Final score

18 September 2018 18:55

Inter
47' (2nd half) Vecino
41' (2nd half) Icardi
2 - 1
Tottenham
9' (2nd half) Eriksen
referee Clément Turpin / linesmen Danos, Gringore / 4th man Debart / assistants Buquet, Rainville
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45' No time is added on here at San Siro and the score is 0-0 at the break
43' Aurier's cross-shot is kept out by Handanovic. Then Perisic slides in to tackle Dier but Turpin deems it a foul and pulls out a yellow card
39' Politano strikes the ball well but the it hits the wall and goes out for a corner
38' Sanchez fouls Nainggolan from behind 20 metres out and receives a yellow card
37' Eriksen players in Kane, who finds himself on the shoulder of De Vrij: he gets past an outrushing Handanovic but loses control of the ball and it goes out for a goal-kick
36' Son crosses it in from the left: the ball evades everybody before Asamoah wins back possession for Inter
34' Nainggolan comes out on top in a battle with Vertonghan, but Sanchez gets in the way of his ball to Icardi. Then Brozovic has a go but fires wide!
31' Politano takes a corner from the right, Perisic rises to meet it at the far post but can't connect with the ball properly
30' Tottenham free-kick is put into the area but the ball ends in Handanovic's hands
26' Perisic's deflected cross is punched away by Vorm. The ball lands in the centre of the area but no one is there to put it in the back of the net
25' A very balanced match: Inter are looking to put pressure on Tottenham but the away team are defending well
21' Son is fouled by Skriniar: referee Turpin gives Tottenham a free-kick and pulls out the yellow card
19' Nainggolan attempts to play it through to Icardi, but Sanchez reads it and intercepts the pass
14' Throw-in from Politano, Perisic plays it to Vecino, whose left-footed shot from inside the area goes over
12' Free-kick for Tottenham 30 yards out: Eriksen takes it, but Handanovic saves. Asamoah then clears acrobatically
11' First chance for Inter: Sanchez gets in the way of Icardi's effort in the box after good work by Perisic
9' The corner is taken and arrives at Nainggolan's feet at the edge of the box, but he can only fire over the bar
8' Perisic crosses the ball into the box but Aurier is on hand to head it behind for a corner
3' Nainggolan plays in Icardi behind Tottenham's defence, but the Nerazzurri striker is offside
1' The game has begun. Come on Inter!!!
1' We're here. It's finally time for the Champions League! Inter return to the European stage in what is the most prestigious competition. Their first group game is against Tottenham!
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50' It's over here! Inter come back to win against Tottenham on their return to the Champions League: Icardi and Vecino score the goals to give Inter their first three points in Group B
47' GOALLLLL! VECINO scores! Candreva's corner is headed into the path of Inter's number 8, who heads it in to make it 2-1!
45' Four minutes have been added on here
44' Final changes of the match: Valero comes on for Nainggolan, while Rose replaces Kane for Tottenham
43' Lucas's effort ends a long way from Handanovic's goal
41' GOAAAAAAAL! Icardi! An extraordinary volley from the edge of the area after Asamoah had played the ball across to him! 1-1!
39' Dier's strike from the edge of the area with his right foot is one to forget
36' Vorm is booked for time-wasting
35' Nainggolan plays in Candreva, whose right-footed shot goes over
31' Nainggolan's header is weak: Vorm collects ahead of Icardi
26' Both teams make a change: Tottenham bring on Winks for Lamela, while Keita replaces Politano for Inter
25' Handanovic gets down low to save Lamela's effort
22' A scramble in Inter's area ends with a save by Handanovic before Brozovic clears
19' Inter replace Perisic with Candreva
18' The visitors bring on Lucas for Son
16' Handanovic saves an effort by Son with his feet
12' Politano crosses it in and Perisic meets it with his head: Vorm gets down low to save it. Inter are looking for an immediate response
9' The Nerazzurri concede: Eriksen's effort deflects off Miranda and ends in the back of the net
7' Vertonghen pulls back Nainggolan: the Belgian defender picks up a yellow card
4' Brozovic plays it towards Perisic, who battles with and eventually fouls Sanchez
2' Politano aims for the far post but fires over the bar
1' The second half begins. No changes have been made by either side at half-time

Handanovic
6.69
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Icardi
7.31
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Brozovic
6.95
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Miranda
6.34
6.34
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Perisic
5.31
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Candreva
4.94
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Skriniar
6.59
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Valero
6.53
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Vecino
7.41
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Nainggolan
6.37
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Politano
6.15
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Asamoah
7.38
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de Vrij
7.1
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Balde
5.73
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4 shots on target 6
7 shots off target 4
11 fouls committed 15
8 corners 4
3 offsides 4
46% ball possession 54%

After qualifying for the competition for 10 successive years between 2002/03 and 2011/12, Inter Milan will be competing in the Champions League for the first time in seven years, their longest wait since the rebranding of the tournament in 1992/93 (also seven between 92/93 and 98/99).

Tottenham only lost one of their eight Champions League games last season (W5 D2), the second leg of their round of 16 match against Juventus (1-2).

