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Adriano treble beats holders Porto


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Adriano's hat-trick sent Inter Milan into Friday's quarterfinal draw
CHAMPIONS LAST EIGHT
AC Milan (Italy)
Bayern Munich (Germany)
Chelsea (England)
Inter Milan (Italy)
Juventus (Italy)
Liverpool (England)
Olympique Lyon (France)
PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands)
Draw for quarter and semifinals is in Switzerland on Friday.

MILAN, Italy (Reuters) -- Brazilian striker Adriano scored a hat-trick as Inter Milan beat holders Porto 3-1 and reach the last eight of the Champions League 4-2 aggregate on Tuesday.

Adriano scored after six and 63 minutes to put Inter 3-1 ahead on aggregate but they were pegged back to 3-2 when Jorge Costa struck after 69 minutes.

His first goal in the competition for more than five years came when he scrambled home from a corner after 69 minutes, but Adriano had the final say.

Adriano completed his treble three minutes from time to see Inter through to Friday's quarterfinal draw along with Italian rivals AC Milan and Juventus.

Inter could have made life easier for themselves sooner if Javier Zanetti had scored on a breakaway but his shot was cleared off the line by Pedro Emanuel.

Inter's head coach Roberto Mancini is looking forward to the draw but admitted his side did it the hard way.

"We did everything we could to make things difficult for ourselves. Having scored early we then pulled back and didn't create much during the first half except on the break," he said.

"We were better after the interval, though we should have been more careful on that corner when Porto scored. When you concede a goal to go 2-1 up with 20 minutes left it's only natural that you feel a bit of fear."

Asked about recent reports linking Adriano to Real Madrid he said: "When a player doesn't play it's normal that he's unhappy. Tonight, though, he was extraordinary. Let's hope the three goals he scored have got him properly back into his stride."

Porto striker Benni McCarthy was left to rue his side's exit.

He told Sky Sports News: "We were not as confident as we were supposed to be, we knew we had to start off great after drawing 1-1 at home and we gave away an early goal.

"We had to work twice as hard to get back and after that and it became a bit of a Mission Impossible, but we worked hard and all credit to the guys. But it can be very tough against Italian teams.

"They defend well and we weren't as good as we could have been tonight."


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