Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku scored the winner in a 2-1 victory over Bayer Leverkusen as he tormented the Germans to guide his aspect into the Europa League semi-finals on Monday. Nicolo Barella put Inter forward after 15 minutes, driving the ball dwelling after Lukaku’s shot was blocked, and 6 minutes later the Belgian received on the scoresheet when he displayed his energy by holding off defender Edmond Tapsoba earlier than firing dwelling.
Leverkusen winger Kai Havertz, reported to be a switch goal of Premier League membership Chelsea, pulled a purpose again for the Germans however it was goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky who saved them within the sport with a string of effective saves.
The win units up a semi-final towards Ukrainian aspect Shakhtar Donetsk or FC Basel of Switzerland, who meet on Tuesday
After scoring what proved to be the winner, Lukaku might have had a second purpose when Inter have been awarded a penalty for handball, however that harsh resolution towards Leverkusen was overturned by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).
Tapsoba struggled all night time to include the physicality of 27-year-old Lukaku, who set a file by scoring in 9 straight Europa League video games, and within the second half the centre-back resorted to hacking the striker down on a lot of events.
In search of their first trophy since a 2011 Coppa Italia triumph, Inter despatched on Alexis Sanchez within the second half and he had two wonderful efforts blocked by last-ditch defending.
Lukaku was once more denied a spot kick by VAR after an Inter participant was found to have dealt with simply earlier than Christian Eriksen was bundled over within the field, and he fired a late shot broad underneath stress from Tapsoba as Inter held on for victory.
Lukaku confirmed loads of humility after his dominant efficiency, saying: “To me, the person of the match is Nicolo Barella. The best way he performs soccer is just unimaginable – maturity, high quality. He’s actually an important participant.”