Inter get a huge advantage in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals as they beat Benfica 2-0. The hosts were the heavy favorites for this game, but Inter showed why they deserve to be in the final eight. The Nerazzurri played one of their best games of the season to beat the unbeaten Portuguese side. Considering Inter’s recent form and their poor away record, it was a big achievement and will give them confidence for the second leg.
Inzaghi decided to bring the duo of Dzeko and Lautaro back in attack. While Brozovic was back in the midfield replacing Asllani. Both the teams were looking to press high, but Inter were more cautious. Grimaldo was a threat from the left and gave Benfica a chance in the opening minutes with his enticing cross. But Rafa Silva could not place his shot as it went straight to Onana.
The Nerazzurri could not create any substantial chance in the first half. Inter were struggling to find the final pass in the final third as Dzeko looked isolated, but they kept Benfica out of their own box and went to halftime on level terms.
Barella and Lukaku help Inter to beat Benfica 2-0
Inter had a bright start to the second half as Bastoni received a ball in space and rushed forward. The Italian defender picked up the run of Barella in the box and provided a pinpoint cross. Barella got away from his marker and placed his header in the bottom corner. The Italian defender had a great game, as he kept the lead intact by making a crucial clearance from Mario’s cross.
Inter were still creating big chances, but Vlachodimos made a couple of crucial saves. Dumfries’ header was powerful and going in, but the Greek keeper went down in time to save it. Inzaghi brought some fresh legs as Lukaku, Correa, and Gosens were brought on.
Inter got a penalty after the VAR check showed that Dumfries’ cross touched the former Nerazzurri midfielder Joao Mario’s hand in the box. The Belgian striker stepped up to give Inter a vital two-goal lead. Inter also managed to keep a clean sheet after four games.