Ludogorets 0-2 Inter Milan: Christian Eriksen’s first Inter goal and Romelu Lukaku’s penalty give Antonio Conte’s victory over the Bulgarian first leg
- Eriksen scored his first Inter goal and gave the Italians the lead in the 71st minute
- The 95th minute penalty by Lukaku gave Conte a kiss for the next leg
- The title A pursuers of the Serie A will face the Bulgarians in the San Siro on Thursday
The first Inter Milan goal by Christian Eriksen and the late penalty by Romelu Lukaku gave the Italians a victory in the first round over Ludogorets in Bulgaria in the Europa League.
It took 71 minutes for Antonio Conte to break down their defending opponents, but Eriksen broke the deadlock with an attack from the edge of the area.
The Dane could have added a second minute later when an effort of 25 meters hit the bar.
Christian Eriksen scored his first goal for Inter Milan since joining Spurs in January
Romelu Lukaku added a 95-minute penalty to give the Italian a two-goal lead
But Lukaku sealed the win in the stoppage time after VAR awarded the penalty spot a penalty after a handball from Anicet Andrianantenaina.
The former Manchester United striker now has 22 goals in all competitions since his arrival 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 at his best in the Huvepharma Arena.
The Norweigan was congratulated by teammate Danilo D’Ambrosio after he gave Inter the lead
The Belgian has 22 goals in all competitions since he left Manchester United in the summer
The hosts were limited to only one shot on goal, with Inter having the most ball possession.
Borrower Alexis Sanchez of Manchester United played the full 90 minutes and Victor Moses came off the bench to make his Europa League debut for his new club
Another ex-husband, Ashley Young, was also a replacement for the second half.
The two sides meet again for the second leg in the San Siro next Thursday.
They now take a lead of two goals in the second stage match in the San Siro next Thursday