Christian Eriksen scored his first Inter Milan goal as Inter won at Ludogorets Razgrad in the Europa League last 32.
The former Spurs midfielder slotted home from the edge of the area after Romelu Lukaku’s lay-off with about 20 minutes remaining.
The Dane also hit the bar with a drive from 25 yards before Lukaku sealed the win with a penalty in added time.
Since joining Antonio Conte’s side Eriksen had played 137 minutes across five matches but failed to register a goal or assist.
However, on a night that Inter controlled – limiting the hosts to just one off-target effort – his calm finish into the bottom right-hand corner past Plamen Iliev demonstrated his quality.
Lukaku’s penalty deep into injury times eases the pressure a lot for the second leg at home. Not only did Lukaku’s strike put Inter into a commanding position in the tie, but it also continued his scoring run in Europe’s secondary club competition that began more than five years ago.
The Belgian’s streak started in the 2014-15 group stage while at Everton, when he opened the scoring in a 2-0 win over Wolfsburg.
He was subsequently rested for the final group match with the Toffees already assured of first place, but came back to score in all four of their last-32 and 16 matches as they overcame Young Boys before falling to Dynamo Kyiv.
Thursday marked the sixth consecutive Europa League match in which he has troubled the scorers, a run that has yielded a total of nine goals.
Newcastle United and England legend Alan Shearer, who scored in eight straight UEFA Cup games, was the last man to boast a better record back in 2005.