Gianluigi Donnarumma On Inter’s Romelu Lukaku: “I Wanted To Tell Him It Wasn’t A Penalty”

Gianluigi Donnarumma On Inter’s Romelu Lukaku: “I Wanted To Tell Him It Wasn’t A Penalty”
July 4, 2021 12:00
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Ex-AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has shared the conversation he had with Inter striker Romelu Lukaku on the pitch during Italy’s 2-1 win over Belgium at Euro 2020, according to a report in the Italian broadcast media.

Speaking to Sky Sport after the quarter-final with the quotes reported by FCInter1908, the goalkeeper who is about to sign for Paris Saint Germain explained that he tried to tell Romelu Lukaku that Belgium should not have had a penalty in the game.

“Lukaku? I wanted to tell him it wasn’t a penalty, but he didn’t answer me. I wasn’t afraid, I don’t fear anyone. Only maximum respect.”

Italy were 2-0 up approaching halftime after goals from Inter midfielder Nicolo Barella and Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne, but Belgium were handed a lifeline just before the break.

Jeremy Doku was pushed in the box whilst running past Giovanni Di Lorenzo and the referee decided it was a penalty. Romelu Lukaku stepped up and tucked the spot-kick away. Fortunately for Gli Azzurri, Belgium were not able to force their way through the resolute defence in the second half to get an equaliser.

By Euan Burns
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