Inter Striker Edin Dzeko: “Hakan Calhanoglu Told Me I’d Score In Second Half Against Shakhtar Donetsk”

Inter Striker Edin Dzeko: “Hakan Calhanoglu Told Me I’d Score In Second Half Against Shakhtar Donetsk”
December 18, 2021 21:30
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SempreInter.com

Edin Dzeko has the trust of his teammate Hakan Calhanoglu, who backs him to score in games even after he misses chances.

Speaking to the Nerazzurri’s official social media channel, the 35-year-old related how Calhanoglu had expressed his faith in him to score against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League, not long before he did so.

Dzeko had been responsible for some of Inter’s more glaring misses during the first match against Shakhtar of the season, a goalless draw in Ukraine, and had also passes up some chances in the first half of the match at the San Siro.

However, the Bosnian kept sniffing out chances during the second half of the group stage clash, knowing that if he could get on the scoresheet without reply that the Nerazzurri would book their place in the knockout rounds.

In the end, the striker found a well-taken second-half brace which was enough to give his team the three points and secure a place in the round of sixteen with a match to spare, something Calhanoglu always expected that he could do.

“I’d had chances in the first half, and afterwards Hakan said to me, ‘Don’t worry brother, you’ll score in the second half,'” he recalled.

“And then I scored twice,” he continued. “When you get off the mark you no longer feel the pain, only adrenaline.”

By Toni Weeler

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