Inter reach final in totally dominant semi-final display

Lautaro Martinez and Romelu Lukaku each scored a brace as Inter reached their first European final since 2010 in strong fashion.

Inter will now meet Sevilla in the Europa League final as two goals from Lautaro Martinez and Romelu Lukaku helped them cruise past Shakhtar Donetsk 5-0 in Dusseldorf.

Five-time champions Sevilla came from a goal down to beat Manchester United on Sunday, and Inter joined them in the final with a dominant display.

Inter had their first goal through Lautaro Martinez who got his first Europa League goal of the Season, heading in a cross from Nicolo Barella after the midfielder was gifted possession by an attempted clearance from Shakhtar goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov.

They should have been two goals up before the half hour, but neither Martinez nor Barella could find the net from point-blank range.

Shakhtar‘s best chance came as Junior Moraes directed a header straight at Samir Handanovic from just a few yards from equalizing and Inter immediately made them pay.

Inter‘s second came in the 64th minute as Danilo D’Ambrosio rose highest to head home Marcelo Brozovic’s corner after being afforded a free run. Martinez then sealed the win as he slotted in his second of the night 10 minutes later after being set up by his strike partner Lukaku.

Martinez then set up Lukaku for his first of the night capping up an excellent display with the Belgian curling home from inside the area. Lukaku then had his second and Inter‘s fifth in the closing stages of the game.

With his goals in this game, Lukaku set a new record for scoring in ten straight Europa League matches and is a goal away from equalling the best debut season in goals by an Inter player, which is held by Delima Ronaldo who scored 34 goals in 1997-98.

Inter are now back where they belong as they reach their first final in a decade. They will now have a chance to reclaim European glory when they lock horns with the most successful side in the Europa League, Sevilla.

The final will take place on Friday in Cologne in what should be a tightly contested match. The Nerazzurri will still be considered favorites for the clash, with Martinez and Lukaku hitting top form.

Key Opta records

1 – Lautaro Martínez’s headed goal for Inter Milan was the first shot in the game.

5 – Inter Milan‘s 5-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk is the biggest margin of victory in a single Europa League/UEFA Cup

8 – Inter Milan will appear in the semi-final of a European competition for the first time since the 2009/10 in the Champions League, whilst this is the 8th time the Italian side have reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup/ Europa League – more than any other side.

18 – Romelu Lukaku has been directly involved in 18 goals in his last 10 UEFA Europa League matches (14 goals & 4 assists). The Belgian striker has scored during a record 10 successive games within the competition.


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