The Dutchman struck the only goal of the game and said afterwards: "They are three most important points. I believe that we played very well.

"It was a very hard game, mainly due to us playing with ten men. But we showed how you fight as a team.

"My goal? I do not know if it was the best I've scored, but for me it was the most important since I came here."

Real teammate Arjen Robben added: "Sneijder's goal was incredible. But it didn't surprise me because he is a fantastic player."