Champions League: Benfica vs. Inter Milan head-to-head record
Roger Schmidt‘s side, who are also challenging for Primeira Liga glory, beat Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Maccabi Haifa to top spot in Group H before teaching Club Brugge a footballing lesson with a 7-1 aggregate thumping in the last 16.
Meanwhile, Inter came out second best in the heated battle between Bayern Munich and Barcelona for first place in Group C, setting up a tie with Group B winners Porto, and just the one goal separated the two sides across 180 minutes as the Nerazzurri advanced to the final eight.
Despite both sides’ calibre in European football, there have only ever been three competitive meetings between Inter and Benfica in all tournaments, and none since 2004.
From that trio of showdowns, an unbeaten Inter have two wins and a draw to show for their endeavours, starting with a 1-0 triumph in the pinnacle of the 1964-65 European Cup.
Inter clinched European Cup glory in front of their own fans at San Siro in 1965, and 58 years later, the Nerazzurri are still the most recent team to win the continent’s top honour at their home stadium.
The 1965 final also represents the two sides’ only meeting in the Champions League/European Cup to date, and not until the 2003-04 season would Inter and Benfica renew hostilities competitively.
Locking horns in the fourth round – equivalent to the last 16 – of the UEFA Cup, Benfica and Inter could not be separated in the first leg, playing out a drab 0-0 draw at the Estadio da Luz.
However, that was not a sign of things to come for the second leg, as the San Siro floodgates well and truly opened with a glut of goals – seven to be exact – as Inter prevailed 4-3 to progress to the quarter-finals.
Obafemi Martins and Nuno Gomes both struck braces on the day – alongside an effort for Christian Vieri – as Benfica failed to hang on to a 1-0 lead, but Inter’s run came to a swift end in the quarter-finals at the hands of eventual finalists Marseille.
Interestingly, both sides have recent when it comes to seeing off opposition from their foes’ nations – Benfica defeated Juventus twice in the groups while Inter eliminated Porto in the previous round – and the Nerazzurri’s unbeaten streak versus the Eagles will come under serious threat on Tuesday night.