17 August 2020 21:00
34' (2nd half) Lukaku
29' (2nd half) Martínez
19' (2nd half) D'Ambrosio
|46'||The first 45 minutes are over in Düsseldorf: the Nerazzurri a goal to the good at the break thanks to Lautaro Martinez.|
|45'||One minute of added time still to play in the first half.|
|43'||Marcos Antonio has a go from the edge of the box, his effort is just over the bar.|
|39'||Through ball for Barella, but it's too long and Pyatov comes out to gather.|
|36'||Cross into Junior Moraes, who rises highest in the Inter penalty area but can't direct his header on target.|
|34'||Barella tries to beat Pyatov on the angle but his effort is blocked behind for a corner.|
|29'||Dodo feeds Junior Moraes in the middle, de Vrij reacts quickly and blocks it behind for a corner.|
|27'||Great chance for the second: Bastoni's cross, D'Ambrosio tries to turn it home at the back post but can't get enough on it.|
|25'||Barella puts in another dangerous ball, aimed at Lautaro, but Shakhtar's defence reacts and scrambles clear.|
|19'||GOAL! GOOOOOOAAAAAAL! El Torooooo! Barella latches onto a poor kick out from Pyatov, he puts in an inch-perfect cross and Lautaro nods it home. 1-0!|
|17'||Godin searches for Lautaro but the ball over the top is too long and Pyatov deals with it.|
|14'||Barella wins the ball in midfield and sends Lukaku on his way down the right. Big Rom takes on the defenders and looks to put a ball into the middle, but the weight of the pass is misjudged.|
|11'||Pyatov makes a mistake with the kick off, Barella tries to find Lautaro but his pass is too long.|
|6'||Brozovic takes, but his ball in is overhit and none of the Inter players in the box can get on the end of it.|
|5'||Inter on the front foot in the first five minutes of the game as they try to hit Shakhtar in the half forward positions. D'Ambrosio wins a free kick on the edge of the area on the right-hand side.|
|1'||Here we go. Lukaku kicks off in the Düsseldorf Arena. Forza Inter!|
|1'||Conte has opted for his established 3-5-2 formation and goes with the same XI that started in the wins against Getafe and Bayer Leverkusen.|
|1'||Inter are about to get their UEFA Europa League semi-final against Shakhtar Donetsk underway.|
|45'||Full time in Düsseldorf: what a dazzling Inter performance. The Nerazzurri brushed Shakhtar aside with an emphatic 5-0 win, thanks to braces from Lautaro and Lukaku and a D'Ambrosio goal!|
|40'||Conte also brings on Sensi in place of Brozovic.|
|40'||That was Lukaku's final touch of the game as Esposito comes on to replace the big Belgian.|
|38'||GOOOOOOOOOAL! Lukakuuuu! Big Rom bags a brace too. He beats the last man with a burst of pace and coolly strokes it home. 5-0!|
|35'||Eriksen also comes on, replacing Lautaro, who has put in an unbelievable performance with two goals and one assist.|
|35'||Conte makes a change for Inter: Moses comes on for D'Ambrosio.|
|34'||GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL! Lukakuuuuu! Lautaro feeds Big Rom, who stays cool and bags Inter's fourth!|
|30'||Change for Shakhtar: Konoplyanka replaces Marlos.|
|29'||GOAL! GOOOOOAAAAAL! El Toro once again! Lautaro beats Pyatov with a perfeclty judged curling shot from the edge of the box. 3-0!|
|27'||Inter close to a third: Lautaro combines well with Lukaku, who shoots from the edge of the box. Pyatov gets down quickly and makes the save.|
|21'||First change for the Nerazzurri: Biraghi on for Young.|
|19'||GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL! D'Ambrosio doubles Inter's lead! Brozovic's corner is an inviting one and D'Ambrosio wins it at the back post, heading past Pyatov. 2-0!!!|
|18'||First real chance for Shakhtar: Junior Moraes leaps for the header but it's straight at Handanovic, who deals with it with the help of Bastoni.|
|14'||First change of the game: Shakhtar bring on Solomon in place of Alan Patrick.|
|13'||Taison fouls Bastoni and picks up a yellow card.|
|10'||Bastoni brings it out and spreads it wide for D'Ambrosio: he finds Barella on the overlap, who crosses towards Lautaro but it's cleared by the defence.|
|6'||Lukaku rolls past his man and looks to bend it into the bottom right corner but the shot is just wide of the upright.|
|5'||Taison shoots from ditance but it's high and wide, one to forget for the Brazilian.|
|3'||Lautaro tries to chip Pyatov from distance after he snatches the ball away from the last defender, but Pyatov is alert and tips the ball behind for a corner.|
|1'||The second half is underway. No changes for either side at the break. Forza Inter!|
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The only previous meeting between Inter and Shakhtar Donetsk was in the 2005/06 UEFA Champions League qualifying phase, with Inter winning 3-1 on aggregate across two legs.
