Inter Milan 2-2 Borussia Monchengladbach: Romelu Lukaku nets brace

Inter Milan 2-2 Borussia Monchengladbach: Romelu Lukaku nets brace including last-gasp equaliser as Antonio Conte’s side stumble out the blocks in the Champions League

  • Inter Milan fell behind late on to Borussia Monchengladbach at the San Siro
  • But Romelu Lukaku’s second goal in the 90th minute spared their blushes
  • The striker extended his impressive scoring streak in Europe to nine games
  • Lukaku gave Inter the lead in the Champions League clash just after the break
  • But Gladbach hit back with a double, taking the lead just six minutes from time 

Romelu Lukaku scored twice, including a 90th-minute equaliser, to give Inter Milan a 2-2 draw at home to Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League where five shots on target produced four goals.

The Belgian put Inter in front with an opportunist goal in the 49th minute but the Bundesliga side levelled in the 63rd with their first shot on target, a penalty converted by Ramy Bensebaini.

Gladbach’s second and only other shot on target also produced a goal as Jonas Hofmann put them ahead in the 84th minute before Lukaku pulled Inter level, scoring in his ninth consecutive European game.

Romelu Lukaku celebrates after scoring a last minute equaliser for Inter Milan

The striker poked home from close range to earn his side a 2-2 draw at the San Siro

It was the second goal of the night for the ex-Manchester United star who earned Inter a point

Christian Eriksen, benched for Saturday’s derby against AC Milan, started for Inter, who were missing six players who had tested positive for Covid-19 in the last two weeks.

There was precious little excitement in the first half as Inter battled to break down Gladbach’s defence where Nico Elvedi was outstanding.

Lukaku had the best chance when his sidestep took him clear but he fired across the face of goal.

But he broke through after halftime by turning in Matteo Darmian’s scuffed shot from close range after Danilo D’Ambrosio kept the ball in play.

Gladbach, playing in the group stage for only the third time, had offered nothing in attack but were handed a lifeline by Inter midfielder Arturo Vidal who lunged at Marcus Thuram in the penalty area.

Lukaku had earlier swept home a finish from close range to give Inter a second half lead

The Inter players celebrate after edging in front of the Champions League tie

But Borussia Monchengladbach hit back, first through a Ramy Bensebaini penalty

With just six minutes to play Jonas Hofmann (left) then gave the German side a shock lead

The referee initially played on but changed his mind after consulting the pitchside monitor and Bensebaini equalised from the spot.

Lautaro Martinez smacked the post with a brilliant volley from Darmian’s cross but, incredibly, Gladbach went ahead.

Florian Neuhaus split Inter’s defence with a diagonal pass and Hofmann broke clear to place his shot through Samir Handanovic’s legs although they had to wait three minutes for a VAR check before the goal was confirmed.

However, Inter had the last laugh when a corner was headed on by Alessandro Bastoni – recovered from Covid-19 – and Lukaku forced it into the net at the far post.

MATCH FACTS 

Inter Milan: Handanovic, D’Ambrosio, De Vrij, Kolarov, Darmian, Barella, Vidal, Perisic (Bastoni 79), Eriksen (Brozovic 79), Sanchez (Martinez 45), Lukaku.

Subs: not used: Ranocchia, Padelli, Stankovic, Boscolo Chio, Moretti, Nainggolan, Squizzato, Pinamonti

Booked: Handanovic, De Vrij, D’Ambrosio 

Goals: Lukaku 49, 90 

Borussia Monchengladbach: Sommer, Lainer, Ginter, Elvedi, Bensebaini, Kramer, Neuhaus, Hofmann, Embolo (Herrmann 75), Thuram (Wolf 90+5), Plea (Stindl 90)

Subs not used: Lang, Traore, Wendt, Sippel, Jantschke, Grun, Reitz

Booked: Kramer

Goals: Bensebaini 63 pen, Hofmann 84

Referee: Bjorn Kuipers (Holland)

Antonio Conte had to settle for a point as Inter stumbled in their Champions League opener




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