(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Kim Dong-chan = Inter Milan (Italy) advanced to the final of the UEFA Champions League (UCL).
Inter Milan defeated AC Milan (Italy) 1-0 in the second leg of the 2022-2023 UCL semifinals held in San Siro, Milan, Italy on the 17th (Korean time).
Inter Milan, who won 2-0 in the first leg on the 11th, advanced 3-0 on aggregate in the first and second leg to advance to the final first.
Inter Milan’s final opponent will be the winner of the match between Real Madrid (Spain) and Manchester City (England), which will be held on the 18th.Real Madrid and Manchester City drew 1-1 in the first leg, which was played at home to Real Madrid.
This year’s UCL finals will be held on June 11 in Turkiye Istanbul.
Inter Milan, who started the second leg in a relaxed state after winning the first leg, also won the second leg with Lautaro Martinez’s winning goal in the 29th minute of the second half.
Martinez, who received a pass from Romelu Lukaku, scored the only goal of the match with a left-footed shot from the left side of the penalty area.
With this, Inter Milan reached the UCL final again 13 years after winning the 2009-2010 season.
In the 2009-2010 season, Inter Milan was led by coach Jose Mourinho and swept the league, Italian Cup and UCL at the time.
Inter Milan is currently managed by Simone Inzaghi.
This is the sixth time Inter Milan has reached the UCL final, following in 1964, 1965, 1967, 1972 and 2010.The championship was won in 1964, 1965 and 2010.
The case in which an Italian team has reached the UCL final is Inter Milan’s first in six years this year since Juventus runner-up in 2017.
Last year’s final was held between Real Madrid and Liverpool (England), with Real Madrid winning 1-0.
The last UCL title won by an Italian team was Inter Milan in 2010.At that time, Inter Milan defeated Bayern Munich (Germany) 2-0 to rise to the top.
England, Spain, Germany, Italy, and France are often cited as the five major leagues in Europe, but only the Italian team has failed to make it to the UCL finals in the last five years.
Of course, as Italian teams Inter Milan and AC Milan faced each other in the semi-finals, the Italian team’s advance to the final was already confirmed.
In the last five years, the Spanish and English teams have won twice, and the German club has also reached the top once (Bayern Munich in 2020).France was runners-up in 2020 by Paris Saint-Germain.