The round of 16 first leg of the Champions League between Inter Milan and FC Porto was marked by a heated altercation between Cameroonian goalkeeper Andre Onana and Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko.
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It is an image that will remain in the memories of the round of 16 first leg of the Champions League which opposed Inter Milan to FC Porto on Wednesday evening, in Guiseppe Meazza. In the first half, with the score still 0-0, two Nerazzurri players butted heads for seconds in front of cameras around the world. Andre Onana and Edin Dzeko insulted each other. The Cameroonian goalkeeper pointed the finger at the Bosnian striker, before Hakan Calhanoglu came to calm the hostilities between the two men by inviting the last rampart not to get carried away.
“It’s for the good of the group”
Asked by the channel Bein Sports from the final whistle, the 26-year-old goalkeeper returned to this episode with the 36-year-old center forward. Andre Onana justified his bloodshed because of his teammate’s marking concern. “These are facts of the game, tensions of the match. The importance of the game causes some players to lose their temper. Maybe I got a little too carried away, too. But it’s good to share. It’s for the good of the group. I am convinced that we will avoid this kind of altercation in the next matches.
Thanks to a goal from Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku scored in the 86th minute of play, with a left six-yard strike after a header pushed back by the post, Simone Inzaghi’s team won at home on the most small marks (1-0). The Interiste thus take a first option for qualification in the quarter-finals, before the second round in Portugal scheduled for March 14.