HT: Inter stall with Shakhtar Donetsk

Inter had the chances, but Lautaro Martinez rattled the crossbar and it’s still 0-0 with Shakhtar Donetsk, so as things stand they’re going out of Europe.

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At the break, Real Madrid are 2-0 up and would go through to the Champions League Round of 16 as group leaders ahead of Borussia Monchengladbach. Shakhtar Donetsk would be third and enter the Europa League.

This was the true Group of Death, as going into the final game, all four teams could’ve qualified for the Champions League Round of 16, gone into the Europa League or finished bottom. The Nerazzurri needed a win and for Real Madrid-Borussia Monchengladbach to not end in a draw.

Arturo Vidal and Radja Nainggolan were out, but Nicolò Barella pushed through pain to start despite an ankle injury rather than out of favour Christian Eriksen. Shakhtar’s Dentinho and Davit Khocholava were carrying knocks, while Junior Moraes, Yevhen Konoplyanka, Ismaily, Viktor Korniienko and Fernando were out of action.

It was almost the perfect start, as after seven minutes Barella crossed from the right, Romelu Lukaku’s dummy let it through and Lautaro Martinez smashed his strike against the crossbar from 10 yards.

The hosts had a series of corners, with Lautaro Martinez, Ashley Young and Milan Skriniar firing off target from promising positions. Vitao was so late in his lunge from behind on Lukaku that fortunately he barely made contact, otherwise it would’ve been a red card offence rather than yellow. His game didn’t last much longer, as he went off with a muscular injury.

Lautaro Martinez’s header was straight at the goalkeeper from close range on a Lukaku cross, then Alessandro Bastoni fired a rocket over the bar.

Inter 0-0 Shakhtar Donetsk (Half-Time)

Inter: Handanovic; Skriniar, De Vrij, Bastoni; Hakimi, Gagliardini, Brozovic, Barella, Young; Lautaro Martinez, R Lukaku

Shakhtar Donetsk: Trubin; Dodô, Bondar, Vitao (Khocholava 37), Matviyenko; Stepanenko, Kovalenko; Tetê, Marlos, Maycon; Taison

Ref: Vincic (SVN)