Inter hold a slender advantage heading into this second leg, but that may count for nothing given their current form. The Nerazzuri have lost two of their three Serie A games since beating Porto 1-0, going down 1-0 and 2-1 away at Bologna and Spezia, respectively, either side of a 2-0 home win over Lecce.
Porto also fell to a shock 2-1 loss at home to Gil Vicente in the match following their defeat at the San Siro, but have quickly recovered to put away Chaves (3-1) and Estoril (3-2), hanging on in there in the Portuguese title race. Following a shock 4-0 defeat to Club Brugges during the group stages, Porto went on to win their remaining two home games with impressive victories over Bayer Leverkusen (2-0) and Atletico Madrid (2-1).
On paper, Inter have the stronger squad, but they’re misfiring at the moment and Porto have an uncanny habit of doing the business during the early knockout rounds of the Champions League. It could go all the way to extra time and penalties, but the Dragons could make the UCL quarter-finals for the third time in five years.
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Porto vs Inter Milan match stats
Mehdi Taremi has been the main man for Porto in the Champions League this season, directly involved in seven of their 12 goals in seven games. The Iranian has scored five and provided a further two assists, with only Atletico Madrid keeping him out in the first group-stage game prior to his blank in the first leg.
While neither team were the cleanest in the group stage, there were a fair few dirtier in terms of conceding fouls. Inter Milan averaged 10.67 fouls conceded per game in the group stage of the Champions League this season, while Porto averaged slightly higher at 10.83. In their first-leg meeting, Inter committed another 15 fouls to Porto’s 14, while there has been a red card in the last four matches involving the latter — including Otavio receiving his marching orders at the San Siro.
Porto vs Inter Milan: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Porto 1-0 Inter Milan (2-0 AET)
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After playing each other four times in 2005, Inter Milan and Porto didn’t meet again until the first leg of this tie. Inter hold the positive record in this fixture with three wins to Porto’s one, and they knocked the defending European champions out at this stage in 2004/05. However, Porto claimed a 2-0 victory in their only home meeting with Inter.