Europa League: Lukaku & Martinez Score Brace As Inter Thrash Shakhtar To Reach Finals
Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez both scored twice as Inter Milan stormed into a first European final in 10 years with a 5-0 thrashing of Shakhtar Donetsk in Dusseldorf.
Martinez struck his first in the 19th minute, heading in from Nicolo Barella‘s cross after the midfielder had been gifted possession from a dire attempted clearance by Shakhtar goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov.
Danilo D’Ambrosio rose highest in the area to head home Marcelo Brozovic‘s corner just after the hour before Martinez side-footed in his second to seal the win and Lukaku came to the party with two neat finishes of his own.
Former Manchester United striker Lukaku has now scored in 10 straight Europa League games and has 33 goals for the season.
Martinez and Lukaku’s prolific partnership has been the source of much of Inter’s success and they took their tally to a combined 54 for the season.
Shakhtar’s only real chance was admittedly a very good one, but Junior Moraes headed straight at Samir Handanovic from just a few yards out for what would have been an equaliser.
Inter have the chance to claim a first trophy since 2011 when they face Sevilla in Friday’s final in Cologne.