Inter Milan secured a place in the Europa League semi-finals achieving a victory over Bayer Leverkusen while Romelu Lukaku has scored a record-breaking goal.
During a tussle in the net, the 27-year-old Belgian striker was wrestled to the ground after a superb pass from Ashley Young.
Since last summer Lukaku has been on fire leaving Manchester United and he managed to smash the ball home.
The goal-reminiscent of Lionel Messi’s strike against Napoli, if not the sparkling solo run in the build-up in terms of finish-gave Inter Milan a 2-0 lead over the German giants.
And in scoring, Lukaku has been the first player ever to score in nine consecutive Europa League games.
Earlier in the game with just 15 minutes on the clock, Nicolo Barella had given the Serie A giants a 1-0 lead.
Just ten minutes later, the floor routine of Lukaku doubled the lead of the Italians to place their side in the semi-finals on the brink of a spot.
Inter looked to final-four dead-set with no second-leg due to the enforced break.
But transfer target for Chelsea Kai Havertz scored a nice goal just moments later to halve the deficit and sniff Leverkusen.
A penalty was awarded after Daley Sinkgraven was found to have handled the area’s ball and seconds later, Inter went straight up the other end.
However, after a quick check with VAR, the decision was overruled.
After the tense start to head into the break with Inter leading 2-1 the teams played out the remaining 20 minutes of the half with little excitement.
Both sides exchanged blows in a nervous second half-with Inter certain they would put the game to bed after another penalty was awarded in additional time.
The Italians, however, saw their spot-kick decision overruled by VAR once again.
The clock finally ran down amid their disappointment and Inter Milan booked their place in the semi-finals, with Havertz ‘s career in Leverkusen probably over, with Chelsea stepping up its pursuit.
Inter 2 – 1 Bayer Leverkusen
Goals: 1-0 Barella 15′, 2-0 Lukaku 21, 2-1 Havertz 24′
Yellow cards: D’Ambrosio, Conte, Eriksen, Barella; Sinkgraven, Bender, Tapsoba
Inter: Handanovic, Godin, de Vrij, Bastoni, Young, Gagliardini, Brozovic, Barella, D’Ambrosio, Martinez, Lukaku
Bayer Leverkusen: Hradecky, Bender,Tah, Tapsoba, Sinkgraven, Palacios, Baumgartlinger, Havertz, Demirbay, Diaby, Volland