There have been 19 goals scored in the four previous meetings between Inter Milan and Tottenham, with the Italian side netting nine times, compared to Spurs’ 10.

Tottenham have won just one of their previous nine European matches away from home against Italian opposition (D4 L4), but that victory did come at the San Siro against AC Milan thanks to a Peter Crouch winner (1-0).

wins(2) draws(0) defeats(0)

MILAN - Inter made their Champions League return on Tuesday night and did so in incredible fashion. Played out in front of 64,123 supporters at San Siro, Luciano Spalletti’s Nerazzurri initially went down 1-0 during their Matchday 1 Group B encounter against Tottenham, however, this was then followed by a historic comeback. Mauro Icardi scored the equaliser (a debut goal in the competition for him), while Matias Vecino then bagged a memorable winner.

Tottenham mostly dictated play during the opening stages, but Inter grew as the game wore on. The Nerazzurri threatened twice during the first 10 minutes, first through a cross from Perisic and then from a right-footed strike by Nainggolan. The 12th minute then saw a header from Perisic force an acrobatic clearance from Sanchez. Tottenham responded two minutes later, with a free-kick from Eriksen leading to a solid save from Handanovic.

With the match firmly in the balance, Vorm made a save from a Nerazzurri cross in the 26th minute, with no other player present to make contact with the ball. Inter kept pressing, and Brozovic was the next man to try his luck but struck a 34th minute shot wide of the post. The English outfit responded during the final period of the first half: first through Kane who skipped past Handanovic but ran out pitch, and then as the Slovenian shot-stopper was on hand to claim a cross from Aurier.

Inter started the second half extremely well: in the 47th minute Politano cut inside and unleashed a wicked left-footed strike that went just wide. After 53 minutes, however, the away team scored: Handanovic did well to save Eriksen’s initial powerful effort but could do nothing about the Dane’s second shot, which looped into the back of the net after deflecting off Miranda’s back. In the 55th minute, the Nerazzurri came close to conceding a second goal: Lamela’s left-footed strike came off De Vrij and narrowly avoided going in.

Inter reacted after 57 minutes, with Vorm saving low down in the Tottenham goal from Perisic’s header. Inter poured forward in their attempt to get back into the game, leaving them open to Tottenham counter-attacks: Handanovic saved twice from Lamela as the visitors looked to extend their lead. Inter were having problems, but they reacted in a fantastic way in the closing stages of the match: in the 82nd minute, Candreva, who had come on for Perisic, fired over from a good position, before something sensational happened just as all seemed lost: Asamoah’s ball from the left was met first-time on the volley by Icardi, whose thunderous effort ended in the back of the net to make it 1-1. The atmosphere in the San Siro was electric, and bedlam ensued in added time at the end of the match as Vecino (yes, it was really him) headed in after De Vrij had sent the ball in his direction following an Inter corner. It was the goal that secured a 2-1 win – a win that is extremely important to Inter in terms of their Champions League ambitions as well as for their season.

Now and always: #ForzaInter!

 

INTER 2-1 TOTTENHAM
Goalscorers: 53' Eriksen (T), 86' Icardi (I), 92' Vecino (I)

INTER: 1 Handanovic; 37 Skriniar, 6 De Vrij, 23 Miranda, 18 Asamoah; 8 Vecino, 77 Brozovic; 16 Politano (72' 11 Keita), 14 Nainggolan (89' 20 B. Valero), 44 Perisic (64' 87 Candreva); 9 Icardi
Substitutes: 27 Padelli, 46 Berni, 13 Ranocchia, 33 D'Ambrosio
Coach: Luciano Spalletti

TOTTENHAM: 13 Vorm; 24 Aurier, 6 Sanchez, 5 Vertonghen, 33 Davies; 15 Dier, 19 Dembelè; 11 Lamela (72' 8 Winks), 23 Eriksen, 7 Son (64' 27 Lucas); 10 Kane (89' 3 Rose)
Substitutes: 22 Gazzaniga, 12 Wanyama, 16 Walker-Peters, 18 Llorente
Allenatore: Mauricio Pochettino

Bookings: Skriniar (I), Sanchez (T), Perisic (I), Vertonghen (T), Vorm (T)

Added time: 0' + 4'

Referee: Turpin
Assistants: Danos, Gringore
Extra officials: Buquet, Rainville
Fourth official: Debart

starting lineups

Handanovic 1 13 Vorm
Skriniar 37 24 Aurier
de Vrij 6 6 Sanchez
Miranda 23 5 Vertonghen
Asamoah 18 33 Davies
Vecino 8 15 Dier
Brozovic 77 19 Dembele
Politano 16 11 Lamela
Nainggolan 14 23 Eriksen
Perisic 44 7 Son
Icardi 9 10 Kane

substitutes

Padelli 27 22 Gazzaniga
Berni 46 3 Rose
Balde 11 8 Winks
Ranocchia 13 12 Wanyama
Valero 20 16 Walker-Peter
D'Ambrosio 33 18 Llorente
Candreva 87 27 Lucas

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