Champions League, round of 16 first leg: Inter Milan beats Atletico Madrid

As of: February 20, 2024 11:06 p.m

Inter Milan clinched a narrow victory in the first leg of the round of 16 against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday evening (02/20/24). Marko Arnautovic was spot on during a parade by Atletico keeper Oblak.

The Italians narrowly won the first leg of the round of 16 in the Champions League on Tuesday evening (02/20/24) 1-0. Arnatovic scored in the 79th minute. A draw would be enough for last year’s finalists to advance in the second leg on March 13th in the Spanish capital.

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Inter game-determining

Inter dominated the game, Atletico defended with concentration and uncompromising as usual. Chances to score were rare. It took until the 36th minute before Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak had to intervene for the first time with a header from Lautaro Martinez. Just two minutes later, the Argentine world champion missed the game’s first top-class chance after a clever pass from ex-Gladbach player Marcus Thuram.

After the break, Inter increased the pressure, but Atletico continued to withstand it. Substitute Arnautovic had the lead for the Nerazzurri, but after a one-two with Martinez he put the ball over the crossbar (64′). Then the Austrian dusted himself off after Oblak blocked a shot from Martinez right at his feet.

Minute of silence for Andy Brehme

Before kick-off, the spectators in Milan applauded Brehme. The former world champion played for Inter from 1988 to 1992, which is why the Milan team wore mourning. Brehme died of cardiac arrest on Tuesday night.

Inter in Italy Championship course

Inter lead the Serie A table by nine points and are eyeing the 20th Scudetto. The leader has been undefeated since the end of September. Milan also survived the preliminary round of the Champions League without defeat, but had to settle for second place behind the surprise team Real Sociedad San Sebastian. Atletico, on the other hand, is fourth in the Spanish championship and is already eleven points behind local rivals Real.