Serie A 2022/23: Player of the Week – Matchday 31

Inter fans will have been thrilled to see Romelu Lukaku not only score twice, but also provide and assist for Lautaro Martinez. That's what makes him our Serie A Player of the Week for Matchday 31.

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Romelu Lukaku was influential in Inter avoiding a sixth successive Serie A game without victory on Sunday afternoon, as they overcame Empoli 3-0 at the Stadio Carlo Castellani. He has been named as our Player of the Week for Matchday 31 of the 2022/23 campaign.

A valuable three points in the race for Champions League qualification next term ended a wonderful week for the Nerazzurri, after they had secured a semi-final meeting with crosstown rivals AC Milan in this season’s competition against Benfica four days earlier.

Inter’s Lautaro Martinez and Romelu Lukaku embrace. (@Inter_en)

Belgian back to his best

Having not scored from open play since the opening day of the campaign at Lecce, Lukaku netted a first brace in Serie A for over two years – the last coming against Lazio on February 14, 2021 – and also provided the assist for the final goal of the game, netted by strike partner Lautaro Martinez.

After an uneventful first half, the 29-year-old Chelsea loanee gave Inter the perfect start to the second, finishing a smooth passing move on 48 minutes with a low right-footed shot into the bottom corner and put the points beyond doubt with an emphatic driving effort into the opposite corner with 14 minutes remaining.

Lu-La back in harmony

While the Interisti will be pleased to see their Belgian international showing signs of the form that helped propel them to Serie A glory in 2020/21, the sight of Lukaku combining with Martinez again will be even more welcome. Particularly with a Champions League semi-final on the horizon and a six-team fight for a top-four place.

Two minutes before the end of the game in Tuscany, the ex-Manchester United striker drove purposefully towards goal, but rather than seeking a hat-trick goal, played the ball into the path of the 2022 World Cup winner to add a third instead.

The goal ensured that Martinez became the first Inter player to score 15 or more goals in three or more consecutive Serie A campaigns since fellow Argentinean Mauro Icardi, who achieved the feat four times between 2014/15 and 2017/18.

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