Inter 1 - 0 Benfica



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Oct 3rd 2023
2 MIN READING

The Nerazzurri beat the Portuguese side thanks to Thuram's finish


Marcus Thuram’s roar of delight. A goal that came about thanks to sheer determination, and it proved to be the winner. Inter emerged victorious against Benfica on matchday two in Champions League Group D and, in doing so, moved up to four points, level with Real Sociedad at the top.

Roared on by their fans, Inzaghi’s men produced an incredible second-half performance and certainly deserved to score more than one goal on a brilliant evening. The Nerazzurri hit the post and the bar through Lautaro and were thwarted by Trubin on numerous occasions. Inter chased and harried in a proud display where they displayed technical and mental strength in abundance. The group had to dig in a bit at the end, but there was no getting past Sommer and his teammates. Victory for us.

INTER 1-0 BENFICA

GOALSCORER: 62' Thuram (I).

INTER (3-5-2): 1 Sommer; 28 Pavard, 15 Acerbi, 95 Bastoni; 2 Dumfries (36 Darmian 72'), 23 Barella (14 Klaassen 91'), 20 Calhanoglu (21 Asllani 82'), 22 Mkhitaryan, 32 Dimarco (30 Carlos Augusto 82'); 9 Thuram (70 Sanchez 72'), 10 Lautaro. Substitutes: 12 Di Gennaro, 77 Audero, 6 De Vrij, 7 Cuadrado, 31 Bisseck, 49 Sarr. Head Coach: Simone Inzaghi.

BENFICA (4-2-3-1):  1 Trubin; 6 Bah (44 Araujo 22'), 30 Otamendi, 5 Morato, 14 Bernat (9 Cabral 79'); 87 Joao Neves, 10 Kokcu (33 Musa 68'); 11 Di Maria (13 Jurasek 79'), 8 Aursnes, 27 Rafa Silva (22 Chiquinho 68'); 7 Neres. Substitutes: 24 Soares, 45 Kokubo, 17 Gonçalo Guedes, 19 Tengstedt, 20 Joao Mario, 47 Antunes, 61 Florentino. Head Coach: Roger Schmidt.

Booked: Lautaro (I), Barella (I), Dumfries (I), Asllani (I). Added time: 2' - 5'

Referee: Makkelie (NED) Assistants: Steegstra, De Vries (NED) Fourth official: Lindhout (NED) VAR: Dieperink (NED) VAR assistant: Kajtazovic (SVN)

MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 03: Marcus Thuram of FC Internazionale celebrates after scoring their team's first goal during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and SL Benfica at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 03, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 03:  Federico Dimarco of FC Internazionale in action during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and SL Benfica at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 03, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 03:  Marcus Thuram of FC Internazionale competes for the ball with Morato and Nicolas Otamendi of SL Benfica during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and SL Benfica at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 03, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 03: Hakan Çalhanoğlu of FC Internazionale, in action, is challenged by Orkun Kökçü of SL Benfica during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and SL Benfica at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 03, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 03: Lautaro Martinez of FC Internazionale, in action, is challenged by Nicolás Otamendi of SL Benfica during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and SL Benfica at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 03, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 03: Denzel Dumfries of FC Internazionale, action, gestures during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and SL Benfica at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 03, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 03: Henrikh Mkhitaryan of FC Internazionale in action during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and SL Benfica at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 03, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 03: Federico Dimarco of FC Internazionale in action during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and SL Benfica at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 03, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 03: Francesco Acerbi of FC Internazionale  greets the fans during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and SL Benfica at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 03, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 03: Marcus Thuram of FC Internazionale in action during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and SL Benfica at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 03, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 03: Francesco Acerbi of FC Internazionale in action during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and SL Benfica at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 03, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 03:  Benjamin Pavard of FC Internazionale in action during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and SL Benfica at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 03, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 03: Alessandro Bastoni of FC Internazionale in action during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and SL Benfica at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 03, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 03: Lautaro Martinez of FC Internazionale in action during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and SL Benfica at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 03, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 03:  Henrikh Mkhitaryan of FC Internazionale competes for the ball with Morato of SL Benfica during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and SL Benfica at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 03, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 03:  Hakan Calhanoglu of FC Internazionale in action during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and SL Benfica at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 03, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 03:  Lautaro Martinez of FC Internazionale in action during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and SL Benfica at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 03, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 03:  Henrikh Mkhitaryan of FC Internazionale in action during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and SL Benfica at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 03, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 03:  Benjamin Pavard of FC Internazionale reacts during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and SL Benfica at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 03, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 03:  Lautaro Martinez of FC Internazionale in action during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and SL Benfica at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 03, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 03:  Head coach of FC Internazionale Simone Inzaghi reacts during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and SL Benfica at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 03, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 03:  Benjamin Pavard of FC Internazionale in action during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and SL Benfica at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 03, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 03:  Lautaro Martinez of FC Internazionale in action during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and SL Benfica at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 03, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 03: Davy Klaassen of FC Internazionale in action during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and SL Benfica at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 03, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 03:  Marcus Thuram of FC Internazionale celebrates with team-mates after scoring the goal during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and SL Benfica at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 03, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 03:  Marcus Thuram of FC Internazionale celebrates after scoring the goal during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and SL Benfica at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 03, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 03:  Head coach of FC Internazionale Simone Inzaghi reacts during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and SL Benfica at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 03, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 03:  Henrikh Mkhitaryan of FC Internazionale reacts during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and SL Benfica at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 03, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 03: Lautaro Martinez of FC Internazionale, in action, kicks the ball during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and SL Benfica at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 03, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 03: Kristjan Asllani of FC Internazionale, in action, kicks the ball during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and SL Benfica at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 03, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 03: Alexis Sanchez of FC Internazionale, in action, is challenged by Morato of SL Benfica during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and SL Benfica at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 03, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 03: Yann Sommer of FC Internazionale in action during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and SL Benfica at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 03, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 03: Lautaro Martinez of FC Internazionale in action during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and SL Benfica at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 03, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 03: Hakan Çalhanoğlu of FC Internazionale, in action, reacts during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and SL Benfica at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 03, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 03: Lautaro Martinez of FC Internazionale, in action, kicks the ball during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and SL Benfica at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 03, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 03: Lautaro Martinez of FC Internazionale, in action, gestures during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and SL Benfica at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 03, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 03: Marcus Thuram of FC Internazionale celebrates with teammates after scoring their team's first goal during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and SL Benfica at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 03, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 03:  Players of FC Internazionale celebrate the win at the end of the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and SL Benfica at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 03, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 03:  Players of FC Internazionale celebrate the win at the end of the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and SL Benfica at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 03, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 03:  Players of FC Internazionale celebrate the win at the end of the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and SL Benfica at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 03, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 03:  Players of FC Internazionale celebrate the win at the end of the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and SL Benfica at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 03, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 03:  Players of FC Internazionale celebrate the win at the end of the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and SL Benfica at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 03, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 03:  Players of FC Internazionale celebrate the win at the end of the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and SL Benfica at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 03, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 03:  Players of FC Internazionale celebrate the win at the end of the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and SL Benfica at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 03, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 03: Benjamin Pavard of FC Internazionale celebrates the victory at the end of the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and SL Benfica at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 03, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 03: Players of FC Internazionale celebrate the victory at the end of the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and SL Benfica at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 03, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 03: Head coach of FC Internazionale Simone Inzaghi supports Lautaro Martinez at the end of the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and SL Benfica at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 03, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Pistoia - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 03: The LED Board during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Internazionale and SL Benfica at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 03, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)

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