Shakhtar Donetsk are looking to reach only their second ever UEFA European final, last achieving that feat in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup, knocking out Dynamo Kiev in the semi-final and beating Werder Bremen in the final.
Junior Moraes has been directly involved in seven goals in seven UEFA Europa League appearances for Shakhtar Donetsk (5 goals, 2 assists), with all of these games coming in the knockout phase of the competition.
In the quarter final, Inter’s Romelu Lukaku became the first player in UEFA Cup/ Europa League history to score in nine consecutive matches a run stretching back to November 2014 with Everton. The Belgian striker has been involved in 15 goals in his last nine UEFA Europa League matches (12 goals & 3 assists).
Since dropping out of the UEFA Champions League, Inter have won all four of their UEFA Europa League games this season – they last won five consecutive matches in major European competition (excluding qualifiers) between December 2009 – April 2010 (a run of six) on their way to the UEFA Champions League final.
Inter Milan will appear in the semi-final of a European competition for the first time since the 2009/10 in the UEFA Champions League (winning the competition that year), whilst this is the eighth time the Italian side have reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup/ Europa League – more than any other side.
|17 August 2020||5-0||19' Martínez, 65' D'Ambrosio, 75' Martínez, 80' Lukaku, 84' Lukaku,||fixture|
DÜSSELDORF - We absolutely do not want this summer to end. And it goes on, because on Friday, we have a date with Sevilla in Cologne. A date that just so happens to be the final of the Europa League. Our long season has one more game to go, and it’s the most important of them all. The most recent step, however, was the one that showed just what this great team is all about. They’re a brilliant group of players, they’re strong and have an affection for the shirt, down to every last drop of sweat.
It was a convincing 5-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk. The result was absolutely deserved, correct and dazzling. Lautaro’s wonderful display (two goals and an assist), the inexhaustible Barella, D’Ambrosio’s usual performance, the strength of Lukaku. And all of the others. We’re in the final: Friday 21, we’re off to Cologne to play in the fifth UEFA Cup/Europa League final in the Club’s history. Only Sevilla stand in the way of European cup glory, but what an opponent they are - five-time (and record) winners of the competition. But it’s been ten years since Inter were last in a European final, and we know to give it our all.
En garde. It took the game a fair while to really get going and produce its first moment of excitement. The opening stages of the match were cagey as both sides looked to work each other out. Inter, who came into the game with the same eleven that beat Getafe and Bayer Leverkusen, played in their usual way and looked solid at the back from the off, truth be told they never really looked in trouble. Shakhtar, however, decided against their usual high press, allowing Handanovic and the Inter defenders time and space on the ball, which let the Nerazzurri back line dictate the game. This was largely in order to not allow Inter’s two forward to get into one-on-one situation with the defenders.
On the other hand, Inter pressed high and consistently forced the Ukrainian back line into making errors. Barella, who was extremely active in this regard, latched onto wayward passes from the goalkeeper Pyatov. And this very thing produced the opening goal of the game: Barella gathered a poor kick-out from Pyatov and put in an inch-perfect cross for Lautaro. El Toro rose highest and nodded home to make it 1-0.
The goal enabled Inter to dictate the pace of the game and pick their moments to attack. Barella was a particular inspiration in midfield, breaking up Shakhtar’s play and putting the Nerazzurri on the front foot. Both D’Ambrosio, cutting in from the left, and Barella himself, with a right-footed shot, had chances to double Inter’s lead. However, Shakhtar grew into the game as the first half wore on; without really threatening, the Ukrainians had lots of possession. Yet the speed and skill of the many Brazilians at their disposal was not enough to create any meaningful chances. Only Marcos Antonio, with a decent effort from outside the box, caused Inter any scares in the first half.
