Evil tongues will say that Bayer Leverkusen is not an ogre on a continental scale but will still recognize that this time, Romelu Lukaku was decisive, even if his goal is not academic but occurs after a good management of the ball, during a match at stake, in this case a European quarter-final, which more is disputed in only one round, without the right to the error. Against the Germans, in Düsseldorf but in a still hopelessly empty enclosure, the Devil doubled the stake for Inter after twenty minutes of play, just six minutes after the opening scoring of Nicolo Barella. The awakening thanks to Kai Havertz and the many failures in the finishing zone did not lead to consequences: Inter are in the semi-finals of the Europa League, it will be Sunday, in Cologne, against the winner of the duel between the Shakhtar Donetsk and FC Basel.
Romelu Lukaku adapted at breakneck speed to his new surroundings. This season, he now has… 31 goals and 5 assists in 49 matches. Above all, this Monday evening, he entered the history of the C3. Never in the UEFA Cup or the Europa League, whatever the denomination, a player had shaken the net in nine consecutive matches, it is done and it is signed Romelu Lukaku, who has distinguished himself every time that he took part in this competition from the rose planted on November 27, 2014 against Wolfsburg. In total, not nine goals but … twelve, since there had been a hat-trick and a brace against Young Boys in February 2015.
The Red Devil did not look into his personal performance in the post-match interview, preferring to highlight the behavior of the group. Even if everything is not necessarily perfect. “I’m happy for the team. It was a tough game but I think we could have scored a lot more because we really missed a lot of chances. But we won and that’s the most important. From now on, we must recover well from this performance and then prepare, both physically and mentally, for the semi-final which will be a new battle, knowing that we have a great opportunity to take a new step. ”