Thuram scores to help Inter beat Benfica 1-0 and go joint top of Champions League group

MILAN (AP) — Marcus Thuram made his mark in the Champions League to help Inter Milan get its campaign up-and-running with a 1-0 win over Benfica on Tuesday.

Thuram scored in the 62nd minute for his first goal in the competition for the Nerazzurri. He has two goals and six assists in Serie A in a fantastic start at Inter for the 26-year-old player, who is the son of former Parma and Juventus defender Lilian Thuram.

The goal came shortly after Inter's top scorer Lautaro Martínez hit the woodwork twice in the space of six minutes.

The result lifted Inter — last season’s runner-up — level on points with Group D leader Real Sociedad, which won 2-0 at Salzburg. Benfica was bottom with zero points from two matches.

Both Inter Milan and Benfica have had strong starts to their domestic seasons but would have been expected to do better in their Champions League openers.

Inter needed a last-minute equalizer from Martínez to snatch a 1-1 draw at Real Sociedad, while Benfica lost 2-0 at home to Salzburg after playing almost the entire match with 10 men.


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Daniella Matar, The Associated Press