Inter goalkeeper Andre Onana was absolutely vital to his team progressing to the Champions League quarterfinal against Porto, and not just in yesterday’s second leg at the Estadio do Dragao.
This is highlighted in today’s print edition of Rome-based newspaper Corriere dello Sport, via FCInterNews, who note how the 26-year-old’s fingerprints are also clearly visible in the first leg, as he proved to be the Nerazzurri’s man for the moment over three hours of football.
Yesterday evening, Inter looked far more concerned with defending than with attacking, perhaps understandable given their one-goal advantage from the first leg of the tie.
Accordingly, it was Onana who was by far the busier of the two keepers compared to Porto’s Diogo Costa.
The Cameroonian produced some fine stops and was an authoritative presence at the back to ensure that a clean sheet was preserved.
In the first leg, however, it should be remembered that both Onana and Costa produced some of their best respective form.
The 1-0 scoreline was a reflection of the fact that both keepers were ready to get in the way of everything rather than of a lack of chances created by either side.
On the balance of the two-legged tie, then, Onana was decisive throughout, and an absolutely vital component of this Nerazzurri team in Europe.