The favorite of Wednesday’s game in the 5th round of Group D in the Champions League was Inter Milan. The Italian champions, after two victories in a row over Sheriff Tiraspol, counted on the continuation of the winning streak. The Nerazzurri are in a very good shape recently, as evidenced by the recent Serie A win against SSC Napoli, which did not find a conqueror before.
The players of Shakhtar Donetsk, who are still waiting for a premiere victory in the group stage of this elite competition, are in a completely different situation in the Champions League. Roberto De Zerbi’s team managed to score just one point in four rounds.
Simone Inzaghi’s players dictated the terms on the playing field from the very beginning of the meeting. In the 24th minute, Ivan Perisić hit the Ukrainian team’s net, but earlier the referee saw a minimal offside, with Matteo Darmian, who played into the penalty area to the Croatian midfielder. In the 27th minute, Perisic was playing the ball this time in “sixteen”, but Anatoly Trubin managed to parry Edina Dżeko’s head. In the first part, the Bosnian sniper could still take advantage of the mistake in delivering the ball by the visiting goalkeeper, but Trubin corrected his mistake and stopped the attack of the local striker again.
In the 37th minute, Lautaro Martinez fell in the visitors’ penalty area and the hosts demanded a penalty. However, the referee Ovidiu Hategan remained unmoved, and the rightness of his decision was confirmed by VAR.
The players of the Ukrainian team were not limited only to the defense, from time to time they visited Inter’s penalty area, but the fans gathered at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza did not finally see goals in the first half.
In the 57th minute, the Italian champions found their way to the net again. Just before the shot was fired, Lautaro Martinez pushed Mykola Matwijenko aside, which did not escape the attention of the referees and once again the goal was not scored.
Four minutes later, nothing took Simone Inzaghi’s side from the goal. Shakhtar’s defense was patched up by Ivan Perisic with Edin Dżeko. After Perisic’s center, Matteo Darmian’s shot was blocked in the penalty box, but with Dżeko’s rebound the visitors’ goalkeeper was helpless.
Bosniak six minutes later stripped the remnants of their dreams from the Ukrainian team. Following an individual action by Perisic, the 35-year-old striker completed the formalities by hitting his head.
Inter did not push the pace until the end of the match and could deservedly add three points to its achievements. In the 82nd minute the honorary goal for the visitors should have been scored by the Dodo, but Samir Handanovic was saved by the post.
The defeat in Milan means that the team from Donetsk will definitely say goodbye to the European cups this season before the end of the group struggle. Shakhtar is by far the weakest team in the Champions League Group D.
Inter Milan – Shakhtar Donetsk 2: 0 (0: 0)
Goals: Edin Dżeko (61., 67.)