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FC Porto vs. Internazionale – Soccer Match Report – March 15, 2023 – ESPN

Inter Milan reached the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in over a decade after surviving a barrage of pressure at Porto to escape with a 0-0 draw that saw them 1-0 in the overall on Tuesday.

It was a disappointing night for the home fans in a sold-out Dragao stadium, as the Portuguese champions tried in vain to eliminate the narrow first-leg gap in Italy.

A disciplined Inter seemed content to maintain their lead and did not face a serious threat until added time.

So Ivan Marcano‘s effort was blocked on the goal line by Denzel Dumfries and headers of Mehdi Taremi and Marko Grujic he hit the post and bar, respectively, as Porto finally came to life.

Advocate Pepe He was then sent off for a second yellow card and Inter joined city rivals AC Milan in the quarter-final draw, the first time they had reached the quarter-finals since 2006.

With Napoli playing their home second leg against Eintracht Frankfurt on Wednesday with a 2-0 lead gained in Germany, Italy could also have three teams in the Champions League quarterfinals for the first time since 2006.

“We played an excellent game, the group remained compact and played a great game. Excellent first half. In the last part of the game we all suffered together, an honor for this group,” Inter coach Simone Inzaghi told Mediaset.

“In football, luck matters relatively. In the first leg we deserved to advance. Now we will play the quarterfinals with a lot of confidence”.

After picking up a hard-fought first-leg victory against a Porto team that went to Italy with an ultra-defensive game plan, Inzaghi took a careful approach that paid off as his players held the lead with a steadfast display.

They waited for their hosts to show their hand, but Porto never really made progress until it was too late.

Not until late, when coach Sergio Conceicao brought in Tony Martinez and Danny Namaso to put the triple up, made Porto throw everything at Inter in a play that almost worked in stoppage time when the stick derailed them.