Inter were the side doing the attacking after the break too. Lautaro was a man unleashed and almost scored with a magnificent lob, only for Pyatov to get hands to it. Conte’s team continued to play as Castro’s side faltered. The only real scare for the Nerazzurri came on the 63-minute mark, with Junior Moraes’s close-range header being kept out by Handanovic. But this was the last sign of life from Shakhtar, who were then put to the sword by a rampant Inter.
D’Ambrosio, inspired by Conte’s encouragement from the touchline, was the man who doubled the Nerazzurri’s lead, nodding home Brozovic’s corner to score his fifth of the season. It was a goal that shattered the Ukrainian team’s morale, with Inter’s forwards then taking centre stage. Lautaro, a real livewire thoughout, made it 3-0: with Inter having once again won the ball back in the opposition half of the pitch, the Argentine stroked the ball into the bottom corner to all but put the game to bed.
However, it wasn’t over, because Inter continued to push forward, not taking any pity on their opponents. The only thing that was missing was a Lukaku goal, and this duly arrived thanks to wonderful work from Lautaro, who dribbled away from two players and set the Belgian striker up to score with 78 minutes on the clock. But Big Rom wasn’t done: he took centre stage once more as he went it alone, dribbling beyond the Ukrainian backline and firing into the net with his right foot to seal a historic 5-0 win.
A magnificent victory that sends us to Cologne. On Friday, we’ll be involved in the fifth UEFA Cup/Europa League final in our history. Come on!
INTER 5-0 SHAKHTAR DONETSK
INTER (3-5-2): 1 Handanovic; 2 Godin, 6 de Vrij, 95 Bastoni; 33 D'Ambrosio (11 Moses 81'), 23 Barella, 77 Brozovic (12 Sensi 85'), 5 Gagliardini, 15 Young (34 Biraghi 66'); 9 Lukaku (30 Esposito 85'), 10 Lautaro (24 Eriksen 81').
Substitutions: 27 Padelli, 7 Sanchez, 13 Ranocchia, 20 Valero, 31 Pirola, 37 Skriniar, 87 Candreva.
Coach: Antonio Conte.
SHAKHTAR DONETSK (4-2-3-1): 30 Pyatov; 98 Dodô, 4 Kryvstov, 5 Khocholava, 22 Matviyenko; 8 Marcos Antonio, 6 Stepanenko; 11 Marlos (15 Konoplyanka 75'), 21 Alan Patrick (19 Solomon 59'), 7 Taison; 10 Junior Moraes.
Substitutions: 81 Trubin, 9 Dentinho, 14 Tetê, 20 Kovalenko, 27 Maycon, 28 Marquinhos, 50 Bolbat, 76 Pikhalonok, 77 Bondar, 99 Fernando.
Coach: Luis Castro.
Goalscorers: 19' Lautaro (I), 64' D'Ambrosio (I), 74' Lautaro (I), 78' Lukaku (I), 84' Lukaku (I)
Bookings: Taison (SD)
Added time: 1' - 0'.
Referee: Marciniak (POL).
Linesmen: Sokolnicki (POL), Listkiewicz (POL).
4th Official: Collum (SCO)
VAR and Assistant VAR: Gil (POL), Kwiatkowski (POL).
|Handanovic 1||30 Pyatov|
|Godin 2||98 Dodo|
|de Vrij 6||4 Kryvstov|
|Bastoni 95||5 Khocholava|
|D'Ambrosio 33||22 Matviyenko|
|Barella 23||8 Marcos Antonio|
|Brozovic 77||6 Stepanenko|
|Gagliardini 5||11 Marlos|
|Young 15||21 Alan Patrick|
|Lukaku 9||7 Taison|
|Martínez 10||10 Junior Moraes|
|Padelli 27||81 Trubin|
|Sanchez 7||9 Dentinho|
|Moses 11||14 Tete|
|Sensi 12||15 Konoplyanka|
|Ranocchia 13||19 Solomon|
|Valero 20||20 Kovalenko|
|Eriksen 24||27 Maycon|
|Esposito 30||28 Marquinhos|
|Pirola 31||50 Bolbat|
|Biraghi 34||76 Pikhalonok|
|Skriniar 37||77 Bondar|
|Candreva 87||99 Fernando|