Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez scored two goals each helping Inter Milan to a one-sided semi-final over Shakhtar Donetsk in Dusseldorf, this led Inter to Seville in the final of this season’s Europa League.
To bring Inter on track for their first major continental trophy since Jose Mourinho lifted the Champions League in 2010, Martinez and Danilo D’Ambrosio headed in the 19th minute and in the 64th minute respectively. In 10 minutes, Martinez and Lukaku have added three more goals to ensure the result.
After the midfielder had been gifted possession by Shakhtar goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov from a dire attempted clearance, in the 19th minute, Martinez struck his first, heading in from the cross of Nicolo Barella. Shakhtar goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov sliced a pass directly to the Inter midfielder Nicolo Barella, who sped down the right flank and sent in a cross that eluded Lukaku but left his strike partner Martinez with an easy header for the opening goal at the far post.
To head home to Marcelo Brozovic’s corner Danilo D’Ambrosio rose highest in the region just after the hour before Martinez sided in his second to secure the win and Lukaku came to the party with his own two smooth finishes.
Inter tightened his grip when D’Ambrosio headed in from Josip Brozovic at the far post off an outswing corner. That came less than two minutes after the game’s best chance on Shakhtar, headed straight at Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic from point-blank range by Junior Moraes.
Martinez got his second in the 74th with a low shot from the edge of the box and he set up Lukaku four minutes later to score Inter’s fourth. The Belgian has scored this campaign in all games of the Inter’s Europa League. Lukaku outrushed defender Davit Khocholava in the 84th to score his second and Inter’s fifth.
Former Manchester United striker Lukaku has 33 goals for the season and has now scored 10 consecutive games in the Europa League.
Shakhtar’s only real chance was certainly a very good one, but Junior Moraes headed straight to Samir Handanovic for what would have been an equalizer from just a few yards out.
Having missed a single point on the Series A title, since Friday when facing Julen Lopetegui’s Seville, Inter now has the opportunity to claim the first trophy.
Inter 5 – 0 Shakhtar
Goals: 1-0 Martinez 19′, 2-0 D’Ambrosio 64′, 3-0 Martinez 74′, 4-0 Lukaku 78′, 5-0 Lukaku 84′
Yellow cards: Taison (S)
Inter: Handanovic, Godin, de Vrij, Bastoni, D’Ambrosio (Moses 81′), Barella, Brozovic (Sensi 85′), Gagliardini, Young (Biraghi 66′), Martinez (Eriksen 81′), Lukaku (Espostio 85′)
Shakhtar: Pyatov, Dodo, Kryvtsov, Khocholava, Matviienko, Antonio, Stepnaneko, Marlos (Konoplyanka 75′), Alan Patrick (Solomon 59′), Taison, Moares