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After a bad start to this year’s Champions League group stage, Inter have turned it around.
Inter snatched their third consecutive victory in Group D as the team won 2-0 at home over Ukrainian Shakhtar Donetsk.
Thus, a bottom position is changed to a top position with ten points after five matches.
Later on Wednesday, with a win over Sheriff Tiraspol, Real Madrid can send themselves and Inter on to the quarter-finals.
Shakhtar Donetsk has played its part in Europe as the Ukrainians are sure to finish in last place in the group with just one point.
Inter let Shakhtar Donetsk have the ball the most, but the Italians still came up with the most chances in a goalless first half.
In particular, Inter strikers Lautaro Martínez and Edin Dzeko burned several big offers in the first 45 minutes.
The Ukrainians, who lined up with as many as seven Brazilians in the starting lineup, wanted to play the ball up right down from the back rows.
It is a trademark under Italian coach Roberto De Zerbi, but it was about to backfire several times.
In the second half, Inter lived up to the favorite dignity, and it was Dzeko who accounted for the redemptive goals.
After an hour of play, the 35-year-old Bosnian came rushing and hammered a loose ball safely into the net from the edge of the box.
Five minutes later, Dzeko headed the 2-0 goal into the net from close range after a layup from Ivan Perisic.
Shakhtar Donetsk had several chances to get reduced, but the closest came Dodo when he knocked the ball on the inside of the post.
A match was played earlier on Wednesday night, and here Mohamed Daramy started inside Ajax for the first time in the Champions League.
Ajax, already advancing to the quarter-finals, were visiting Turkish Besiktas.
However, it was not the great success for the former FC Copenhagen player, who started by shooting a good distance over goal after Dusan Tadic had put the ball down to him.
Towards the end of the half, things got even worse for Daramy, who finished well next to goal before rounding off the first 45 minutes with a nasty full-back on another great chance.
Daramy was replaced at the break, and the substitute, Sébastien Haller, scored two goals in the second half, thus securing a 2-1 victory over Besiktas.
Haller thus reached nine goals in the first five Champions League matches.
/ ritzau /
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