DÜSSELDORF - Five goals in a historic semi-final: Inter vs. Shakhtar is the first game at this stage of the UEFA Cup/Europa League to finish with a margin of five goals. The goals also rewrote Inter history:
111 GOALS THIS SEASON, CLUB RECORD SINCE 1929/1930
Lautaro's brace, Lukaku's brace and D'Ambrosio's goal. The Nerazzurri's total goals scored in all competitions this season has reached 111 after 53 games played, with an average of 2.1 goals per match. This beats their previous best (jointly held by the 1950/51 and 2006/07 seasons) and is a Club record since Serie A became a round-robin tournament (1929/30).
Inter have had 19 different goalscorers this season. The 111 goals have been distributed as follows: 81 in Serie A, seven in the Coppa Italia, ten in the Champions League, 13 in the Europa League.
The four top scorers this season: Lukaku (33), Lautaro (21), Candreva (7), D'Ambrosio (5).
INTER IN THE SEMI-FINALS OF EUROPEAN COMPETITIONS
Inter are through to their first European final since the Champions League title winning season of 2009/10. Antonio Conte is the third Inter coach to lead the team to a European final in their debut season in charge, after Giampiero Marini in 1993/94 and Luigi Simoni in 1997/98 - both in victorious UEFA Cup campaigns.
Inter have won five games in a row in the principal European competitions (excluding qualifiers) for the first time since April 2010 (six), as they reached the Champions League final. Furthermore, the Nerazzurri have equalled their UEFA Cup/Europa League record for consecutive victories - from September 2000.
LUKAKU AND LAUTARO, GOALS AND RECORDS
Against Shakhtar, Romelu Lukaku played his 50th game in an Inter shirt. The most recent players to make over 50 appearances in a single season for the Club were Samuel Eto'o (53) and Javier Zanetti (52) in 2010/11.
With his brace, Lukaku reached 33 in all competitions this season, and is now one away from Ronaldo's record for goals scored in a debut season at Inter. The last player to have scored 30 goals in a single campaign was Eto'o (37 in 2010/11). Lukaku has scored in 25 separate matches in all competitions this season , and could equal the record set by Eto'o in 2010/11 (26 games).
Lukaku and Lautaro each bagged a brace and provided an assist in the same game: the last Inter player to score two goals in a UEFA Cup/Europa League semi-final game was Ronaldo against Spartak Moscow in 1998.
This season, Lautaro Martinez has scored more goals in the first 30 minutes of games in all competitions than any other player in Europe’s Top-5 leagues (13)
HEADED GOALS: EUROPE’S TOP TEAM
Both Lautaro and D'Ambrosio's goals came from headers. Inter are particularly excellent in this regard, and have been all season. The Nerazzurri have scored 25 times from headers in all competitions this season - the most of any side in Europe’s Top-5 leagues in 2019/20 : Inter 25, Eintracht Frankfurt 24, Liverpool 23, Bayern Munich 20.
Before Danilo D'Ambrosio's goal last night, the last time an Inter defender scored a header in a European competition was back in 2011; Walter Samuel against Lille in the Champions League. It was also D'Ambrosio's fifth goal this season, his best ever tally.