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Italian Giants Take Control with 0-2 Victory Over Benfica

Internazionale took a significant step towards the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League with a convincing 0-2 victory over Benfica in the first leg of their quarter-final clash. The match, which took place at Estádio da Luz in Lisbon, Portugal, saw Italian giants Inter Milan showcase their prowess, with Dutch defender Denzel Dumfries making a notable impact.

First Half Ends Goalless, Second Half Sparks to Life

The first half ended in a goalless draw, with both teams displaying defensive resilience. However, it was in the second half that the game came to life. In the 52nd minute, Inter midfielder Nicolò Barella found the back of the net with a powerful header from a cross by Federico Dimarco, giving Inter the lead and a crucial away goal.

Inter Extends Lead with Penalty Conversion

Benfica responded by pushing forward in search of an equalizer, but Inter's defense held firm. In the 82nd minute, the tide turned decisively in Inter's favor when Dumfries delivered a cross that was handled by Benfica's João Mário inside the penalty area. After a VAR review, a penalty was awarded, and Inter's prolific striker Romelu Lukaku stepped up to convert from the spot with composure, extending Inter's lead to 0-2.

Inter Milan on Course for Semi-Finals, Benfica's Hopes Dented

Despite late efforts from Benfica to salvage a result, Inter's defense remained resolute, denying the Portuguese side any lifeline. The final whistle blew, and Inter emerged as victors with a convincing two-goal advantage, putting them in a favorable position to advance to the semi-finals. The victory was a historic one for Inter Milan, as they aim to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the first time since their 2010 triumph in the competition. A semi-final where only Napoli or AC Milan will stand in their way to get into the final. On the other hand, Benfica's hopes of making it to the final four for the first time since 1990 suffered a major setback with the defeat.

Second Leg Set for April 19th

The second leg of the quarter-final tie is scheduled for April 19th at San Siro in Milan, Italy. The winner of this matchup will face the winner of the quarter-final clash between AC Milan and Napoli in the semi-finals.

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