With an easy win over Sheriff Tiraspol in Moldova, Real Madrid advanced to the Champions League knockout stage for the 25th year in a row. David Alaba scored the game’s first goal with a deflected free kick that beat goalie Giorgos Athanasiadis.
Before the halftime, Toni Kroos added a second, blasting in off the crossbar, and Karim Benzema made it three.
Real Madrid and Inter Milan, who overcame Shakhtar Donetsk earlier in the day, are both through with one game to spare.
The Italians won 2-0 as Edin Dzeko scored twice after the interval in a 2-0 win over Real Madrid in the final group game, with only the winner still to be chosen.
Carlo Ancelotti’s squad leads the group with 12 points, two more than Inter, despite losing the reverse leg against Sheriff.
Source: BBC Sport