The Serie A outfit finished second in Group C, behind Bayern Munich and ahead of Barcelona, to set up a tie with the Portuguese champions, who secured top spot in Group B.
Inter Milan play host to FC Porto in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League last-16 tie at San Siro on Wednesday night. The Serie A outfit finished second in Group C, behind Bayern Munich and ahead of Barcelona, to set up a tie with the Portuguese champions, who secured top spot in Group B. Both sides are heading into the match on the back of victories in their respective league-fixtures on Sunday. The hosts secured a 3-1 Serie A win over Udinese, while Porto edged past Rio Ave 1-0 in the Portuguese top flight.
The night of the clash.
Clash of legends.
🐍🆚🐉#InterPorto #UCL pic.twitter.com/M0ArXSwqpB
— Inter (@Inter_en) February 21, 2023
Inter finished their group stage in Europe with three wins, one draw and two defeats in six outings. Both their defeats came against Bayern, while Simone Inzaghi’s side edged past Barca 1-0 in the home leg, before playing out a thrilling 3-3 draw at Camp Nou. Nerazzuri thrashed Viktoria Plzen 4-0 in their final group match to seal second spot. Meanwhile Inter have been in stunning form since the turn of the year, having lost just once in their last 11 games across all competitions in Italy. Inter are currently sitting at the second spot in the Italian top flight standings with 47 points to their name, fifteen adrift of leaders Napoli. Last time out, Inzaghi’s side defeated Udinese, courtesy of Ronelu Lukaku’s opener from the penalty spot, and second-half efforts from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Lautaro Martinez. It was their 15th top flight victory of the season.
Porto, on the other hand, are also occupying second position in the Portuguese Primeira Liga table, having collected 51 points from 21 matches, five adrift of leaders Benfica. Toni Martinez’s lone goal helped Dragoes secure a narrow 1-0 win over Rio Ave in their last outing. Meanwhile, when it comes to the Champions League, the Blue and Whites started off with back-to-back defeats in their opening two games, before winning each of their next four to progress as group-winners, ahead of Club Brugge, Bayer Leverkusen and Atletico Madrid. Sergi Conceicao’s side defeated Atletico 2-1 in their final group-match, thanks to first-half efforts from Mehdi Taremi and Stephen Eustaquio.
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Apart from Joaquin Correa, the rest of the Inter squad is fit and ready to go for Wednesday’s game. Inzaghi is likely to opt for a 3-5-2 formation, with Lukaku and Martinez partnering up front. Hakan Calhanoglu, Nicolo Barella and Marcelo Brozovic might form the midfield-trio, with Denzel Dumfries and Dimarco occupying the flanks. As for Porto, the likes of Evanilson, Fabio Cardoso, Gabriel Veron and Francisco Meixedo are sidelined with injuries. Iran international Taremi is set to lead the line, alongside Namaso.
Inter Milan probable line-up: Onana, Skriniar, Bastoni, Acerbi, Dumfries, Barella, Calhanoglu, Brozovic, Dimarco, Lukaku, Martinez
Porto Probable line-up: Costa, Mario, Pepe, Carno, Sanusi, Franco, Eustaquio, Grujic, Pepe, Taremi, Namaso
|AC Milan||1-0 (W)|
|Rio Ave||1-0 (W)|
|Sporting Lisbon||1-2 (W)|
|Academico Viseu||0-1 (W)|
|Last 5 match-results||Score|
|Inter beat Porto||3-2|
|Inter beat Porto||2-1|
|Porto beat Inter||2-0|
|Inter beat Porto||3-1|
|Porto draw Inter||1-1|
The UEFA Champions League match between Inter Milan and Porto will take place at San Siro on Thursday at 1:30 am IST.
|Inter Milan vs Porto||Key Details|
|Date||February 22 (Italy)|
|Kickoff time in Italy||9:00 pm (Wednesday)|
|Kickoff time in Portugal||8:00 pm (Wednesday)|
|Kickoff time in India||1:30 am (Thursday)|
The live telecast of the UEFA Champions League Matches in India is available on the Sony Sports network. Fans will also be able to watch the match on Jio TV and Sony Liv. Besides, the match between Inter Milan and Porto can also be seen on Amazon Prime Video in Italy. Meanwhile, those in Portugal can catch the live action through TVI network and Eleven Sports 1 Portugal.
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