Inter Milan's Romelu Lukaku, second from right, scores during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg soccer match between Inter Milan and Porto at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy on Wednesday February 22, 2023 (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Romelu Lukaku got here off the bench handy Inter Milan a 1-0 win over Porto within the first leg of the Champions League Spherical of 16.

The Belgium worldwide struck 4 minutes from time to safe victory on the San Siro after the guests noticed midfielder Otavio despatched off for a second bookable offence.

In a detailed first half, Inter striker Lautaro Martinez might need achieved higher with an early header and Porto keeper Diogo Costa needed to tip Hakan Calhanoglu’s audacious try from an unlikely angle.

Nevertheless, the guests grew into the sport and threatened when Marko Grujic pressured a Thirty seventh-minute save from goalkeeper Andre Onana earlier than Galeno headed within the rebound, leaving the groups locked collectively on the break.

Lukaku scored the winner within the 86th minute

Nicolo Barella got here near the house aspect’s first objective when he flew vast after working over Milan Skriniar’s go within the 52nd minute, however Onana needed to save Mehdi Taremi twice and Zaidu as a Portuguese crew.

Barella narrowly missed the goal once more 21 minutes from time, earlier than Otavio obtained a second yellow card 12 minutes from time.

Substitute Lukaku lastly made the breakthrough to present Inter a slim benefit to defend in Portugal.

And after?

InterMilan return to Serie A motion on Sunday with a visit to bologna on Sunday; kick off 11:30 a.m. The Italian aspect then welcomes Lecce Sunday, March 5; kick off 5 p.m.

Port are again in Primeira Liga on Sunday at residence for Gilles Vicente; kick off 8:30 p.m. The Portuguese aspect will then journey to Chaves Sunday, March 5; Kick-off time to be confirmed.

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