Romelu Lukaku has been at his devastating finest all through Inter Milan’s wonderful Europa League marketing campaign.
Within the 5-Zero semi-final thrashing of Shakhtar Donetsk, the Belgian, who joined the Nerazzurri from Manchester United in a £72million deal final summer season, confirmed the Pink Devils what they’re lacking as he hit his tenth and eleventh objectives in ten consecutive Europa League matches.
And he prolonged this file to 11 consecutive matches by opening the scoring within the last, netting from the penalty spot in opposition to Sevilla after solely 5 minutes.
It’s a file stretching all the best way again to his time at Everton, eclipsing Alan Shearer’s feat of scoring in eight straight UEFA Cup matches.
However Lukaku ended up going from hero to zero as Sevilla proved their exceptional European pedigree as soon as once more by successful a file extending sixth Europa League.
Luuk de Jong scored twice to cancel out Lukaku’s opener after which fireplace the Spaniards in entrance, earlier than Diego Godin levelled the tie 9 minutes earlier than the break.
However with solely 15 minutes left on the clock, Diego Carlos’ bicycle kick was diverted into his personal internet by Lukaku to resolve the sport in Sevilla’s favour.
Since swapping Previous Trafford for the San Siro again in 2019, the Belgian has been setting the file straight about how good he can actually be.
His final season with the Pink Devils noticed him frozen out below Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following a 12-game purpose drought below earlier boss Jose Mourinho.
However the 27-year-old is shining for Inter and his longest spell with no purpose has been a mere three video games.
He has additionally netted braces on six events in Serie A, which noticed Inter end simply one-point behind Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus.
His early strike within the last has now put him on 34 strikes in 50 appearances in all competitions this season.
Former Chelsea and Republic of Eire ahead Tony Cascarino admitted on talkSPORT earlier this week that he has been impressed by Lukaku’s growth in Italy.
“I used to assume he was a bit one-dimensional,” started Casc, “however he leads the road brilliantly and likewise has a flip of tempo and an intelligence about his recreation that has undoubtedly improved.”