Tom Mackinnon
Tom Mackinnon

The Rebirth of Romelu Lukaku

Tom Mackinnon
Tom Mackinnon

Shakhtar had quietly gone under the radar in the lead up to their Europa League semi-final tie with Inter, playing some truly mesmeric football and were looking like the dark horses to win the tournament. Then came Lautaro and Lukaku, and dreams of a second-ever European title were quickly and emphatically extinguished in Monday night’s 5-0 massacre.

With both Lautaro Martinez and Romelu Lukaku grabbing a brace and an assist in the rout, it was the Belgian that caught the eye most often. The speed and style of Inter’s main man really hurt the Ukrainians in much the same way he has done so often since switching from the rain and doubt of Manchester to the support and sun of Milan this season. The 23-year-old took his tally for the campaign to 33 after scoring in his 10th straight Europa League game, adding Shakhtar to a list that includes Bayer Leverkusen and Getafe to name but a few. He’ll backing himself to make that 11-in-a-row when he lines up against Sevilla in the final of the tournament, and should he grab another goal, he’ll join Ronaldo in having the most prolific maiden season in his new club’s history.

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