Shakhtar lost a match in which they had no other options but to win. Otherwise – even having played in a draw with “Inter” – the Donetsk side would still have remained in last place in the group and would have lost the chance to move to the Europa League.
In the first half, the conclusion suggested itself. Even in Italy it was described as “a typical match between Inter and Shakhtar: the Milanese create chances, but the score is 0: 0”. The miners surpassed their opponents in such a component as possession, but the hosts were more likely to shoot at goal. Some were very dangerous. For example, Dzeko’s headbutt, to which Trubin reacted, dragging the ball from the bottom corner. But there were also moments when the same Dzeko and Lautaro Martinez were practically one-on-one, but they could not beat Shakhtar’s goalkeeper.
The guests from time to time also tried to organize something in the attack and before the break twice disturbed Handanovich with shots on target, but in the acuteness of the created chances they were noticeably inferior to the Italian champion.
The beginning of the second half moved things off the ground, or, if you like, “dry” point. “Inter” continued to attack, sometimes inflating the speed to the limit. Lautaro ferried the ball into the goal after the diagonal on the left, but before that pushed Matvienko in the penalty area. However, it was only a postponement of the inevitable – during the next six minutes Dzeko scored twice, actually informing Shakhtar about the end of the European Cup season. and Marlos shot at the Dodo’s goal. It seemed that a goal could not be avoided, but the ball hit the near post and rolled along the goal line, where Mudrik did not have time to finish.
0: 2 – Shakhtar are ahead of the match with Sheriff. From the standpoint of the tournament situation for the miners, it no longer matters. But the first thing is to get even for the defeat in the first round. And the second – to have the entire group stage without a win – is already too much.
2021 – 22, Champions League. Group D
Inter – Shakhtar 2: 0 (0: 0)
Goals: Dzeko, 61 (ten); Dzeko, 67 (2: 0)
“Inter”: Handanovich S .; Darmian (D’Ambrosio, 78); Ranocchia; Shkriniar; Bastogne; Brozovich; Perisic I. (Dimarco, 86); Chalhanoglu (Sensi, 86); Barella (Vidal, 78); Dzeko; Martinez L. (Correa H., 68)
Shakhtar: Trubin; Vitao; Dodo; Marlon; Matvienko N .; Stepanenko (Marcos A., 46); Micon B .; Pedrinho (Bondarenko A-m, 73); Solomon; Tete (Marlos, 80); Fernando (Mudrik, 81)
Warnings: – Vitao, 61