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UCL: Dzeko's Brace Gives Inter Win Over Shakhtar

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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.

UEFA Champions League 2021/2022 TABLE
No Team P W D L GD Pts
1 Manchester City 5 4 0 1 9 12
2 Paris Saint-Germain 5 2 2 1 2 8
3 RB Leipzig 5 1 1 3 0 4
4 Club Brugge KV 5 1 1 3 -11 4
No Team P W D L GD Pts
1 Liverpool 5 5 0 0 10 15
2 FC Porto 5 1 2 5 -5 5
3 AC Milan 5 1 1 3 -2 4
4 Atletico Madrid 5 1 1 3 -3 4
No Team P W D L GD Pts
1 AFC Ajax 5 5 0 0 13 15
2 Sporting CP 5 3 0 2 4 9
3 Borussia Dortmund 5 2 0 3 -6 6
4 Besiktas 5 0 0 5 -11 0
No Team P W D L GD Pts
1 Real Madrid 5 4 0 1 9 12
2 Inter Milan 5 3 1 1 5 10
3 Sheriff FC 5 2 0 3 -4 6
4 Shakhtar Donetsk 5 0 1 4 -10 1
No Team P W D L GD Pts
1 Bayern Munich 5 5 0 0 16 15
2 Barcelona 5 2 1 2 -4 7
3 Benfica 5 1 2 2 -4 5
4 FC Dynamo Kyiv 5 0 1 4 -8 1
No Team P W D L GD Pts
1 Manchester United 5 3 1 1 3 10
2 Villarreal 5 2 1 2 4 7
3 Atalanta 5 1 3 1 0 6
4 Young Boys 5 1 1 3 -5 4
No Team P W D L GD Pts
1 Lille OSC 5 2 2 1 1 8
2 FC Red Bull Salzburg 5 2 1 2 1 7
3 Sevilla 5 1 3 1 1 6
4 VfL Wolfsburg 5 1 2 2 -3 5
No Team P W D L GD Pts
1 Chelsea 5 4 0 1 9 12
2 Juventus 5 4 0 1 3 12
3 F.C. Zenit Saint Petersburg 5 1 1 3 0 4
4 Malmo FF 5 0 1 4 -12 1
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