Inter Milan 4-0 Viktoria Plzen: Hosts progress Barcelona are eliminated


Romelu Lukaku scored just four minutes after replacing Lautaro Martinez in his first appearance since August

Inter Milan secured their place in the Champions League knockout stages and sent Barcelona into the Europa League with victory over Viktoria Plzen.

Substitute Romelu Lukaku marked his return from injury with a late goal as Inter comfortably secured the victory they needed to progress to the last 16.

Edin Dzeko scored twice after Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s opener.

Inter’s final opponents Bayern Munich will clinch top spot in Group C if they beat Barcelona on Wednesday.

Barcelona, ​​who host Bayern at 20:00 BST, finished third and secured their place in Europe’s second-tier competition for the second consecutive season.

Simone Inzaghi’s Inter, who held their destiny in their own hands With a 3-3 draw in Barcelona a fortnight ago, they are two points behind Bayern after taking 10 points from five games.

After Inzaghi’s touch penalty, Federico Dimarco was denied by Plzen goalkeeper Jindrich Stan, as Inter dominated the San Siro from the start.

Midfielder Mkhitaryan headed home Alessandro Bastoni’s cross from the left to break the deadlock with Inter’s 10th attempt in the 35th minute.

Dzeko scored from Dimarco’s pass to double the Czech champions’ lead before the break.

10 minutes into the second half, Mkhitaryan hit the post, but Dzeko’s second, assisted by Lautaro Martinez, put the result in doubt.

Lukaku added a fourth four minutes after coming off the bench in his first appearance since August with a groin injury.

The eleven

Inter Milan

training 3-5-2

  • 24drunk
  • 37Skriniar
  • 15Immature
  • 95Sticks
  • 2Dumfries
  • 23Extender
  • 20Calhanoglureplaced byaslanin 71′minutes
  • 22Mkhitaryanreplaced byGagliardiniin 83′minutes
  • 32Dimarcoreplaced byGosensin 77′minutes
  • 10Martinezreplaced byLukakuin 83′minutes
  • 9Dzekoreplaced byCorreain 71′minutes

replacements

  • 1Handanovic
  • 5Gagliardini
  • 6free
  • 8Gosens
  • 11Correa
  • 12Bellanova
  • 14aslan
  • 21by string
  • 33D’Ambrosio
  • 36Darmian
  • 90Lukaku

Victoria Pilsen

training 3-4-2-1

  • 36by Stan
  • 2stop it
  • 4GingerbreadBooked in 49 minutes
  • 3Tijanireplaced byButtercupin 52′minutes
  • 24Havel
  • 23Kalvachreplaced byN’Diayein 70′minutes
  • 20the bush
  • 18to the mosqueBooked in 45 minutes
  • 77Bodyreplaced bythe barberin 45′minutes
  • 88Vlkanovareplaced byPilarin 84′minutes
  • 90Basseyreplaced byIllin 45′minutes

replacements

  • 6Pilar
  • 13Tvrdon
  • 15Ill
  • 16Jedlicka
  • 21Buttercup
  • 25Cerms
  • 44the barber
  • 99N’Diaye

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