Real Madrid needed a performance and they’ve delivered in what has been a classy first half showing. Anthony Taylor has played a big part in it. He correctly awarded a penalty for a foul on Nacho which was dispatched by Hazard for his first Champions League goal for Madrid before Taylor then brandished two yellow cards within seconds to dismiss Vidal, who was furious when he felt he was fouled in the box.
Much better this from Inter. An increase in tempo is pushing Real deeper. Vidal buys a soft foul off Modric about 20 yards out. Martinez strikes the loose ball over the crossbar, so the referee brings the play back for the foul.
PENALTY APPEAL..NOT GIVEN! Inter surround the referee. Vidal dribbles into the area and goes down under a challenge from Varane. He’s adamant he’s been fouled and almost squares up to Antony Taylor.
It’s just his third goal for the club! And he’s first in the Champions League. Just what the doctor ordered for the former Chelsea man who scores against his former boss. A confident penalty, into the corner.
SHOT! Good interchange down the right from Real. Hazard wriggles inside the box and tests Handanovic with a drive but the goalkeeper is equal to it.
Arturo Vidal is one of three players to have been sent off for three different clubs in the Champions League (Inter, Bayern Munich and Barcelona), along with Patrick Vieira and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The teams are separated by Hazard’s earlier strike from the spot. Real good value for their lead.