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Tottenham struggled to pass the second qualifying round of the Europa League

With Tottenham beating Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the Europa League qualifiers, coach Jose Mourinho has reached 100 wins in the European Cup arena.

After the defeat against Everton in the opening round of the Premier League, coach Jose Mourinho was determined to win the Europa League qualifiers, thereby regaining the spirit and confidence for the whole team.

So, the Portuguese army launched a very strong squad during the trip to Lokomotiv’s field, with stars like Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Steven Bergwijn, or Giovani Lo Celso.

With a team and outstanding class, Tottenham easily controlled the game and pushed Lokomotiv to support. Son Heung-min is the most prominent player in the Spurs attack. The speedy moves of the Korean star have made the defenders of the home team suffer.

In the first half, the English team launched a total of 8 shots but never converted into a goal. Lokomotiv’s defense played drastically, ready to make mistakes when necessary to minimize the attack of the visitors. 0-0 is the score for the first 45 minutes.

After the break, Tottenham maintained an overwhelming stance, but the most important thing was that the goal was yet to come to them. Lokomotiv defended tightly, even unexpectedly had a goal to open the score in the 71st minute.

Striker Georgi Minchev headed close to the wall after Dimitar Iliev’s pass. Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris did not have any reflexes in this situation because the finish was too close.

The home team has only 9 people left in the time remaining

After this goal, Mourinho’s students frantically attacked, causing Lokomotiv’s defense to only last until 78 minutes. Dinis Almeida had to receive a second yellow card after using a hand to play in the penalty area. In finance, he continued to draw a second yellow card with Birsent Karageren when this player reacted too harshly. The home team has only 9 people left in the time remaining.

At 11m, Harry Kane did not miss a golden opportunity to equalize the score 1-1. Taking advantage of the people, the British representative forced the pitch to suffocate. 5 minutes later, Tanguy Ndombele cushioned the ball near the wall after Lucas Moura’s cross, fixing the score 2-1 for Spurs.

This victory helped Tottenham to enter the third qualifying round of the Europa League. Meanwhile, coach Jose Mourinho has reached 100 wins in the European Cup. The Portuguese captain’s performance was established in six clubs he once led, including Real Madrid, M.U, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Porto, and now Spurs.

Lukaku successfully set a record in the Europa League this season

The Belgian striker became the first player to score in nine consecutive Europa League matches after Inter’s 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen.

In the 21st minute of the match between Inter Milan and Bayer Leverkusen, Romelu Lukaku received a pass from Ashley Young in a position with his back to the goal. The Belgian striker showed strength when he controlled the ball against Julian Baumgartlinger and hit the finish to beat goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky.

This goal helped teachers and coach Antonio Conte increase the score to 2-0 after Nicolo Barella scored his first goal in the 15th minute. According to Opta, Lukaku is the first player in history to score in 9 consecutive matches at the Europa League arena.

Inter Milan had a match with Bayer Leverkusen

The Belgian striker scored 8 goals in five consecutive Europa League matches in 2014/15 for Everton against Wolfsburg, BSC Young Boys, and Dynamo Kiyv. Five years later, he returned to this arena in the colors of Inter Milan, scoring 4 goals in the last four matches against Ludogorets, Getafe, and Bayer Leverkusen. In total, Lukaku has 12 goals after 9 consecutive Europa League matches.

In the end, Inter Milan won 2-1 to advance to the semi-finals of the Europa League. This is also the first time in 10 years that the blue-black striped shirt team has participated in the European Cup semi-finals. In the 2009/10 season, coach Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan entered the semi-finals of the Champions League before winning the championship.

On August 6, with a strike against Getafe, Lukaku also entered Inter Milan’s history when he became the fourth player of the club to reach 30 goals in a season. Before him, Ronaldo de Lima (1997/98), Diego Milito (2009/10), and Samuel Eto’o (2010/11) are the ones who do this.

This season, Lukaku is the number one striker in the attack of Inter Milan with 31 goals and 5 assists after 49 games in all competitions. The striker born in 1993 did not hold his official position at Man Utd under coach Ole Solskjaer but resurrected strongly in Italy.








Lukaku reached Ronaldo’s achievement after the Europa League final

Scoring both the opponent’s net and the home team, the criminal Lukaku is still honored with a series of records comparable to two legendary Ronaldo.

Before the final match between Inter Milan vs Sevilla, it was said Ronaldo de Lima’s record 34 goals a season. At that time, Lukaku had 33 goals. He only need to add at least 1 goal in the final. Then, the Belgian striker will officially match the legend called “Alien”. And Lukaku has done it.

As a fate, it was Lukaku who fired the first shot of the rain of goals in the final of the Europa League this year. He had a successful penalty kick in the 5 minutes. Therefore, Romelu Lukaku officially equalized the record of 34 goals in the first season of Ro “fat” (season 1997/1998).

Lukaku brought a 11m result for Inter Milan quite early before scoring an own goal

And the Belgian striker got off to a bad start, giving Inter a penalty just three minutes after rushing past Diego Carlos in a counterattack before being fouled by the Sevilla midfielder in the penalty area. On the 11m end, Lukaku calmly finished and gave Inter the lead.

This goal is Lukaku’s 34th goal for Inter Milan this season in all competitions. Thereby, he equalized Ronaldo’s record in Brazil 1997/98. In his first season with Inter, Ronaldo scored 25 goals in Serie A, three in Coppa Italia, and six in the UEFA Cup, including a goal against Lazio in the final for Inter to win the UEFA Cup.

But if Ronaldo scored only 6 goals in the European arena that season, for Lukaku this was the ninth goal of the season (7 goals in the Europa League, 2 goals in the Champions League). Besides, Lukaku also had 6 consecutive matches in the European Cup. He was the first person to do this since Cristiano Ronaldo in the 2012-2013 period.

Lukaku also reached the record of Cristiano Ronaldo

Still, with the goal on the penalty spot, Lukaku has set a record of scoring in six consecutive knockout matches. Before that, Cristiano Ronaldo was the man who held this record.

Lukaku has broken 2 records of two best strikers in two periods of football history. But overall, this is still a forgotten day for the Belgian striker. Although he scored for Inter, it was also Lukaku who closed the Italian team’s championship dream, with an ungainly home goal.