Inter Milan 2-1 Bayer 04 Leverkusen: Romelu Lukaku sets victory record for Italians

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Romelu Lukaku has scored eight goals in his last five Europa League appearances for Everton and scored four of four for Inter

Romelu Lukaku scored for a ninth consecutive Europa League game as Inter Milan beat Bayer Leverkusen in Düsseldorf to reach the semi-finals.

Nicolo Barella fired home an excellent 20-yard shot to give Inter the lead.

Lukaku controlled Ashley Young’s pass, became a defender and scored his 31st goal of the season.

Kai Havertz smashed the six-yard house to give Leverkusen hope, but they couldn’t find a leveler to force extra time in the single match.

Antonio Conte’s side will face the winner of Shakhtar Donetsk against Basel in the semi-final on August 17, also in Düsseldorf.

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

He prepared twice for a penalty – in the first half and in added time at the end – but both times the decisions were overturned by the video assistant referee.

The Italian side could have beaten Leverkusen more with Lukaku forcing Lukas Hradecky to make a good save and former Premier League players Christian Eriksen, Alexis Sanchez and Victor Moses closing in after coming off the bench.

Lukaku’s streak in the Europa League
August 10, 2020: Inter Milan 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen12 mars 2015: Everton 2-1 Dynamo Kiev
August 5, 2020: Inter Milan 2-0 GetafeFebruary 26, 2015: Everton 3-1 Young Boys (two goals)
February 27, 2020: Inter Milan 2-1 LudogoretsFebruary 19, 2015: Young Boys 1-4 Everton (three goals)
February 20, 2020: Ludogorets 0-2 Inter Milan27 novembre 2014: Wolfsburg 0-2 Everton
19 mars 2015: Dynamo Kiev 5-2 Everton

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

Eight managers failed to lead them to the silverware between Leonardo and Conte, who took over last summer.

They already had their best Serie A season at the time, finishing second, one point behind champions Juventus.

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