In the second leg of Round of 32 in the Europa League, Internazionale (Inter Milan) player against Ludogorets Razgrad and not a single person was in attendance in the stadium.
Countries around the World together are implementing precautionary measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 and just like China, many countries have ordered their citizens to not be a part of any public gatherings. Following this, in an unprecedented scenario, Inter Milan played it’s Europa League match in front of an empty stadium at 1:30 AM (IST) on 28th February 2020.
Itlay has confirmed of over 600 cases of Coronavirus.
As each team play 2 matches against each other, one at each team’s home stadium, in the second match, it was Inter Milan’s turn to host the match, but in the wake of Coronavirus, players kept their fears aside and played an incredible match even when there were no fans cheering and rooting for them.
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Just like many countries, Italy, too, has put restrictions on public gatherings, and the stadium was shut down for fans even when tens of thousands of people had booked the tickets.
Ludogorets entered the stadium with their face-masks on they played a truly incredible match.
Apart from no audience, everything else was followed as per the ceremony. Both the teams walked out at the same time, the captains of respective teams shook hands, the teams stood together for the Europa League Anthem, and also posed for team photos.
Though there were no fans, knowing they must be watching it from their home TV screens, every single player gave it all. The second leg match ended as a win for Inter Milan with the final score of 2-1 and the aggregated score of 4-1.
In this match, all the goals were scored in the first half only. Cauly Oliveira Souza opened up the tally for Ludogorets and the game as he scored on the 26th minute, but Inter Milan were soon to recover.
Inter Milan attacked back and level the game 1-1 at 31st minute when Cristiano Biraghi scored a goal. Romelu Lukaku scored the final goal of the game at the extra time of the 1st half.