Europa League against Sevilla, Inter condemned by Lukaku's own goal.
Inter's splendid journey in the Europa League ended in a mocking way. The Nerazzurri lost 3 to 2 against Sevilla due to an unfortunate own goal by Lukaku. For Sevilla, this is even their sixth success in the Uefa Cup / Europa League.
Inter were the first Italian team to reach the final since the Uefa Cup was called the Europa League but unfortunately they failed to raise it to heaven.
Yet the final in Cologne had started in the best way with a goal from Lukaku. The Belgian center forward earned and converted a penalty kick.
But the joy of the advantage lasted very little as Sevilla equalized almost immediately with a header by De Jong from a cross by Navas from the right.
The network galvanized Sevilla who also managed to overtake always with the wild De Jong. Another header but this time from a cross from a dominant Banega.
Inter also managed to react to this difficulty thanks to Godin's header but in the second half the Nerazzurri made mistakes that condemned them.
In fact, Lukaku, who until then had been a positive protagonist, made two very serious mistakes. First he devoured a goal already made by himself in front of the opposing goalkeeper, then he deflected Diego Carlos' overhead kick into the net, giving the trophy to Sevilla.
Conte ended his first season at Inter without trophies but with two second places, one in the league and this one in the Europa League.
Nerazzurri sentenced by an own goal by Lukaku.
Sevilla-Inter in the field for the Europa League final. Lopetegui's Sevilla challenge Inter with Bounou; Jesus Navas, Koundé, Diego Carlos, Reguilon; Jordan, Fernando, Banega; Ocampos, De Jong and Suso.
The team coached by Conte responds to the Spaniards with Handanovic; Godin, De Vrij, Batons; D'Ambrosio, Barella, Brozovic, Gagliardini, Young; Lukaku and L. Martinez.
The match is directed by referee Makkelie (Ola).
Immediate emotions in Cologne. At 2 ', on the development of a corner kick for Sevilla, save on the Inter line on a safe shot by Fernando.
Then the action resumed, Barella served Lukaku who overtook an opponent and was spread out in the penalty area by Diego Carlos.
Net penalty. From eleven meters the specialist Lukaku did not make a mistake in the 4 '. Sevilla draw in the 11th minute. Cross from the right by Jesus Navas and a winning header by De Jong ahead of Godin.
Seville comeback at 32 '. Punishment from the trocar for Banega. The Argentine midfielder's cross found De Jong at the far post. The Sevilla center forward has soared over Gagliardini and scored the double header.
Inter draw at 35 '. A network that is a photocopy of that of Sevilla. Brozovic's cross from the trocar and Godin's perfect detachment. The first half ended on the result of two to two.
At 65 ′, Lukaku evaded the offside trap and presented himself in front of the Sevilla goalkeeper. The Belgian center forward tried to score under his legs but was unable to hit him in full.
Sevilla again in the lead thanks to an incredible own goal by Lukaku in the 74th minute. On the development of a free kick for Sevilla, Diego Carlos kicked towards Inter's goal with a bicycle kick, Lukaku deflected his shot into the net.
It's over, Sevilla have won the sixth Uefa Cup / Europa League in their history.
The match report.
SEVILLE (4-3-3) : Bono; Jesus Navas, Koundé, Diego Carlos (85 ′ Gudelj), Reguilon; Jordan, Fernando, Banega; Ocampos (68 ′ Munir), De Jong (85 ′ En-Nesyri), Suso (77 ′ Vazquez). Available: Vaclik, Javi Diaz, Gomez, Escudero, Oliver, Lara, Genaro, Pablo Perez. Coach: Lopetegui.
INTER (3-5-2) : Handanovic; Godin (90 ′ Candreva), De Vrij, Bastoni; D'Ambrosio (77 ′ Moses), Barella, Brozovic, Gagliardini (77 ′ Eriksen), Young; Lukaku, L. Martinez (77 ′ Sanchez). Available: Padelli, Sensi, Ranocchia, Valero, Esposito, Pirola, Biraghi, Skriniar. Coach: Conte.
REFEREE : Makkelie (Netherlands)
SCORERS : 4 'on rig. Lukaku (I), 12 ′ and 32 ′ De Jong (S), 35 ′ Godin (I), 73 ′ aut. Lukaku (S),
NOTES : Diego Carlos, Banega, (S) bookings; Stretcher, Bastoni, Gagliardini (I). Stoppage time: 1 '- 6'.
Source: Blitz Quotidiano