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Lukaku refuses to be ‘runner up’


Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku refused to collect his runners-up medal after their Europa League final defeat to Sevilla.

The former Manchester United front man open the scoring inside five minutes from the penalty spot, but found himself on the wrong end of a crazy own-goal that ultimately won the match for their Spanish opponents.

Lukaku put his foot out to try and block an overhead kick from Diego Carlos, unaware that it was going wide. However, his touch changed the ball’s path back goal-wards and left goalkeeper Samir Handanovic helpless to try and stop it.


Whilst the audacious and spectacular acrobatic strike from Carlos was initially awarded as the defender’s goal, it was soon changed as an unfortunate Lukaku own goal.

Despite the error, Lukaku played a pivotal part in Inter’s road to the final as he scored in eleven consecutive Europa League matches as Antonio Conte’s side came close to European glory.

His strike to give the Italian’s the lead did not last long, as Sevilla striker Luuk de Jong quickly evened it up with an impressive diving header a few minutes later.

The Dutchman was on hand for his and Sevilla’s second of the night with yet another header – this time from a trickier angle and further out as he impressively looped his effort over the defenders and goalkeeper.


Diego Godin then made it all square with a header of his own before the break to end a fast-paced first half display.

The crucial moment came, however, when Lukaku’s outstretched foot saw the Sevilla players and staff jump for joy with just over ten minutes left on the clock.

The Inter Milan goalscorer had a one-on-one chance during the second period but failed to convert as the LaLiga outfit went on to secure their sixth Europa League title in 14 years.

The aftermath of the defeat was all too much for the Belgian striker, who did not attend the ceremony as the Serie A side were awarded their silver medals.

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Lukaku yet again surpasses another Europa League record


With his strike against Bayer Leverkusen, Romelu Lukaku became the first player to score in nine successive Europa League matches.

Romelu Lukaku scored his ninth successive goal in the Europa League as Inter Milan faced Bayer Leverkusen on Monday, setting a new record in the competition.

Lukaku takes Shearer’s record
The Inter striker put Antonio Conte’s side 2-0 up 21 minutes into the quarter-final clash in Germany, squeezing a low finish in after holding off Edmond Tapsoba, before Kai Havertz pulled one back for Leverkusen. Having matched a long-standing Alan Shearer record with a strike against Getafe last week, Lukaku is the first player to score in nine straight matches in either the UEFA Cup or the Europa League.

The Belgium international had previously appeared in the competition with Everton in 2014-15, scoring in matches against Dynamo Kiev, Young Boys and Wolfsburg. Lukaku looked set to have the chance to add to his tally shortly after Havertz’s strike, when Daley Sinkgraven was penalised for handball, but the spot-kick was overturned after the referee checked with VAR.


In his maiden season in Serie A, former Manchester United striker Lukaku scored 23 league goals for Inter, as they finished second behind Juventus.

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Lukaku: Lautaro is fantastic, I’m happy to play with him, I adore him

Inter striker Romelu Lukaku spoke to his followers on Instagram earlier today, talking about his career and his teammates and whatever other questions were put to him by the fans, with his answers reported by NobleSports Relaible Source

The report details how Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic teased his teammate, calling him ugly, to which the 26-year-old Belgian strike replied: “Marcelo, you’re uglier than me, with that hair you look like a porn star. And I don’t like you, so come back with the same hair as before!”

The former Manchester United midfielder spoke positively about Argentine striker and attacking partner Lautaro Martinez.

“He’s fantastic, even as a youngster. He’s growing up a lot and I’m happy to play with him, I adore him.”

He then touched on the differences between the Premier League and Serie A.

“I think Serie A is good, but there’s a different intensity to Premier League, we take more care of tactical details. But both are beautiful, only each with its own particularities and differences. And I love both Italy and England, both countries have been very welcoming to me.”

Finally, Lukaku confirmed that he has few doubts about being with the Nerazzurri, after a fan suggested that he could leave.

“Leaving Inter? You’re crazy, absolutely not!”

The 26-year-old Belgian striker, who is contracted to the Milanese club until 2024, has made 35 appearances across all competitions so far this season, for a total of 2904 minutes. In that time, he has scored 23 goals and provided five assists, shining under the guidance of coach Antonio Conte.


Odion Ighalo break Lukaku’s record in United.

after yesterday’s effort

The ex-Nigeria international has been in sizzling form in front of goal and continues to raise the bar for dependability following his latest effort

Odion Ighalo has now scored in all his three starts for Manchester United, having found the net in Thursday’s 5-0 victory over LASK in the Europa League.

The Nigerian was handed a starter’s role in the Red Devil’s Last 16 first leg fixture against the Austrians inside Linzer Stadium.
And he justified Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision by putting the English team ahead in the 28th minute.

Bruno Fernandes picked out Ighalo on the edge of the box, with the ex-Watford man juggling the ball to set himself up, before a fierce left-footed strike was unstoppable for goalkeeper Alexander Schlager.

That effort means the 30-year-old has found the net whenever he makes United’s starting XI. Romelu Lukaku was the last player to achieve that feat for the Manchester-based outfit.

In the 58th minute, Ighalo assisted Daniel James for his side’s second goal, while Juan Mata, Mason Greenwood and Andreas Pereira completed the rout.

Thanks to this win, Manchester United take a five-goal advantage into the second leg billed for Old Trafford on March 19.


What Inter’s Romelu Lukaku-Inspired Title Challenge Says About Serie A & the Premier League

Overrated. Bottles the big games. Touch like a bulldozer. Donkey.

Just a flavour of the many, many insults that were hurled at Romelu Lukaku during his time in England. They weren’t all unfounded, but in hindsight, it’s fairly obvious that his scapegoating by Manchester United fans – which ultimately contributed to his dramatic deadline day departure – was, for the most part, unfair.

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1-1: Handanovic’s magic save spare Inter Milan

Samir Handanovic was the hero as his late penalty save earned Inter a 1-1 draw with Champions League hopefuls Atalanta at San Siro.

I Nerazzurri broke the deadlock early on through the prolific Lautaro Martinez, as he capitalised on a defensive slip to lash the ball beyond goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini.

It was almost two minutes later as Martinez again went close, but his effort was cleared off the line as the visitors struggled to get a foothold in the game. Romelu Lukaku was impressive in a first half display that saw Inter’s aggressive style of play push Atalanta onto the back foot, but there was disappointment as a second goal failed to materialise.

Lautaro Martinez,Romelu Lukaku
The visitors could – and perhaps should – have had a penalty when goalscorer Martinez seemingly tripped José Luis Palomino in the box, but their appeals were rejected and Inter took a narrow lead into half time.

Atalanta were much the stronger side in the second half, and almost levelled the game through a superb Ruslan Malinovskiy strike, only to see his curling effort clip the outside of the Inter woodwork.

But their resilience and determination to get back into the game was rewarded with 15 minutes to go, when Robin Gosens expertly flicked the ball beyond Handanovic to set up a nervy ending to the game.

if anybody was going to win it, Atalanta were – and they came mightily close to edging ahead as

Alejandro Gomez crashed a powerful drive against the crossbar.

But their real chance came in the dying embers of the game, as Alessandro Bastoni was penalised for a foul in the box, giving Atalanta the chance to take all three points back to Bergamo.

But Luis Muriel’s subsequent spot-kick was saved brilliantly by Handanovic, who parried the effort away low down to his right-hand side, snatching a valuable point for the league leaders.

The point puts Inter just ahead of Juventus at the top of Serie A, but La Vecchia Signora can return to the summit if they can beat Roma at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday evening.