Inter Secure Passage To UCL Last Eight
Written By Jacobs Dunga
The Italian giants have now joined their city rivals in the quarter finals of this year’s competition.
Inter Milan played out a goalless draw away to Porto at the Estadio Do Dragao in Portugal to earn a place in the last eight with a 1-0 aggregate win.
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The Italians had laboured to a slim victory in Italy in the first leg before completing the job in Portugal.
It was as expected a tensed affair at the Portuguese capital city of Lisbon as Simone Inzaghi and his men secured the needed result to go through.
A cagey first half that saw little openings soon escalated into a rush of chances in the second half with most of those falling to the home side.
Inter showed grit and character in holding off the assault from the two time champions on the night.
A string of saves by the impregnable Andre Onana and a goal line clearance by Denzel Dumfries coupled with some resolute defending from the whole of the team were why Inter needed in a frantic last fifteen minutes of the game.
It could have gone either way as Porto threw everything at the game but unfortunately couldn’t find the needed cutting edge.
Inter are now the second Italian team to qualify for the last eight following AC Milan’s dumping of Tottenham Hotspur in the same fashion.
Inter had not gotten to this stage since the 2010/2011 season where they lost scandalously to Schalke 04.
There could be up to three Italian teams in the quarter finals with Napoli billed to take on Eintracht Frankfurt on Wednesday with a 2-0 first leg advantage.
This is the first time since the 2005/2006 season that the Milan neighbours have both qualified for the last eight.
It is also the first time since the 2009/2010 season that inter Milan have progressed from a Champions League knockout fixture without conceding over the two legs.
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Erling Haaland in the other quarterfinal game of the night became the third player in the history of the UCL to score five goals in a single game following Luiz Adriano for Shakhtar Donetsk in 2014 and Lionel Messi for Barcelona in 2012.
Haaland reached the 30 goal mark against RB Leipzig thus becoming both the fastest and the youngest player to achieve that feat.
Manchester City also equalled their biggest win in the competition on the night following their 7-0 victory scoreline, the same marching as against Schalke 04 in 2019.
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