Milan (Reuters) – Inter Milan have been knocked out of the Champions League for the third consecutive season. Inter Milan drew 0-0 for the third consecutive season on Wednesday. Shakhtar Donetsk was also eliminated.
In the seventh minute of the Group B match, La Toro Martinez overcame the crossbar but Inter then created a few chances, despite having possession at San Siro, only four attempts on goal.
Borussia Moenchengladbach finished with eight points but lost to the Bundesliga – beating Real Madrid 2-0 – in their head-to-head record for third place, instead of heading to the Europa League.
Inter, who could have gone through with a win, finished bottom of the group with six points after losing three of their six games and winning at home, without even the consolation of a second string match.
Royal won the group with 10 points.
“I’m very sorry, but I do not feel sincerely lacking in tact, determination or concentration,” said Inter coach Antonio Conte. “It simply came to our notice then. If you do not score, you will not succeed. ”
Inter, who beat Shakhtar 5-0 in the Europa League semi-finals last season, did not end up in a draw between Real Madrid and Borussia Moenchengladbach to qualify and watch another match.
Martinez made the necessary early advances but his shot bounced off Nicolo Barela’s cross against the crossbar.
Since then, Inter have tried their luck at long range from consecutive angles, but Shakhtar’s 19-year-old goalkeeper Anatoly Troob has been unable to do much.
Romelu Lukaku saw a header that stopped Trobin after the break, before Shabdar started to make some attacks of his own.
Tete Sameer Handanovic, one of the six players of Brazilian descent in Shakhtar’s starting line-up, tested with a long range shot and made a comeback over the top of the Maycon bar.
When the Inter-European season came to a conclusion, Trobin kicked a Christian Eriksen drive under the bar.
“It is a great thing that we have given our supporters and us the opportunity to play European football in the spring,” Trobin said. “Of course, we wanted to continue our path in the UEFA Champions League, but we could have been eliminated, so everything is fine now.”
By Brian Homewood; Claire Fallon Editing