2 minutes: It’s a slightly poor start, with Benfica looking to build from the left-back position, losing it, winning it again, but then sweeping downfield and winning the first corner of the night. Fouled by Ramos in the penalty area when the ball is headed in and Inter can clear. It seemed as if the defender had bought him.
First Half Kick-Off!
Benfica kick off. here is my. Can they do it?
Teams are in the tunnel! There are also match officials. Football is not far away.
Michael Owen and Peter Crouch Indulging in some touch-screen analysis in the BT Sport studios as we prepare to kick-off. I have to admit, I’m not really listening.
Here is Paul Wilson’s match report Madrid since 2010, when Inter beat Bayern Munich in the final to lift the Champions League. Was that team a well-drilled defensive unit, or what? Pure Mourinho.
Clinging to Valencia for a moment, I’ve always wanted to go to the Mestalla. They’ve been talking about scrapping it for years but (thankfully) there seems to be little progress on that front.
I’ve been to San Siro years ago, but never for a match – only for a tour. which was good
Last month I was lucky enough to attend Atalanta vs Udinese and Juventus vs Freiburg in the space of a week. Coincidentally, the two tickets were about 70 Euros combined.
From textbook pre-match material Inter’s English Twitter:
,Couple from Valencia hook up tonight,” emails Harriet Osborne. “Just imagine what could have happened if Guedes had not been languishing on the Benfica bench, struggling with Wolves, but partnering Cavani in Valencia’s attack…”
as the panic spreads And as Todd Bohly and Behdad Eghbali work out how to repair the damage they have done over the past year, the biggest mistake Chelsea’s beleaguered owners can make is to delude themselves that astonishing over-achievement and under-achievement The weather is not their fault.
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Here is the match report From last week – Benfica 0-2 Inter, ie.
Chelsea, now officially downgraded from Crisis Club to Comedy Club, may well hire Bayern Munich reject, Julian Nagelsmann. Jacob Steinberg reports:
over on channel 1Scott Murray got Bayern Munich vs Manchester City:
Meanwhile, Daniel Gallen is here blogging the WSL encounter between Manchester United and “The” Arsenal:
Keep it here though for Inter v Benfica, obviously,
referee of the night There is Carlos del Cerro Grande – coincidentally the man on the whistle in the weekend’s defeat by Sevilla at Valencia’s Mestalla, which kept the once mighty club firmly in the bottom three, and staring down the barrel of relegation. Here’s Sid Lowe:
good news for benfica – Also we expect to see an exciting conclusion to this two-legged tie for the neutral ones – is that Inter have been rubbish at home lately. They have lost their last three league matches at the San Siro and have failed to score in those games as well. Most recently they lost 1-0 to Monza on Saturday. they are rotten in fifth place in Serie A, 24 points behind leaders Napoli.
Nerazzurri are unchanged from the first leg, which took place eight days ago, while there is one change for Benfica, with former Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi returning from suspension and coming into the starting side for Morato, who is on the bench .
international: Onana, Darmian, Acerbi, Bastoni, Dumfries, Barela, Brozovic, Mukhtaryan, Dimarco, Martinez, Dzeko. substitute: Handanovic, Gagliardini, De Bruynes, Goossens, Coria, Bellanova, Aslani, Kalhanoglu, Kordaz, D’Ambrosio, Carboni, Lukaku.
Benfica: Vlachodimos, Gilberto, Silva, Otamendi, Grimaldo, Florentino, Chiquinho, Rafa Silva, Joao Mario, Orsanes, Goncalo Ramos. substitute: Lucas Verissimo, Neres, Goncalo Guedes, Tengstedt, Schjelderup, Ristic, Soares, Moses, Andor, Gomes, Neves, Morato.
Ref: Carlos del Cerro Grande (Spain)
What are Benfica’s chances of reversing last week’s 2-0 home defeat by Internazionale in tonight’s Champions League quarter-final second leg? Not by much, but they probably have more hope than Chelsea of converting that same scoreline against Real Madrid last night.
Inter, perhaps, have a little more motivation than usual, knowing that tonight’s progress sets up a semi-final against their city rivals, Milan, who were superb in attack and defense as they beat Serie A leaders, Napoli, 2- Was kicked out – 1 overall last night.
A Milanese last-four clash is certainly a mouth-watering prospect, but that said, it looks like this season’s competition has been a little light on the drama. For the neutral among us, could this be the night when competition bursts into life? Team news and much more to come.
Kick-off: 8pm BST