Tune in to the complete playback of the Benfica vs Inter match, featuring all the highlights. This game is part of the 2023/2024 UEFA Champions League, specifically Group D – Matchday 5. The action kicks off at 20:00 GMT on Wednesday, November 29, 2023. The referee for this matchup is Andris Treimanis from Latvia, and the venue is the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon. If you’re looking to catch up on all the action from this exciting game, be sure to watch the full replay.
Benfica vs Inter Milan Full Match Reports
A mesmerizing first-half hat-trick from João Mário against his former club failed to propel Benfica to triumph in the UEFA Champions League as they settled for a thrilling 3-3 draw with Inter Milan at the Estádio da Luz, securing their first point in this year’s competition despite initially leading 3-0.
Benfica, despite dominating the Primeira Liga with 28 points out of 33, struggled to replicate their domestic success on the European stage. Coming into this clash having suffered elimination from the tournament with four consecutive losses in Group D, they faced Inter, already group leaders and qualified. However, in the opening period, Benfica showcased dominance. Mário, making his first UCL start, needed less than five minutes to open the scoring, sweeping home Casper Tengstedt’s clever knockdown.
Mário, who spent five years with Inter from 2016 to 2021, delivered his best in Lisbon, securing his second goal by finding the bottom corner after Tengstedt and Rafa Silva dispossessed Kristjan Asllani on the edge of the box. Despite a well-saved Marko Arnautović effort, Inter struggled offensively. Benfica extended their lead after the hour-mark when Mário completed his hat-trick, bundling Tengstedt’s expertly-weighted ball over the line.
Inter’s resurgence in the second half was unexpected. Carlos Augusto and Alexis Sánchez had shots saved by Anatoliy Trubin, and Arnautović capitalized on Yann Bisseck’s header from Sánchez’s corner. Less than 60 minutes in, Davide Frattesi’s spectacular volley from Francesco Acerbi’s cross narrowed the gap. A Nicolás Otamendi foul on Marcus Thuram led to a penalty, expertly converted by Sánchez, leveling the score.
The remainder of the game was a back-and-forth affair as both teams sought a winner. Emil Audero’s remarkable save to tip Ángel Di María’s shot over the bar stood out. However, Benfica’s hopes were dampened when António Silva received a red card for a reckless challenge on Nicolò Barella. Ultimately, the two sides settled for a share of the spoils, with Inter maintaining their second position behind Real Sociedad, and Benfica needing to beat Salzburg on Matchday six by more than two goals to secure a spot in the UEFA Europa League play-off round.
Man of the Match: João Mário (Benfica).