Inter-Viktoria Plzen 4-0, the Nerazzurri within the second spherical
Mkhitaryan, a double from Dzeko and the returning Lukaku resolve on the San Siro. The Nerazzurri certified with one spherical to spare
Inter beat Viktoria Plzen 4-0 to qualify for the final 16 of the Champions League with a spherical to spare. On the San Siro, the Nerazzurri struggled within the first half hour, then broke the impasse with a header from Mkhitaryan (35′). Earlier than the remainder, the successful tap-in of Dzeko (42′). The Bosnian closes the sport within the 66th minute with a exact low shot. On the age of 83, it’s seen once more Lukaku after two months and the Belgian solely takes 4′ to seek out the way in which to the aim with a superb left foot (87′).
Victory needed to be and victory was. To Inzaghi’s credit score, Inter didn’t fall into Viktoria’s lure and earned their first aim of the season. A hit that additionally offers new life to the championship, the place the Nerazzurri will lastly have yet another weapon, Romelu Lukaku, dealing with Naples and Milan. The magical night at San Siro chases away the ghosts of some years in the past, when the Champions League final 16 pale away proper in entrance of this glorious crowd that supported the gamers from begin to end final minute It was recognized that towards the Czechs it was the basic problem to unlock as shortly as attainable to have the ability to put it downhill, it took greater than half an hour however after Mkhitaryan’s aim there was now not a sport with the technical superiority of the hosts who they’re overwhelmed particularly within the second half.
Inzaghi chooses Acerbi as an alternative of De Vrij within the heart of defence, Dimarco is the excessive left winger with the attacking pair Dzeko-Lautaro Martínez. Lukaku on the bench for the primary time since his damage on August 28. Belik switches to a three-man protection and chooses Bassey as a ahead as an alternative of the large Chory. The stakes for the Nerazzurri are excessive and the nervousness is seen, with a couple of errors within the performs and a not very fluid sport, additionally because of a Viktoria that solely thinks about defending itself and does it with a sure order, holding the traces very shut and leaving only a few areas. Farris, who replaces the suspended Inzaghi, preaches order and calm, even when the minutes move and Stanek will not be in an excessive amount of hazard. Not less than till the twenty fourth minute, when the Czech keeper saves with an open arm on the conclusion of some Dimarco after which repeats with a header from Mkhitaryan. The visitor wall is beginning to present the primary lotions and crackling loudly. Dzeko fails to capitalize on Dimarco’s umpteenth drop, failing to seek out the aim on the close to publish from a couple of steps (32′) and two minutes later Hejda responds on the fly to Lautaro’s flip. The aim is within the air and within the thirty fifth minute Viktoria capitulates: Bastoni goes deep and places it within the space, Mkhitaryan comes out from behind Dzeko and beats Stanek with a header within the nook. The Armenian, already decisive 4 days in the past in Florence, repeats and confirms the nice second of type. The aim achieved definitively unlocks Inter, which leaves behind fears and ghosts of the previous. So, earlier than the break, the deserved double arrives: Barella’s splendid throw for Dimarco, stopped on the run and the ball within the space for Dzeko’s successful tap-in (42′).
Belik leaves Jirka and Bassey within the dressing room and Holik and Chory enter. The Czechs have a begin initially of the second half, however by now the inertia is all on the facet of Inter and there’s actually no story within the second half. The publish within the fifty fifth minute denies Mkhitaryan an encore, then Stanek pushes previous Lautaro outdoors (57′). The third aim is within the air and Dzeko scores it once more with a low and correct shot with an help from Toro. That is how the credit of the match fall, however there’s nonetheless time for probably the most awaited return: Lukaku enters the sphere within the 83rd minute and it solely takes 4′ to depart his mark on the sport, a left diagonal that explodes San Siro. There could not be a greater comeback and the Nerazzurri widespread social gathering can start.
Dzeko 8 – The 2 targets are simply the icing on the cake of a complete check, as a firefighter, as an offensive midfielder and all the time on the service of the staff. These of Viktoria, to whom he has scored 12 targets in his profession, hope to not cross his path once more.
