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Tuesday 18 December 2018

Ranieri steers Inter to Moscow victory

IN GROUP B, Inter Milan hit back after their opening defeat by Trabzonspor to win 3-2 at CSKA Moscow, while Real Madrid made it two wins from two matches in Group D with Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and Karim Benzema scoring in a 3-0 win over Ajax.

Bayern Munich lead their group, with six points, after their victory over Manchester City, followed by Napoli, who beat Villarreal 2-0, on four points. City are third with one point while the Spaniards are without a point.

Inter Milan, the 2009-10 champions, earned their first points in Group B as new coach Claudio Ranieri's dream start to the job continued.

Tempo

Mauro Zarate scored the late winner to give Ranieri his second victory since taking over from sacked Gian Piero Gasperini, the other victory coming in last weekend's league game against Bologna.

"I think we beat a very good team tonight," said Ranieri, whose side had led 2-0 at one stage. "We played well, passed the ball well and also controlled the tempo."

Inter are in second spot with three points, one behind Trabzonspor who drew 1-1 at home to Lille.

Inter's former manager Jose Mourinho enjoyed a straightforward evening as nine-times European Cup winners Real cruised past Ajax to take control of Group D.

Ronaldo gave them the lead in the 25th minute at the Bernabeu, before Kaka and Benzema struck either side of half-time.

Madrid lead the group by two points from Lyon, who have four thanks to their 2-0 win at home to Dinamo Zagreb.

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