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UCL: Dzeko's Brace Gives Inter Win Over Shakhtar

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Oladimeji Balogun
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Edin Dzeko's brace for Inter Milan puts them within a touching distance of the Champions League last 16 in a 2-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk as they look to qualify for the knockouts for the first time in a decade.

Inter now need Real Madrid to manage at least a draw with Sheriff Tiraspol later to secure their spot in next month's draw with a match to spare thanks to two archetypal Dzeko goals in the space of six minutes midway through the second half.

The Bosnian forward lashed Inter into the lead with a precise first-time strike from the edge of the area and then nodded home a header to put the San Siro in party mood after the hosts had wasted a host of chances and had two goals ruled out for tight decisions.

Inter top Group D on 10 points after their third consecutive win in the competition, a point ahead of Madrid and four away from Sheriff in third.

"We really needed this win, after a first half in which we created so much and we were still 0-0 with a team like them there was a bit of tension. Dzeko's goal was a liberation," Inter coach Simone Inzaghi told Sky Sport Italia.

"(The last 16) is a big target for us. When I came here I spoke about it with the club... we played really well, let's not forget that we're a little more than 48 hours from a match like the one against Napoli (won 3-2 on Sunday) in which we expended a lot of energy."

For Shakhtar, defeat leaves them rooted to the bottom of the group with a solitary point, their European season over.

"We deserved to lose today, we played with little courage, a little personality and little quality. We lost against a team that's doing well, that's a great team," said Shakhtar coach Roberto De Zerbi.

It was a huge win, with Inter's final group match at the Santiago Bernabeu against Madrid in a fortnight's time, and it was one with plenty of incidents.

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Oladimeji Balogun
Oladimeji Balogun

Oladimeji Balogun is a graduate of the University of Ilorin where he studied Microbiology, he is a w...

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UEFA Champions League 2021/2022 TABLE

UEFA Champions League
No Teams P Pts
1 Liverpool 13 28
2 Atletico Madrid 9 11
3 FC Porto 6 5
4 AC Milan 6 4
No Teams P Pts
1 AFC Ajax 7 18
2 Sporting CP 6 9
3 Borussia Dortmund 6 9
4 Besiktas 6 0
No Teams P Pts
1 Real Madrid 11 24
2 Inter Milan 6 10
3 Sheriff FC 6 7
4 Shakhtar Donetsk 6 2
No Teams P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 8 19
2 Benfica 11 12
3 Barcelona 6 7
4 FC Dynamo Kyiv 6 1
No Teams P Pts
1 Villarreal 16 17
2 Manchester United 7 11
3 Atalanta 6 6
4 Young Boys 6 5
No Teams P Pts
1 Lille OSC 11 11
2 FC Red Bull Salzburg 6 10
3 Sevilla 6 6
4 VfL Wolfsburg 6 5
No Teams P Pts
1 Chelsea 13 19
2 Juventus 12 15
3 F.C. Zenit Saint Petersburg 6 5
4 Malmo FF 6 1
Full Table

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Inter Milan
Inter Milan

Football Club Internazionale Milano, commonly referred to as Internazionale or simply Inter, and known as Inter Milan outside Italy, i...

Shakhtar Donetsk
Shakhtar Donetsk

Football Club Shakhtar Donetsk (short nickname "miners") is a Ukrainian professional football club from the city of Donetsk. In 2014, du...

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