Romelu Lukaku Let 17-Year Old Sebastiano Esposito Take Penalty
Romelu Lukaku showed remarkable unselfishness to allow 17-year old Sebastiano Esposito to take a penalty.
The former Manchester United man took his tally to 12 for the season so far and moved to 200 goals in club football after bagging a brace in the 4-0 win over Genoa.
Goal number 200 in club football pic.twitter.com/F1FH21ctEi
- R.Lukaku Bolingoli9 (@RomeluLukaku9) December 21, 2019
Lukaku also added an assist in what was a complete striker's performance but his best contribution came when the Nerazzurri were awarded a penalty in the second half.
The 26-year old is Inter's first-choice spot-kick taker but Lukaku showed what a top professional he is by passing the ball to young Esposito, who was making his debut for the club at the San Siro amid the absence of Lautaro Martinez.
He made no mistake from the spot and went absolutely mental by celebrating with his mother after becoming Inter's second-youngest ever scorer.
Lukaku could've had a hatrick but allowed 18-yr old Esposito to take the penalty for Inter on his debut pic.twitter.com/EDzQ5kXRe9
- mx (@LeooMessi10i) December 21, 2019
Romelu Lukaku gifted 17-year-old Sebastiano Esposito a penalty, which he converted for his first Serie A goal :heart: pic.twitter.com/9v7GZegi0F
- ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) December 21, 2019
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' OUR NUMBER :nine:
Goal machine, aerial threat, all-round nice guy...
A real touch of class from @RomeluLukaku9 :clap:#InterGenoa #ForzaInter :black_circle::large_blue_circle: pic.twitter.com/prLKh8J1GG
- Inter (@Inter_en) December 21, 2019
Lukaku is a great player and leader. Despite he's the first choice for penalties in @Inter, he gave chance for young home-grown prospect Sebastiano Esposito to take a penalty kick vs Genoa and score his first:soccer:for Inter. Young striker did it.- Dino Grgić (@Dino_Grgic) December 21, 2019
An example of team spirit. Respect. pic.twitter.com/Wp8yF687io
The rookie striker was beaming with pride after the game and thanked Lukaku for the brilliant gesture.
"I found myself in sync with Romelu right away, he's a fantastic person who's always looking to help me," Esposito told Sky Sport Italia.
"He reassured me a lot by saying that everything would go alright and I'm so happy to have scored.
"It's been a fantastic week, I can't lie, I didn't sleep a lot thinking about how this game would go. I'd like to thank the team, the coach, the club and Romelu especially for the goal.
"He's a fantastic person and an extraordinary player. He told me to be sure of myself when I stepped up to strike the ball and to score."
Manager Antonio Conte called his No.9 "a great man" following the selfless act and said he epitomised the "very high human values" his team possess.