That's prime Romelu Lukaku greatness! Inter striker rediscovers best qualities to score twice vs Sassuolo in top-four turning point

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Inter striker Romelu Lukaku scored his best goal in years with a long-range laser against Sassuolo on Saturday - and it came at an important time.
  • Inter fighting for top four
  • Lukaku has disappointed this year
  • On-loan striker delivers in big moment

WHAT HAPPENED? In the 41st minute, Lukaku received a pass with his back to the target, and it didn't appear to be a particularly threatening position. But he used his big frame to back down his marker and create space before whipping around to rocket a shot past the goalkeeper. His goal put his team up 1-0 before half-time, and he added another goal late on to seal an important victory.

The 4-2 win sent Inter five points clear of fifth place and virtually lock up their Champions League qualification hopes.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Lukaku is on loan from Chelsea and faces an uncertain future, but his critical brace on Saturday could completely change the perception of his second tenure at San Siro. Plus, he could contribute to a Champions League trophy if Inter maintain their aggregate advantage in the semi-final and stage an upset of the winner of Manchester City vs Real Madrid.

WHAT NEXT FOR LUKAKU? Inter have indicated that they are unlikely to keep Lukaku past this season, while Chelsea may not see him in their plans, either. So, it's possible that he finds a new club in the transfer market - a task that will be much simpler if he produces a strong finish to the campaign.

"We need to wait, because the others are talking," he said recently of his approach. "I just have to give my best for Inter.”