After 25 minutes, there was already a 2-1 lead on the scoreboard for Internazionale in the game that started at 9 PM. After an alleged handball from former Ajax player Daley Sinkgraven, the ball hit the spot for Inter a minute later, with Stefan de Vrij in the starting line-up. But in extremis the VAR decided that arbitrator Carlos Del Cerro Grande should take a look and that Romelu Lukaku should not moor. This to the relief of Sinkgraven and Leverkusen trainer Peter Bosz.
The Spanish arbitrator seemed to have to be convinced by his assistants in the video room, but he eventually went overboard. Rightly so. More than the point of the shoulder of Sinkgraven (see photo) the ball had not touched in Leverkusen’s sixteen-meter prayer. On the stroke of half time the left leg from Assen did get a yellow card for a hard charge.
After fifteen minutes, Nicolo Barella opened the score for Inter with the outside on the right. Five minutes later, Romelu Lukaku doubled the score. The strong Belgian put Edmond Tapsoba aside and fumbled the ball out of the turn. The Belgian managed to find the goal against Bayer Leverkusen for the ninth consecutive Europa League match, an absolute record. Leverkusen seemed dead and buried, but out of nowhere, Kai Havertz made the connection goal.
Although Inter should have decided before half time, Leverkusen is still in the race for a place in the semi-finals of the Europa League in the second half. The quarter-finals and semi-finals are completed as single encounters.
In addition to the meeting between Inter and Leverkusen, Manchester United and FC Basel will also face each other on Tuesday. The other two quarter-finals in the Europa League are scheduled for Wednesday. Shakhtar Donetsk faces FC Basel, while Wolverhampton Wanderers faces multiple winners Sevilla. The club from Spain won the second European Cup in 2006, 2007, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
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