Goals:FC_Porto – Internazionale – Played on 03/14/ 2023
Inter snatched a valuable draw against Porto, without goals, in the match that was held today, Tuesday, at the Dragao Stadium, in the second leg of the Champions League round of 16.
With this tie, the Nerazzurri qualified for the quarter-finals of the competition, taking advantage of their 1-0 victory in the first-leg match at Giuseppe Meazza Stadium.
Porto tried to enter the match in the best way, and in the third minute, Uribe fired a powerful shot from a distance, which was touched by goalkeeper Onana and passed by the post for a corner.
The Inter players lost the ball under pressure, and it reached Cardoso, who passed it to Antunes to shoot a creeping ball from the edge of the area, which Onana blocked.
Inter’s response came quickly in the 22nd minute, as Barella launched a quick counterattack, passing it to the left side of Dzeko, who fired a powerful shot with his left foot, goalkeeper Costa excelled in banishing it.
Porto striker Mahdi Tarmi came close to scoring the lead goal, after the ball reached him inside the area uncontrolled by the Inter defense, to fire a powerful shot that passed near the goal.
Amid great pressure from the Porto players, the Portuguese team succeeded in extracting the ball to reach Grujic, who prepared it well for Evanilson, to fire a powerful shot, defender Dimarco’s brilliance in turning it into a corner in the 40th minute.
Lautaro penetrated from the right side into the area, and fired a powerful shot from a difficult angle, which was blocked by goalkeeper Costa in the first minute of time, instead of lost time for the first half.
At the same start of the first half, Porto entered the second half of the match looking to score a goal, and after two minutes had passed, a cross ball came inside the Nerazzurri area, Dumfries scattered it with his head, to be met by Uribe with a one-touch shot directly that passed over the Inter crossbar.
Italian star Barella, the middle field of Inter, responded with a missile from a distance, but it passed by Costa’s goal outside the stadium.
In the 70th minute, Inter coach Simone Inzaghi made two substitutions at once, with Dzeko and Dimarco leaving, to push Lukaku and Di Ambrosio. On the other hand, Porto coach Sergio Conceicao pushed for a double substitution as well, with Franco and Martinez going down instead of Antunes and Evanelson.
Inter got a free kick in the 80th minute, which Calhangulu crossed into the area, and the defense wrongly dispersed it to hit the side netting of Porto’s goal.
In the 90 + 3 minute, substitute Tony Martinez missed the opportunity for a goal for Porto, after a cross ball met by Grujic with a header inside the area, which Martinez followed with a scissor kick that passed near the goal.
In the 90 + 5 minute, Denzel Dumfries, the back of Inter, saved a goal from the goal line, after a shot from Marcano went past Unana.
Seconds later, Tarmi followed up with a cross with a header that Unana brilliantly saved to hit the right post, then the attack was renewed and ended with Grujic’s header that hit the crossbar.
In the last minute of the match, Pepe, the Porto player, received the second yellow card after a strong intervention on Mkhitaryan, to leave the stadium with a red card, before the referee blew his whistle announcing that the Nerazzuy had qualified for the quarter-finals.