Benfica got off to a terrible start in Aursnes: – A miracle would have been good

Benfica got off to a terrible start in Aursnes: – A miracle would have been good
You want a miracle: Frederic Orsnes and Benfica do not have the perfect basis for the return leg against Inter Milan in Milan.

(Benfica – Inter 0-2) Frederic Orsnes (27) Benfica had been level with Inter for a long time, but they collapsed in the second half of their first Champions League quarter-final match.


Niccolo Barella and Romelu Lukaku were in charge after the break, resulting in a two-goal victory for Inter. Thus, Orsnes and Benfica have a very difficult starting point before the second leg in Milan.

– It’s not perfect, but we can’t give up and we have to give everything in Italy, says Aursnes in an interview shown on TV2.

– A miracle would have been good, and of course we must believe in it. We have to perform superlatively there – and that’s possible, adds the Norwegian.

The Portuguese hosts led large parts of the match for a long time, squandering their chances before the Italian guests finished on top against the run of play.

Alessandro Bastoni put in a perfect cross at the back post, as an unmarked Barella headed in five minutes after half-time.

Steal the show: Frederic Orsnes had to galvanize his teammates after Niccolo Barella sent Inter up front.

The visiting team was awarded a penalty near the end of the match after a VAR check, when Benfica captain Joao Mario received the ball in his hand with a header. From eleven metres, Lukaku sent Inter into a two-goal lead.

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National team player Ursnes has played heavily in Portugal this season and, apart from Erling Braut Haaland, is the first Norwegian player to play in the quarter-finals of the Champions League since 2008. The previous Norwegian quarter-finalist – with the exception of Haaland – was then. Liverpool’s John Arne Reese, who came off against Chelsea 15 years ago, has since been out.

The second leg will take place in San Siro on April 19.

Secure the win: Substitute Romelu Lukaku scored the last minute penalty for Inter against Benfica.

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