MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid boosted their hopes of reaching the Champions League knockout stages after a late winner by substitute Rodrygo gave them a 3-2 home victory over Inter Milan in an absorbing Group B clash on Tuesday.

The result left Real, winners of a record 13 titles in Europe’s premier club competition, level on four points with Shakhtar Donetsk, one point behind leaders Borussia Moenchengladbach and two ahead of bottom placed Inter.

Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos gave Real a 2-0 lead inside 33 minutes before Lautaro Martinez and Ivan Perisic hauled Inter level at the Alfredo Di Stefano stadium, Real’s training ground and the home of their reserve team.

Inter then missed a pair of gilt-edged chances before Real’s Brazilian duo Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo carved the visitors open with a lightning break in the 80th minute, the latter driving an unstoppable shot into the top corner.

(Writing by Zoran Milosavljevic; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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