Romelu Lukaku scored one goal and set up another as Inter Milan defeated Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 to reach the Europa League semi-finals on Monday.
Lukaku was the driving force from the start, imposing himself on the game and disrupting the Leverkusen defence to keep Inter in the hunt for their first trophy in nine years.
When Nicolo Barella gave Inter the lead in the 15th minute, it was off a rebound from a shot of Lukaku's which had been blocked. Six minutes later, Lukaku scored after a link up with Ashley Young.
Just as Inter threatened to overwhelm Leverkusen, the German team kept themselves in the game. Kai Havertz played a one-two with Kevin Volland and fired the ball past goalkeeper Samir Handanovic to cut the gap to a single goal four minutes after Lukaku scored.
A VAR review stopped Inter extending their lead, overturning a penalty given for handball against Leverkusen left-back Daley Sinkgraven.
Inter will now play Shakhtar Donetsk or FC Basel in the semifinals om August 17.
Date, time and venue
Inter Milan vs Bayer Leverkusen is scheduled for a 8pm BST kick-off on Monday, August 10, 2020.
The match will be played behind closed doors at the Dusseldorf Arena, with no fans due to be present due to government guidelines regarding coronavirus.
Inter Milan: Handanovic, Godin, de Vrij, Bastoni, D'Ambrosio, Barella, Brozovic, Gagliardini, Young, Lukaku, Martinez
Subs: Sanchez, Moses, Sensi, Ranocchia, Valero, Eriksen, Padelli, Esposito, Agoume, Biraghi, Skriniar, Candreva
Bayer Leverkusen: Hradecky, Lars Bender, Sven Bender, Tapsoba, Sinkgraven, Baumgartlinger, Palacios, Havertz, Demirbay, Diaby, Volland
Subs: Tah, Dragovic, Bailey, Amiri, Alario, Wendell, Weiser, Wirtz, Ozcan, Lomb, Bellarabi
How to watch
TV channel: The match will be televised live on BT Sport 2, with coverage starting from 7:45pm.
Alexis Sanchez is available after completing his permanent move from Manchester United.
As for Leverkusen, Chelsea eyes will be on Kai Havertz with the 21-year-old a top transfer target for the Blues.
Prediction: Inter Milan 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen
Leverkusen and Inter have both qualified for the Champions League already so this should be a game played with a certain amount of freedom.
The German side have plenty of threats all over the pitch, although Inter should have the steel needed to secure victory.
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