Europa League: Lukaku Sets Record As Inter March Into Semifinals

Inter's Romelu Lukaku jubilates after scoring the goal of 1-0 during the Italian Cup round of 16 match between FC Inter and Cagliari Calcio at the Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 14 January 2020.

Romelu Lukaku scored for a record ninth straight Europa League game as Inter Milan reached the semifinals with victory over Bayer Leverkusen in Dusseldorf on Monday.

Lukaka’s strike from an Ashley Young’s assist put Inter 2-0 up after Nicolo Barella’s excellent shot from outside tbe box gave them the lead.

Lukaku is the first player to ever score in nine Uefa Cup or Europa League matches in a row, although that run includes five games for Everton in 2014-15.

The Belgian has now scored 31 times in all competitions in his debut season for Antonio Conte’s side.
Chelsea target Kai Havertz fired home from six yards out to give Leverkusen hope but they could not find a leveller to force extra time in the one-off tie.

Inter will face the winner of Shakhtar Donetsk v Basel in the semi-final on 17 August, also in Dusseldorf.

The Italians could have won by more but the VAR twice overturned penalty calls in each half.

Former Super Eagles forward Victor Moses also went close after emerging from the bench as did Christian Eriksen and Alexis Sanchez.

Inter are now only two games away from winning their first trophy since the Coppa Italia in 2011.