Inter eliminated Milan in the semifinals of the Champions League and will once again be one game away from the title in Europe after 13 years (REUTERS/Alberto Lingria)
Inter became the first finalist in the Champions League after eliminating Milan in the Madonnina derby (3-0 on aggregate) and will again seek to rub shoulders with the honeys of success in the most important competition in Europe against the winner of the other semifinal that Manchester City and Real Madrid will star tomorrow in England, who have just drawn a 1-1 draw in the first leg at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium.
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The Italian team, which returns to a UEFA Champions League final after 13 years, will take its illusion to the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey, where on June 10 the champion team of the highest competition will be unveiled at club level of the Old Continent. Lautaro Martínez’s goal 74 minutes into the game finished off the tie for Simone Inzaghi’s team, who won both games against the Rossonero at the Giuseppe Meazza.
The Neroazzurri played their last Champions League final on May 22, 2010 at the Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid with a 2-0 win against Bayern Munich thanks to a brace from Argentine and former Racing Diego Milito. Fate means that another striker who emerged from the Academy like Lautaro has the opportunity to repeat the feat for Inter. Esteban Cambiasso and Javier Zanetti, captain of the squad led by the Portuguese José Mourinho, participated in that champion team.
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The other two titles that Inter has won consecutively in the 1963-64 and 1964-65 seasons, with victories against Real Madrid (3-1) and Benfica (1-0), respectively, and great performances by Italian striker Sandro Mazzola. The northern Italians also came close to glory in 1967, when they lost 2-1 in the final to Celtic. The Scots would later rival Racing Club in the Intercontinental Cup. In 1972 he could not beat Ajax either, losing 2-0.
The Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, venue for the 2022/23 Champions League final (REUTERS/Murad Sezer)
Despite some versions indicating that the venue for the 2022/23 Champions League final could change its original venue for political reasons, UEFA ratified the Turkish capital as the host of the decisive duel. “The 2023 Champions League final will be played in Istanbul as scheduled, on June 10. UEFA has not had discussions to the contrary with any political institutions, governments or national football associations,” the organization remarked in a statement. Wembley Stadium, in London, was even mentioned as a Plan B in case of dismissing Atatürk’s Olympian.
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Inter’s rival will be Manchester City or Real Madrid. In case it is the cast of Pep Guardiola, the Italians would play a final against an English club for the first time. Los Ciudadanos never won the Champions League and only reached one final, which they lost in 2021 against Liverpool. If the meringues prevail, the Neroazzurri would once again play heads-up for glory as happened in 1964. The Spanish club is the top winner of the competition with 14 titles and only lost three finals.
INTER 1 – MILAN 0
With a goal by Lautaro Martínez, Inter eliminated Milan and will play in the Champions League final after 13 yearsThe goal by Lautaro Martínez that settled the series against Milan and put Inter in the Champions League finalInter defeated 2-0 to Milan and stayed with the first classic of the semifinals of the Champions League