Europa League: Inter set up Sevilla final after thrashing Shakhtar

first_imgA magnificent Inter performance saw them thrash Shakhtar Donetsk 5-0 to reach the Europa League Final on Monday night, with Lautaro Martinez and Romelu Lukaku braces. The winners go on to face Sevilla in the Final on Friday, as the Spaniards knocked Manchester United out last night. Read Also: Juventus linked with Suarez, Griezmann amid Barca exit talksThe Belgian wasn’t done yet, as he gathered from Stefan de Vrij in midfield, sprinted past Khocholava and nutmegged the goalkeeper for 5-0 and his personal brace.Substitute Sebastiano Esposito threatened a sixth, but was caught offside and hit the side-netting anyway.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Stefan de Vrij made a decisive block after Dodo controlled a cross-field pass to roll across for Junior Moraes, but Inter’s high press was paying dividends, the seemingly ever-present Barella stinging Andriy Pyatov’s gloves from a tricky angle. When Shakhtar did manage to put together a long string of passes towards half-time, it was concluded by Marcos Antonio firing just over from the D. Lautaro Martinez almost doubled his tally after the restart, catching defenders in possession and immediately unleashing a lob, but Pyatov at full stretch managed to claw it out of the empty net. Romelu Lukaku curled just wide of the far post, but Shakhtar had their first real chance on 62 minutes when Junior Moraes aimed a header straight at Samir Handanovic, who made an instinctive save from close range. However, Inter doubled their lead moments later, as a Marcelo Brozovic corner found Danilo D’Ambrosio from six yards, barely even jumping, as he just steered the header back across into the far top corner. Lukaku wasted a promising opportunity, but it was only a warning for Inter’s third goal. It was Brozovic who won back the ball with the high press this time, Lukaku and Roberto Gagliardini combining to set up Lautaro for a lovely curled finish low into the far bottom corner from the edge of the area. The Argentine could’ve gone for a hat-trick after skipping past three defenders, but instead he placed a wonderful disguised pass through for Lukaku, who fired in the angled drive with his left foot for 4-0. It was another record, his 10th consecutive Europa League game on target. Loading… center_img Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Best Cars Of All TimeThese TV Characters Left The Show And It Just Got Better10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too SoonCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoTop 10 Enemies Turned Friends in TV Both sides came into this competition via the Champions League group stage and were in good form, the Nerazzurri unbeaten in 10 and the Ukrainians in 11. Alexis Sanchez made a rapid recovery for a spot on the bench, but Matias Vecino was out, while Shakhtar had Davit Khocholava back from suspension. Inter broke through with practically the first chance of the game after a cagey start. Nicolò Barella’s pressing saw him intercept a loose ball, burst down the right and whip in a cross for the glancing Lautaro Martinez header, his first goal in the Europa League this season. The Argentine did well to get in front of Serhiy Kryvtsov. There were three Inter players flinging themselves at a cross from the left and still couldn’t get it in the net, although at least one was eventually offside.last_img read more

Jol fears for his job

first_img Press Association It has cranked up the pressure even more on Jol, although the Fulham manager insists he welcomed the initiative. “Sometimes you have to change something to get back to winning ways and I thought it was necessary to get someone like him and I think it has paid off in training,” Jol said. “Players have responded to it and some have got a new lease of life. “We are not a typical club with problems. There is a good atmosphere and spirit, a good rhythm too in training. I feel we are good enough to get higher up the league.” The statistics, however, are worrying. Fulham have scored 11 goals but conceded a hefty 21 and have lost seven of their past 10 Premier League games, conceding 11 goals in their past four matches. On Saturday at Upton Park they might well be boosted by the return from injury of central defender Brede Hangeland but striker Dimitar Berbatov is doubtful after feeling unwell. Jol is anxious to promote a sense of unity to get the fans back on side against a struggling West Ham who are one place above Fulham in the league, courtesy of goal difference. “It’s not about me, it is about us,” said Jol. “It’s a big week because if we could manage to win two games we would be fine. “My message is you have to back the players. If you talk about Berbatov or Bryan Ruiz, they are different they are skilful players, but they are giving 100 per cent, believe me, even though they look a bit different. “I feel it is trust and belief needed by the fans that they will do their best for the club. After the match it does not matter if they boo them off the pitch, or me, but during the game we need support. “There is always pressure and you have to set your targets. We talk about targets with the players. Our target is to get enough points to be over 20 points after Christmas.” Manager Martin Jol admits two back-to-back London derbies could determine his future as Fulham manager. Fulham play West Ham on Saturday and Tottenham on Wednesday following a desperate run of five defeats in a row which have left them occupying a relegation position in the Barclays Premier League. The Fulham faithful have begun to vent their anger, chanting ‘Jol out’ during and after matches and players such as Costa Rican winger Bryan Ruiz have borne the brunt of some lacerating criticism. Jol, whose side have just 10 points from 12 matches, remains confident of escaping his predicament, but said: “You don’t have to talk to an owner to be aware of the fact that you need points to get back to a winning culture, to a little bit of stability. “You can lose once or twice but you can’t lose four or five times on the trot. That will put you in a bad position. “One win will get us back among others and take the pressure off and then hopefully we could have a good run like last year.” Asked if he believed his position as manager was safe, Jol added: “If we win, yeah. If we don’t, I don’t know. It is always difficult. “If I was on the board or an owner I would be worrying. “We need wins. Every game is almost a must-win game. That is what I have told everyone. “If you are at a club like Fulham or Stoke or Swansea you always get times when things could go wrong and you have to try to get back to winning ways.” Two weeks ago Fulham appointed Rene Meulensteen, who had success with Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, to work with Jol as head coach. last_img read more