17 September 2019 18:55
|46'||The first half ends at San Siro: 0-0 after the first 45 minutes between Inter and Slavia Prague|
|45'||Miscommunication between Kolar and Soucek as they try to block off Lukaku chasing the ball towards goal. The ball deflects off the three of them and goes out for a corner, Slavia Prague breathe a big sigh of relief!|
|44'||One minute of added time to come|
|40'||Yellow card for Hovorka after a late challenge on Sensi|
|34'||The Nerazzurri keep on pushing: D'Ambrosio drives into the space and tries from distance. The shot's too high and flies over the crossbar|
|31'||Great play from Gagliardini who skips past one opponent before curling a delightful ball towards Lautaro, El Toro leaps acrobatically to control but can't quite get a touch!|
|28'||Gagliardini wins the ball back and starts the counterattack: he plays Lukaku in behind but the striker is called offside|
|24'||What a chance for Inter! Sensi picks out D'Ambrosio from the free kick: the Nerazzurri number 33 is right in front of goal but heads straight at Kolar down the middle. A let-off!|
|20'||Candreva whips it in from the right for Lukaku, he darts in front of Kudela and Hovorka but can't find the target, sending the ball over the crossbar!|
|16'||Another chance for Inter: Lautaro hits it across goal with his left but it flies inches wide of the post and out for a goal kick!|
|13'||Antonio Conte's lads really pick up the pace: Candreva wins back the ball high up the pitch and tries to beat Kolar with an effort off his right. The ball goes just wide of the post.|
|12'||De Vrij with the chance, so close to 1-0! Sensi floats it in from the free kick and finds the Nerazzurri number 6 well, but he heads just over the bar!|
|11'||Lukaku wins it in the air to play it to Lautaro, who anticipates the challenge and is brought down. Free kick for Inter!|
|7'||Dangerous free kick from Stanciu, Handanovic saves well and Candreva puts it out for a corner|
|5'||This time it's Lautaro putting the pressure on Kolar who kicks it out for a throw-in. A close call for the Czech keeper!|
|3'||Great high pressing from the Nerazzurri who immediately cause problems for Slavia Prague's back line: Kolar takes a big risk but just gets past Lukaku in his six yard box!|
|1'||Let's go: the match begins! Slavia Prague kick things off. Come on lads, forza Inter!!!|
|1'||The Champions League is back and everything is ready at San Siro, which is the stage for the Nerazzurri's first European match of the 2019/20 season: just moments until kick-off for Inter vs. Slavia Prague!|
|52'||It finishes 1-1 at San Siro as Barella cancels out Olayinka's goal. The Nerazzurri begin their adventure in the UEFA Champions League 2019/20 with a draw|
|50'||Incredible save by Kolar after Lukaku's header, but the Nerazzurri number 9 was offside anyway|
|47'||GOAL! GOAAAALL! GOOOOOAAAALLLLLL!!! Sensi strikes the crossbar with his free kick, Barella volleys in the rebound to make it 1-1. Still 6 minutes to play. Come on lads!|
|46'||Soucek brings down Politano on the edge: free kick for Inter and a yellow card for Slavia Prague's number 22|
|45'||8 minutes of stoppage time! Come on boys!|
|43'||Skriniar fires one at goal from the edge of the area but Kolar saves without any issues|
|41'||Barella shoots from a central position off his right foot but can't find the target|
|40'||Final change for Slavia Prague: Provod on for Olayinka|
|39'||D'Ambrosio tries from distance, Kolar parries the ball away|
|38'||Unbelievable booking for Politano who protests after an opponent goes down far too easily|
|34'||Change for Slavia Prague: Helal on for Masopust|
|33'||Barella fires over after Lukaku's lay-off: plenty of power but not the accuracy required|
|28'||Politano's cross goes straight down Kolar's throat and the Czech goalie collects the ball|
|26'||After a chance for Slavia Prague, Inter make a double change: Barella and Politano on in the place of Brozovic and Lautaro|
|21'||Stanciu's free kick just flies wide of Handanovic's right post|
|19'||Slavia Prague take the lead with Olayinka's tap-in after Handanovic's brilliant save from Zeleny's shot|
|15'||Lazaro bursts down the right and crosses into the middle: the ball loops over Kolar but there's nobody there at the back post to put it into the net|
