Inter 5-0 Shakhtar: Martínez and Lukaku lead Nerazzurri cruise

Lautaro Martínez and Romelu Lukaku both scored twice as Inter eased into a final against Sevilla.

Highlights: Internazionale 5-0 Shakhtar Donetsk
Highlights: Internazionale 5-0 Shakhtar Donetsk

Inter reached the final for the first time since 1998 with an emphatic display in Düsseldorf.

Inter vs Shakhtar: as it happened


Match in brief

Antonio Conte's side took the lead from the first presentable chance of the game as Nicolò Barella seized on a wayward Andriy Pyatov clearance, darted past Mykola Matviyenko and crossed for Lautaro Martínez to glance in. Luís Castro's Shakhtar were industrious but struggled to create, Marcos Antônio firing over their only notable attempt before the break.

Lautaro Martínez celebrates his opening goal
Lautaro Martínez celebrates his opening goalInter via Getty Images

A two-minute spell in the second half proved pivotal. Samir Handanovič's reflexes denied Júnior Moraes an equaliser and Inter responded by winning a corner that Danilo D'Ambrosio firmly dispatched with a header from Marcelo Brozović's deep delivery.

Inter were purring now. Martínez curled in his second from the edge of the box before cutely teeing up Romelu Lukaku for number four. The Belgian then powered away to add his 33rd goal of the season in all competitions and cap an imperious Nerazzurri performance.

Danilo D'Ambrosio jumps for joy after making it 2-0
Danilo D'Ambrosio jumps for joy after making it 2-0Inter via Getty Images

Reporters' views

Paolo Menicucci, Inter

A spectacular exhibition of strength for Inter, who are continuing to grow game after game and reached another European final ten years after winning the UEFA Champions League in 2010. A rock-solid defence, a dynamic midfield, great personality and two strikers like Lukaku and Martínez in fantastic form! A marvellous crescendo that cannot fail to impress even the Europa League kings Sevilla.

Bohdan Buga, Shakhtar

Much as I hate to admit, it was one-way traffic. Shakhtar tried to hold out in the first half but after the break there was little belief in their play. However, despite this slap in the face, the Pitmen should be proud of themselves for this campaign overall, and still bow out with good grace.

Romelu Lukaku fires in number four for Inter
Romelu Lukaku fires in number four for InterUEFA via Getty Images

Reaction

Romelu Lukaku, Inter striker: "We knew that as long as we kept central defence closed, we wouldn't have any problems because our physicality was too much for them. In the second half, our movement and our patterns of play disrupted them. We came here to win but Sevilla are going to be the favourites."

Lautaro Martínez, Inter striker: "It was an incredible night, something we have been dreaming of. We proved that Inter are ready for great things, we are ready for the final. I'm very happy with my goals because I have had a difficult period in terms of scoring, but mostly I'm happy for the team. We are growing day after day, a perfect mix of experienced players and youngsters."

Davit Khocholava, Shakhtar defender: "We've come a long way in Europe but this game took the shine off [our achievements]. I don't think the scoreline was fair. We made many mistakes and paid for them. We couldn't show our football. Their second goal destroyed us mentally. Inter have two fantastic strikers. It was very hard to play against them in one-on-one situations."

Shakhtar's hopes of a first European final since 2009 are over
Shakhtar's hopes of a first European final since 2009 are overGetty Images

Key stats

  • Inter will make their fifth appearance in the UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League decider – only final opponents Sevilla, who are in the showpiece for the sixth time, have featured more.
  • Inter have scored during the first half in nine of their last ten European matches.
  • Romelu Lukaku has now scored in ten consecutive appearances in the UEFA Europa League; the longest goalscoring run by a player in UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League history.
  • Lautaro Martínez scored five times in his six appearances in this season's UEFA Champions League group stage but was without a goal in four European games before this evening.
  • Shakhtar have kept only one clean sheet in their 12 European matches this season.

Line-ups

Inter: Handanovič; Godín, De Vrij, Bastoni; D’Ambrosio (Moses 81), Barella, Brozović (Sensi 85), Gagliardini, Young (Biraghi 66); Martínez (Eriksen 81), Lukaku (Esposito 85)

Shakhtar: Pyatov; Dodô, Kryvtsov, Khocholava, Matviyenko; Marcos Antônio, Stepanenko; Marlos (Konoplyanka 75), Alan Patrick (Solomon 59), Taison; Júnior Moraes

What's next

Inter will face Sevilla in the final in Cologne on Friday 21 August.