Edin Dzeko (37 years and 54 days) has become the second oldest player to score in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League, after Ryan Giggs (37 years & 148 days in April 2011).
The Bosnian striker was named in the Inter Milan starting line-up for their Champions League clash with arch rivals AC Milan due to Romelu Lukaku’s lack of match fitness, and he made the most of his opportunity.
While Dzeko is now 37 years of age, the former Manchester City star showed that age is but a number when he slammed home a volley after just eight minutes at the San Siro.
With Olivier Giroud lining up for AC Milan, it was the first time that two strikers over the age of 36 have started a Champions League semi-final clash, and Dzeko showed he’s still got it.
Hakan Calhanoglu whipped a corner in from the left and found Dzeko, who hooked the ball into the top corner of the net with a left-footed volley to put Inter Milan 1-0 up.
Danny Mills said on commentary for talkSPORT: “What a volley that is. That is absolutely outstanding. We saw two fantastic strikes last night, but that is absolutely superb.
At 37 years and 54 days, Dzeko is now the joint-oldest goalscorer in the Champions League, along with Luka Modric who was the same age as he netted for Real Madrid against Celtic last year.
Simone Inzaghi’s men doubled their advantage three minutes later when Henrikh Mkhitaryan slotted the ball in the net as he found himself in acres of space. Inter looked set for a third when they were awarded a penalty but the decision was overturned.