The Nigerian international midfielder who recovered from a lengthy injury started the Europa League game, having previously sat on the bench for Inter Milan's last two matches against Chievo Verona and Fiorentina respectively in the Serie A.
Joel Obi's 30th minute goal was sandwiched between goals from Philippe Coutinho and Marko Livaja in the 10th and 42nd minute respectively. The 22 year old benefitted from a Freddy Guarin cross which he latched unto to extend Inter's lead, after Coutinho had opened scoring.
Joel had never scored for Inter Milan prior to this game, but he showed no signs of nerves as he exhibited great composure in placing his shot into Sasa Stamenkovic's net, after Guarín had ran onto Coutinho's lay-off, and streaked down the right flank before squaring for Joel.
Despite a resurgent performance from the hosts in the second half, all they could get was a consolatory goal scored by Nicolas Canales in the 53rd minute.