The hosts were put under pressure by Inter in the first half, but Ancelotti’s side maintained their cool and only grew in confidence after Kroos’ first-half goal put them ahead.
Inter were humbled by Barella’s red card before Madrid’s substitute Asensio sealed the victory.
Madrid’s victory ensured that they finished comfortably first in Group D, winning by five points. Sheriff finishes third, three points ahead of Inter.
Since losing to Moldova in September, Madrid has made significant progress. This season, don’t rule them out of making a deep run in the Champions League.
Madrid and Inter have both advanced to the round of 16 of the Champions League, with Madrid receiving a little softer draw. Inter came in second place, but they’ll be a difficult opponent for whoever they face next.
“I think the team will go home with the feeling of having done our homework. We’re thrilled to be top of the group. We played a fantastic match and generally speaking we deserved to win. Now we’ll rest up and prepare for Sunday’s match,” says Dani Carvajal.