony Taylor had little choice but to send the Chilean off with two yellow cards both for dissent.
Eden Hazard converted an early penalty – his first goal in the competition in three years – and Inter’s task was made all the more difficult when Arturo Vidal was sent off for dissent with 33 minutes played.
Madrid added a second goal through substitute Rodrygo’s volley to move a point behind Borussia Monchengladbach in second, with Inter five points worse off in fourth heading into the final two rounds of fixtures.
This was meant to be the biggest game of the season so far for Real Madrid but they had strolled through it without the injured Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema as well as Casemiro and Militao.
In other Champions League match, Bayern Munich made it four wins from four in Champions League Group A with a routine victory over Salzburg at the AllianzArena. Bayern sealed last 16 spot in Champions League.
Robert Lewandowski moved level with Raul as the Champions League’s third-highest scorer as Bayern Munich booked their spot in the last 16 with a 3-1 win over Salzburg on Wednesday.