The Nerazzurri quickly got off the starting blocks and took the lead after fifteen minutes via a beautiful goal from Nicolo Barella, with a kick with the outside of his foot. Ten minutes later it was Lukaku’s turn. ‘Big Rom’ put the 2-0 on the board by holding off his direct opponent as he fell to the ground.
Immediately good for the sixth European game in a row in which Lukaku hits for Inter. Record number one. It was also the ninth Europa League game in a row that the Red Devil shook the nets, starting in 2014 with Everton. No one ever did better. Record number two.
Not much later, super talent Kai Havertz made it 2-1 for Leverkusen, after which Inter first received a penalty, but then no longer due to intervention by the VAR.
Lukaku has already scored 30 goals in 59 European appearances, including 17 goals in 31 games in the Europa League: five for Anderlecht, eight for Everton and four for Inter. His current series started in November 2014 when he scored for Everton against Wolfsburg (1-1).