Porto failed to recover from the 1-0 first leg against Inter Milan and were eliminated from the Champions League after the goalless draw at Estádio do Dragão. Colombian Matheus Uribe’s team, which was present from the beginning, was the one who took the initiative in the attack and had the clearest chancesbut he didn’t take advantage of it and in the end he had to settle for the equality that decreed his resignation from the competition.
With the need to quickly look for the goal that would equal the series, Porto left from the first minutes to take possession of the ball and take the initiative in the attack. The first to test Onana’s bow was the Colombian Matheus Uribe who, after two minutes, took a powerful shot from medium distance which went very close to the goalkeeper’s left post.
Porto continued to press and get dangerously close to Inter’s area when, at 19′, Stephen Eustáquio shot with his right foot, which Onana saved with great quality and without problems. The cariocas played on the court of the Italians who retreated in the rival attacks and bet on the counterattack in their offensive intentions.
In the last minutes of the first half, goal opportunities were rare, Porto did not come back dangerously close, as did Inter, who did not find their attacking references Lautaro Martínez and Edin Zeko, who were very far from the goal. The only option was the Bosnian who finished after a brief counterattack that goalkeeper Diogo Costa defended very well.
Inter holds and qualifies for the quarterfinals
The second half didn’t change much and Sérgio Conceição’s team came out with the same idea with which they started the game: to dominate possession of the ball, exert constant pressure and take the initiative in attack. Again Uribe tried again from mid-distance with a powerful shot that went very close to the right corner.
However, as the minutes went by, Inter gained confidence and attacked the hosts, creating several dangerous occasions that they were unable to materialize due to lack of ideas and definition. Meanwhile, Porto continued to attack, but the Italian team made a strong defense, accumulating men behind that did not allow the Portuguese to reach the goal, in addition Onana stood out by stopping several kicks, becoming the great figure of the match.
In the minutes of addition the stick twice denied him the goal that could mean the tie and the extra time for the extra time. Mehdi Taremi received a cross from the right sector that he could not find and hit the right post. Later, the home attack continued and Marko Grujić rose above them all to head in, but the crossbar prevented the Italian goal from falling. In the end there was no time for more, victory for the Italians who advanced to the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
with this tie Inter Milan advanced to the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in 13 years.The last time it reached this stage was in the 10/11 season, when it was eliminated by Shalke 04. Porto, in turn, said goodbye to the competition and will now focus on the Primeira Liga where it occupies second place with 55 points behind Benfica. This Sunday, March 19, he hopes to reduce the difference in his visit to Braga, on the 25th.
Romelu Lukaku (69′, Edin Dzeko), Danilo D’Ambrosio (69′, Federico Dimarco), Andre Franco (70′, Estevão Eustáquio), Tony Martinez (70′, Evanilson), Stefan de Vrij (73′, Alessandro Bastoni), Milan Skriniar (79′, Matteo Darmian), Marcelo Brozóvic (79′, Nicolò Barella), daniel namaso (84′, Mateus Uribe), wendell (84′, Zaidu Sanusi)
Referee: Szymon Marciniak
VAR referee: Tomasz Kwiatkowski, Bartosz Frankowski
darmian (32′, Yellow) dzeko (68′, Yellow) pepe (78′, Yellow) acerbi (89′, Yellow) Carpenter of Conceição (96′, Yellow) pepe (96′, Red)