Sergio Ramos celebrates scoring with his Real Madrid teammates, (c) UEFA Champions League Facebook.

5 talking points from a crucial Real Madrid win over Inter Milan

Real Madrid defeated Inter Milan 3-2 in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday evening to claim their first win of the competition this season.

Real Madrid added their first three Champions League points of the season on board at the expense of a winless Inter Milan side. A thrilling European affair saw Zinedine Zidane get the better of his former teammate Antonio Conte by a 3-2 margin at the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium. Having been in the bottom half of the table, both sides were desperately looking to win.

Karim Benzema opened the scoring in the first half with his fourth goal in three matches within a week. Sergio Ramos soon added a second, thanks to a lovely header from a Toni Kroos minute. Lautaro Martinez pulled a goal back before half-time and set up Ivan Perisic in the second half to make it 2-2, but Rodrygo Goes scored the winner 10 minutes from time.

Here are five talking points from a much-needed win for Los Blancos.

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REAL MADRID HAVE TO DEFEND A LOT BETTER

Los Merengues have now conceded seven times in three Champions League outings this season. For a side that finished as the best defence across Europe’s top five leagues last season, the numbers are far from ideal, let alone for one which is expected to go all the way in the competition year after year.

Shakhtar Donetsk, Borussia Monchengladbach and Inter Milan only needed a direct ball over the central defenders to score their goals. Against sides like Bayern Munich, Juventus and Manchester City for instance, the Whites will end up conceding many more and the defensive frailties are a problem that Zizou must fix.