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UEFA Champions League: Porto vs Inter
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Inter Milan will be looking to protect their lead tomorrow night when they face off with FC Porto for their second leg of the Champions League round of 16 elimination stages.

Inter Milan and FC Porto will face each other in a match that will decide who will take up the quarter-finals spot with Inter going into the fixture enjoying a first leg 1-0 lead advantage. However, ever since the game was played, Inter have been seen to slip into inconsistent form while the hosts have gotten back to their winning ways. A frustrating night at San Siro resulted in defeat for Porto last month, with Inter substitute Romelu Lukaku scoring the only goal as Sergio Conceicao's 10-man side lost the first game of their latest adventure in the Champions League knockout stage. The Belgian international converted a rebound into a goal in the 85th minute of the game ending his recent misfortunes in front of the goal. 

FC Porto are left facing a must win situation on Tuesday night after Inter goal keeper Andre Onana denied them a goal on a couple of occassions in the first leg. Losing has become an unfamiliar feeling this season for Porto, as in addition to winning their last four fixtures to finish first in Group B before the FIFA World Cup break. They had won 10 straight matches prior to slipping up at San Siro. Inter may have ended their 22-match unbeaten streak in the first leg, but Porto progressed from their two most recent last-16 ties - both in 2019 and 2021. While the defence of their 2004 title ended with a 4-2 aggregate loss to Inter at this stage, given their visitors' recent failings, Porto will expect to overturn their deficit.

Last year's Inter UCL dreams were ended by Liverpool but they managed to beat Barcelona to finish second in group C at the start of this season's campaign and they are now just 90 minutes away from a place in the last eight of the competition. Having won the first leg for only the second time in their last 10 attempts at this stage, the Italian powerhouse will aim to continue a trend of finishing the job in Europe's premier club competition. Indebted to Onana and grateful for an increasingly rare Lukaku goal at San Siro, Inter have suffered more indifferent results on their travels of late, as a goalless draw with struggling Sampdoria was followed by a 1-0 loss in Bologna before another failure last Friday.

Napoli who are the current Serie A leaders are now 18 points ahead of second placed Inter Milan after Inzaghi's men suffered an eighth league defeat and the sixth setback on away soil. Precedent is not on Inter's side either, as they have won just one of their eight matches away to Portuguese sides in UEFA competitions. They also have a Coppa Italia semifinal match against old rivals Juventus next month but they would first love to book a place in the quarter finals of Europe's best competition tomorrow night.