Lukaku puts Inter top, youthful Barcelona, PSG close in: European talking points

Romelu Lukaku assisted fire Inter Milan to the top of Serie A, while a younger Barcelona continued their revival and it ended up being a great weekend for Paris Saint-Germain in France.

AFP Sport assemble a few of the primary talking points from throughout the continent:

– Benefit Inter prior to Milan derby –

A week prior to the most recent Milan derby, it is benefit Inter in the Serie A title race after Romelu Lukaku’s objectives assisted fire Antonio Conte’s side to a 3-1 win over Lazio.

The Belgian scored two times, consisting of a charge, to move level with Cristiano Ronaldo on 16 Serie An objectives for the project. He then revealed speed and power to establish Lautaro Martinez to score.

Lukaku now has 300 profession objectives at the age of simply 27, and Inter are a point clear of Air Conditioner Milan on top after capitalising on their competitors’ 2-0 defeat at Spezia.

Milan won 2-1 in the last league derby in October, however Inter acquired vengeance in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals last month, a video game in which the in-form Lukaku likewise scored.

– Ilaix: Barca’s newest child –

Barcelona heated up for their Champions League last 16, very first leg versus Paris Saint-Germain in the very best possible style, thumping Alaves 5-1 to make it 7 straight La Liga wins and 32 points from the last 36.

Lionel Messi’s fantastic brace left him with 11 objectives in his last 10 league looks, with the Argentine leading the revival of a side invigorated under coach Ronald Koeman.

On Saturday, it was the turn of Guinea-born 18-year-old Ilaix Moriba to make his La Liga launching and mark it with a help for Francisco Trincao’s opener.

Along with the teen Ilaix, Trincao was among 3 21-year-olds in Barca’s line-up, signed up with by Oscar Mingueza and Riqui Puig. Pedri, 18, and Sergino Dest, 20, likewise began as replacements. The youth revival is not avoiding Barcelona from getting momentum.

– Pellegrini restores Betis –

Manuel Pellegrini is doing a peaceful however great job at Genuine Betis. The veteran Chilean, 67, led his group to a 2-1 win at Unai Emery’s Villarreal thanks to objectives by French World Cup winner Nabil Fekir and Brazilian full-back Emerson Royal.

Just Barcelona have actually beaten Betis in the league in 2021. Betis are simply 3 points off Villarreal and the leading 6. Betis have actually not completed greater than 6th considering that 2005 however the stable job being done by ex-Real Madrid and Manchester City coach Pellegrini looks set to take them back into Europe.

He has the very best win portion (half) of any Betis coach in history.

– PSG make relocation in French title race –

Without Neymar and Angel di Maria, Paris Saint-Germain still got the job carried out in Ligue 1 as Moise Kean’s objective protected a 2-1 win over Nice that enabled Mauricio Pochettino’s side to make the most of faults by their title competitors.

Leaders Lille might just draw with Brest, while Lyon lost in the house to Montpellier and fourth-placed Monaco drew. PSG, in 2nd, are simply a point behind Lille, and next up is Barcelona.

“We will be ready”, stated Pochettino, regardless of the blow of Neymar’s injury.

– Household affair at Porto –

Porto got ready for their Champions League clash with Juventus by dropping more points in the Portuguese title race, needing to originate from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with city neighbours Boavista.

They need to have won, however Sergio Oliveira — having earlier scored one charge — missed out on a 2nd spot-kick. They later on had actually another objective prohibited.

The outcome leaves ruling champs Porto 7 points behind leaders Sporting, who have a video game in hand, however the match was likewise noteworthy for the function played by 18-year-old Francisco Conceicao.

The small teenage child of coach Sergio Conceicao began for his top-flight launching in the 77th minute, won the charge that Oliveira missed out on and after that assisted establish what Porto believed was the winner in the 89th minute.

He encountered to accept his daddy, just for the events to be interrupted as the objective was prohibited.


Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.