Inter Milan ran rout in the second Europa League semi-final with a 5-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk. The Serie A outfit’s strikers were in full force as they shared four goals amongst them. Inter Milan will now play Sevilla in the finals of the competition on Saturday.
Lautaro Martinez opened the scoring for the Nerazzurri with a pinpoint header after a poor distribution of the ball by experienced goalkeeper Pyatov. The game really sprung into life in the second half after the score read 1-0 at the half-time whistle.
The Ukrainian team, however, who had scored in all matches after the restart but one missed a huge chance through Junior Moraes. The player failed to find the net with the header like Martinez to leave the contest at 1-0.
Samir Handanovic’s save turned out to be the decisive point as Shakhtar Donetsk were never in the game since. Daniel D’Ambrosio doubled the team’s lead in the 64th minute to put one step into the finals in Cologne.
Inter Milan took their dominance to the next level in the final stages of the game with three lethal strikes in nine minutes. Romelu Lukaku’s impressive debut campaign in Italy continued with a brace in the huge semi-final clash.
Conte all praise for Inter Milan’s sensational semi outing
The former Chelsea and Italy manager lauded his side’s ‘super’ and ‘courageous’ outing in a very ‘European game’. Conte claimed that Milan were able to make Shakhtar Donetsk look average. He said:
‘I think we reached the final playing against a team that we made look less strong than it was, but Shakhtar have a lot of talent and we stopped them playing with the pressing all over the pitch.
‘They have a lot of quality in their passing, also pace, but we did well to force them into defending, which we know full well they aren’t as comfortable with as keeping the ball.
‘We played with courage, had the right plan, played a very European game in the right way and the players deserve all the credit.
‘It was a super performance and we made Shakhtar look average.’
Inter Milan have a chance to end their nine-year-long trophy drought when they face Europa League serial winners Sevilla. Antonio Conte has brought hope into the hearts of the Nerazzurri loyal with deft transfers and tactical overhaul. The team narrowly missed out on the Serie A as Juventus made it nine in a row with just a point’s lead.
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