Ludogorets 0-2 Inter Milan: Christian Eriksen’s first Inter goal and Romelu Lukaku’s penalty give Antonio Conte’s side first-leg victory over Bulgarians
Christian Eriksen’s first Inter Milan goal and Romelu Lukaku’s late penalty gave the Italians a first-leg victory over Bulgarian side Ludogorets in the Europa League last 32.
It took Antonio Conte’s side 71 minutes to break down their defensive opponents but Eriksen broke the deadlock with a strike from the edge of the area.
The Dane could have added a second minutes later when a 25-yard effort hit the bar.
Christian Eriksen scored his first goal for Inter Milan since he joined from Spurs in January
Romelu Lukaku added a 95th minute penalty to give the Italian’s a two-goal advantage
But Lukaku sealed the win in stoppage time after VAR awarded the away side a penalty following a hand ball from Anicet Andrianantenaina.
The former Manchester United striker now has 22 goals in all competitions since arriving in Italy.
Eriksen had failed to register a goal or assist in his previous five appearances after leaving Spurs in January,
But the midfielder looked back to his best at the Huvepharma Arena.
The Norweigan was congratulated by teammate Danilo D’Ambrosio after putting Inter ahead
The Belgian has 22 goals in all competitions since he left Manchester United in the summer
The hosts were limited to just one shot on goal with Inter dominating the majority of possession.
Manchester United loanee Alexis Sanchez played the full 90 minutes and Victor Moses came off the bench to make his Europa League debut for his new club
Another ex-United man, Ashley Young, was also a second half substitute.
The two sides will meet again for the second leg at the San Siro next Thursday.
They will now take a two-goal lead into the second leg match at the San Siro next Thursday