Sanusi Zaidu shines as Inter dump FC Porto out of Champions League

Sanusi Zaidu shines as Inter dump Porto out of Champions League

Super Eagles defender, Sanusi Zaidu put in a decent performance for FC Porto during their Champions League clash against Inter Milan and couldn’t help but watch them fall to a 0-1 aggregate defeat. Sanusi Zaidu shines as Inter dump Porto out of Champions League

A lone goal earned at home by Inter Milan at the Guiseppe Meazza Stadium in the first leg of the UEFA Round of 16 match was enough to seal a place for the Italian giants in the last eight of the UEFA Champions League.

The Indomitable Lion of Cameroon goal tender, André Onana, was also a very dominant figure in the second leg encounter played at Estadio de Dragao on Tuesday night.

André Onana saved Inter Milan from conceding early goals in the first four minutes of the first half of the match with two great saves in quick succession as he punched the goal-bound shots to safety.

Nigerian international Sanusi Zaidu, who was on the pitch for 84 minutes before being replaced by his teammate, Wendell, gave a good account of himself as he effectively warded off all attacking aggressions from his wing.

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The 25-year-old left-back made his eighth UCL appearance of the campaign, the most of any Nigerian, but it would also be his final one because FC Porto had been eliminated by the Italians.

FC Porto almost took the lead late in the first half (39th minute) when Federico Dimario opened up Inter Milan’s defense, but his shot was effectively blocked by an Inter Milan defender for a corner kick.

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Inter Milan’s striker, Eden Dzeko, was a handful for the FC Porto defense for most of the first half of the match.

Eden Dzeko was, however, replaced by former Chelsea hitman and Belgian International, Romelu Lukaku, in the 70th minute of the second half of the match.

FC Porto, with a total of 15 shots on target as against Inter Milan’s 11, hit the woodwork twice in the 5th minute of second-half extra time to cap a very unlucky day for the Portuguese Champions.

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One of their key players, Pepe, was also red carded in the 7th minute of second half extra time by the referee after he received two yellow cards.  Even their coach was shown a yellow card.

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