MADRID – Karim Benzema’s two main teams helped Real Madrid reach the knockout stages of the Champions League with a 2-0 home win over Borussia Mਨnchengladbach on Wednesday, which also led them to the last 16.
Benzema led the way with a floss cross from Lucas Vazquez in the ninth minute and then got up to score again in the 32nd minute, this time with a cross from Rodrigo at the hands of Swiss keeper Jan Somer.
The German team was eliminated from the Spaniards but dropped out of Group B as Inter Milan beat Shiktar Donetsk 0-0 at home in Group B.
Zinedine Zidane’s team topped the table with 10 points, while Gladbach finished second with eight. Shakhtar, who was ranked third, finished third with a head-to-head record, while Inter finished fourth with six.
Shakhtar’s shock defeat to Real last week threatened to disqualify him from his group’s record of qualifying for the last 23 years. Was important.
The visitors missed a great opportunity to dismiss Benzema’s opener when French winger Alassen Palia ran for the goal but was thwarted by Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and sent the ball wide.
Gladbach has scored 16 goals in his last five matches but was mostly blurred in attack and troubled by Cortois, who also missed a goal in the second half.
Madrid, meanwhile, were hungry for more goals and should have increased their lead.
Luca Modric went on strike in the first half while Benzema saved a third title through Somer and then broke a shot from under the bar, while Vazquez later attacked the post.
Once the final whistle blew, Gladbach’s players walked around on a smartphone to watch the final minutes of the inter-match against Shakhtar, and when that match ended up sending them through the skin of their teeth, they erupted in joy.