Mkhitaryan 7.5 – Hero on the Franchi for the aim within the ninety fifth minute, the Armenian additionally repeats tonight, unlocking a sport that risked getting sophisticated. Within the second half solely the pole denied him the double. In overflowing type.
Tuesday 7.5 – He reacts like a champion to the unhealthy check in Florence with a race of nice high quality and amount. On the left is an inexhaustible scooter and offers assists and performs. inexhaustible
Bunk mattress 7 – Profession and willpower on the service of the staff, assorted all through the sphere and all the time on the heart of the motion. Applause for Dimarco’s lance for the help on the second aim.
Lukaku 6.5 – He returns after two months and it solely takes 4′ to depart his mark demolishing the San Siro stadium to the delight of the followers.
Stanek 6.5 – Take 4 targets and keep away from a minimum of that many. It’s the better of his, a transparent indication of the inconsistent check of his friends.
INTER-VICTORIA PLZEN 4-0
Inter (3-5-2): Onana 6; Skriniar 6.5, Unripe 6.5, Sticks 7; Dumfries 6, Barella 7, Calhanoglu 6.5 (26’st Asllani 6), Mkhitaryan 7.5 (38’st Gagliardini sv), Dimarco (32’st Gosens 7.5); Dzeko 8 (twenty sixth Correa 6), Lautaro Martinez 6.5 (thirty eighth Lukaku 6.5). A disp.: Handanovic, Cordaz, De Vrij, Bellanova, D’Ambrosio, Darmian. all: Farris (Inzaghi suspended)
Viktoria Plzen (3-4-2-1): Stanek 6.5; Hejda 5, Pernica 5, Tijani 5 (7′ st Jemelka 5.5); Havel 5, Bucha 5, Kalvach 5.5 (25′ st Ndiaye 5.5), Mosquera 5; Jirka 5 (1′ st Holik 5), Vlkanova 5.5 (39′ st Pilar sv); Bassey 5 (1’st Chory 5). A disp.: Trvdon, Jedlicka, Cermak. all: buy 5
referee: Ekberg (Sweden)
markers: 35′ Mkhitaryan (I), 42′ and 21′ st Dzeko (I), 42′ st Lukaku (I)
Ammonites: Flycatcher (V), Pernica (V)
Simone Inzaghi is the primary coach able to taking Inter to the final 16 of the Champions League in two consecutive seasons since José Mourinho (2008/09 and 2009/10).
Inter have received a Champions League sport by a minimum of three targets for the primary time since September 2010 (4-0 towards Werder Bremen).
Solely Cristiano Ronaldo (12) has scored extra Champions League targets after turning 35 than Edin Dzeko (six – overtaking Didier Drogba with 5).
Edin Dzeko has all the time scored in all 5 Champions League video games towards Viktoria Plzen, scoring eight targets (29% of his UCL targets), a minimum of 5 greater than towards some other staff.
Solely Cristiano Ronaldo (10 towards Juventus; 9 towards Ajax and Bayern) and Lionel Messi (9 towards Arsenal) have scored extra targets towards a single opponent than Edin Dzeko towards Viktoria Plzen (8) within the Champions League.
Dzeko’s Champions League targets at the moment are six with Inter, making him the second staff the Bosnian has scored most targets for within the competitors (15 Roma, 6 Inter, 4 Wolfsburg, 3 Man Metropolis).
Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s six Champions League targets got here with 4 totally different groups (Shakhtar Donetsk, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester United and Inter Milan); solely Zlatan Ibrahimović (6) and Hernán Crespo (5) have scored extra for various groups within the competitors.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has discovered the Champions League aim he has been lacking for 1,855 days – the final on 27 September 2017, in a Manchester United shirt towards CSKA Moscow.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has discovered the again of the online in two consecutive appearances in all competitions for the primary time since Might 2021 (4 on that event for Roma).
Romelu Lukaku has now scored 16 targets within the Champions League, equaling Dries Mertens as Belgium’s high scorer within the competitors.
Nicolò Barella performed his a hundred and fiftieth sport at this time within the Inter shirt in all competitions; for Joaquín Correa it was the fiftieth.
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