Inter advances past Benfica to set up Milan derby in UCL semifinal


By Sedara Philip

The Milan clubs are set to meet again in another Champions League semifinal after Inter Milan drew 3-3 against Benfica on Wednesday to complete a 5-3 aggregate victory over the Portuguese team.

After Nicolò Barella’s opener for Inter, Fredrik Aursnes restored some hope for Benfica shortly before halftime.

But Lautaro Martínez and substitute Joaquín Correa netted in the second half to help Inter reach its first semifinal since José Mourinho led it to the treble of the Champions League, Serie A and Italian Cup in 2010.

Inter nevertheless managed to relinquish a two-goal lead as António Silva and Petar Musa netted late on for Benfica.

The Nerazzurri will face city rival AC Milan in a repeat of the 2003 semifinal. AC Milan won that on away goals and went on to beat Juventus in the final.

Milan reached the final four of Europe’s elite club competition on Tuesday after drawing 1-1 at Napoli to win their quarterfinal 2-1 on aggregate

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