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Inter unchanged for Europa League final, De Jong starts for Sevilla

SoccerNews in UEFA Europa League 21 Aug 2020

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Inter have named the same starting XI that thrashed Shakhtar Donetsk for Friday’s Europa League final with Sevilla, who have rewarded Luuk de Jong with a start after his late heroics in the semi-finals.

Antonio Conte’s men crushed Shakhtar 5-0 on Monday to secure their passage to the final in emphatic fashion.

Lautaro Martinez and Romelu Lukaku – who scored four of the five goals between them last time – lead the line, while Danilo D’Ambrosio lines up on the right having netted the other goal on Monday.

Victory for Inter will see them claim their first title since 2011.

As for Sevilla, hoping to lift this trophy for a sixth time having won it three times in its current guise and twice as the UEFA Cup, Julen Lopetegui makes just one alteration.

De Jong comes in for Youssef En-Nesyri, a just reward for turning in the winner in the 2-1 semi-final victory over Manchester United on Sunday.

Lucas Ocampos keeps his place on the left flank despite suffering a knock of late, while Suso also starts again after scoring against United.

Midfielder Ever Banega will be playing his final match for the club before heading to Saudi Arabia, his European swansong fittingly coming against one of his former clubs.

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