Italy’s Inter boosted their hopes of reaching the round of 16 of the Champions League, after winning a precious 2-0 victory against its Ukrainian guest, Shakhtar Donetsk, on Wednesday in the fifth (penultimate) round of the fourth group matches of the group stage of the continental competition.
Inter, who continued their awakening by achieving their third win in a row, advanced to the top of the group standings (temporarily), after raising their score to 10 points, a point ahead of their closest rivals, Real Madrid, who is a guest of Sheriff Tiraspol of Moldova, who is in third place with six points, in Later today on the same tour.
On the other hand, Shakhtar’s balance froze at one point, to remain at the bottom of the standings, and officially bid farewell to European competitions this season.
The Bosnian star, Edin Dzeko, wore the dress of mastery in the match, after scoring the Italian team’s goals in the 61st and 67th minutes. , when he followed a cross from the left, to shoot from inside the penalty area, but he put the ball over the crossbar.
Over time, Shakhtar began to enter the atmosphere of the match, and he had his first chance in the 16th minute through a creeping shot from Dudu, to the left of Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, who grabbed the ball firmly. Lautaro Martinez kicked from inside the area in the 21st minute, but his shot hit the defense to go out to a corner, executed by Hakan Calhanoglu, to be followed by Alessandro Bastoni, who hit a sloppy header that passed near the left post.
Ivan Bereşites scored a goal for Inter in the 25th minute, but it was quickly canceled, due to the fact that his colleague Matteo Darmian fell into the offside trap before passing the ball from which the Croatian player’s goal came. Dzeko almost opened the scoring for Inter in the 27th minute, as he followed a cross from the left, to hit a header that Shakhtar goalkeeper Anatoly Tropin, with great difficulty, rebounded quickly for the Ukrainian team, as Fernando dos Santos started from the middle of the field, before he fired from Inside the area, but the ball hit the defense to go out to a corner.
Bastoni fired a shell from outside the area in the 29th minute, it went to Tropin’s arms, a shot from the edge of the area was met by Fernando in the 31st minute, it went over the crossbar.
Dzeko missed a real chance to score for Inter in the 37th minute, when a wrong pass from Tropin reached him, to shoot directly from inside the area, but he knocked the ball over the crossbar.
Shakhtar threatened the Inter goal again, as Pedrinio shot from outside the area in the 41st minute, and Handanovic had it on the lookout, so Martinez responded with a shot that Tropin was able to address.
Dzeko missed another opportunity in the 45th minute, when the ball was prepared in front of him inside the area, to shoot without harassment from anyone, but he put the ball along the right post, so that the first half ended in a goalless draw.
Inter maintained their attacking activity at the beginning of the second half, as Perisic shot from inside the area in the 47th minute in the hands of Tropin, before Martinez fired from inside the area in the 55th minute, hitting the defense to leave an unused corner.
Martinez scored a goal in the 57th minute, but it was canceled because he pushed one of Shakhtar’s defenders, to endure the 61st minute, the good news for Inter, who opened the scoring through Dzeko. The Bosnian player followed Darmian’s shot, which rebounded from the defense, to shoot directly from inside the area, putting the ball to the right of Tropin, who tried to stop it in vain, to hug the net. Inter intensified their attacks in an attempt to enhance the result, especially in light of the confusion that Shakhtar suffered after Dzeko’s goal, so that the same player returned and scored the second goal for the Italian team in the 67th minute.
Dzeko received a perfect cross pass from the left through Perisic, to hit a superb header, a few steps from the goal, to put the ball to the left of Tropin into the net. Inter’s rhythm calmed down after the second goal, allowing Shakhtar to threaten his own goal, as Artem Bondarenko shot from outside the area in the 80th minute, it passed right next to the left post. Dodo missed a certain opportunity to reduce the difference in the 83rd minute, after a series of passes between the Shakhtar players, the ball reached the Brazilian player, who is in front of the goal, who shot very comfortably, but he placed the ball very strangely at the right post and then outside the field. The two teams exchanged attacks timidly during the remaining time of the match, ending the match with a precious victory for Inter 2-0 over Shakhtar.