With the 0-2 win in Portugal, Inter gained an excellent starting position and quickly became even better in the home match. Midfielder Barella broke free after 14 minutes and then fired the ball straight in with the cross: 1-0.
After that, Inter started to get worse, as they turned it into an art in the past. The Italians took their time in the game, stayed put, made mistakes and all other forms of time-wasting were avoided. But Benfica briefly got back into the game with a powerful header from Orsnes after a brilliant cross from Rafa Silva.
Goals rained down on Milan in the second half. The first to score was Lautaro Martinez, who simply ran in a cross from Demarco. Fifteen minutes later the score was 3-1. Still cold on the pitch, Correa curled the ball up and watched it bounce into the goal via the post.
The game was then played in its entirety. Inter entertained the fans by making some substitutions. Martinez received a standing ovation from the Italian audience. Benfica’s chance to continue offering a small business card. Antonio Silva scored with a header and Musa made it 3-3 in stoppage time.
Inter’s win in two matches puts them in the semi-finals against arch-rivals Milan. For the first time since 2002, the Derby della Madonnina is blue versus red. It’s going to be a tumultuous few weeks in Milan.
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