|14'||Change for Slavia Prague: Zeleny on for the injured Traoré|
|9'||Booking for Asamoah after a challenge from behind on Traoré|
|6'||Stanciu has a shot at goal from the corner of the area: Handanovic gets down and holds the ball well|
|4'||Forced change for the Nerazzurri: Candreva goes off injured and is replaced by Lazaro. The Austrian number 19 makes his Nerazzurri debut!|
|2'||Inter straight away look to take the lead: Kolar spills the ball and Lautaro gets ready for the tap-in but the Czech goalkeeper recovers and stops a certain goal!|
|1'||The second half begins, no changes for either side. Come on lads, forza Inter!!!|
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This will be just the second appearance for Slavia Prague in a UEFA Champions League campaign and their first since 2007-08. They qualified after defeating CFR Cluj in the Playoff Round of qualification (2-0 on aggregate)
Slavia Prague won their first-ever UEFA Champions League game, in September 2007 against Romanian side FCSB (2-1 at home) but failed to win their subsequent five matches that season (D2 L3).
Slavia Prague haven’t scored a single goal in their last five European matches against Italian clubs, a goalless run that currently stands at 491 minutes.
This is the 13th UEFA Champions League fixture between an Italian and Czech club, with the Italian teams losing only two of the previous 12 (W5 D5); one of which came in the last such meeting in the UCL: Viktoria Plzen 2-1 Roma in December 2018.
Internazionale will be making their 20th appearance in the Champions League/European Cup – only Juventus (34) and AC Milan (28) have had more among Italian sides (including 2019-20).
Inter Milan’s new forward Romelu Lukaku scored three goals in his first two UEFA Champions League appearances but has since scored just four goals in 15 games – all for previous club Manchester United.
Internazionale forward Alexis Sanchez has been involved in 24 goals (12 goals, 12 assists) in his 52 UEFA Champions League appearances, but none of these goal involvements came in six UCL apps at his last club Manchester United, in 2017-18 and 2018-19 combined (375 mins).
|17 September 2019||1-1||65' Olayinka, 93' Barella,||fixture|
MILAN - A feeling somewhere between relief and regret. Inter’s opening match in the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League finished in a 1-1 draw at home to Slavia Prague. Barella’s goal in added time rescued a point for the Nerazzurri, but Conte’s side will be slightly disappointed following pressure in the closing stages. Ultimately, Inter weren’t able to repeat what they did last year in their opening Champions League game, when they won it at the last against Tottenham, and had to settle for a point. Nicolò Barella’s goal in the 92nd minute was his first for the Club and denied Slavia Prague the victory, with the Czech side having taken the lead after 63 minutes through Olayinka.
Jindřich Trpišovský’s side were very much like Antonio Conte had described them in his press conference on the eve of the match: tough, full of running, well-prepared tactically and capable of striking a blow. Meanwhile, Inter’s performance might have been missing that but of spark compared to the three league matches they’ve played so far, but the desire not to lose was there for all to see.
Slavia Prague had the first opportunity in the seventh minute as Stanciu looked to surprise Handanovic with a free kick, but the Inter goalkeeper was ready to make the save. This was a Slavia Prague side displaying an excellent attitude and ready to press high and put in an aggressive performance, while Inter were looking to get it forward to the strikers quickly and make use of the wings. De Vrij had the Nerazzurri’s first big chance of the game in the twelfth minute but couldn’t keep his header down following Snesi’s free kick. Candreva then had a go, firing off target with an effort from distance. Inter were increasing the pressure: with 16 minutes on the clock D’Ambrosio won the ball back for the home side before playing it to Sensi, who then found Lautaro: the Argentine’s strike across the goalkeeper skimmed the far post. Five minutes later, Lukaku got in between two defenders but fired over the bar after Candreva’s ball into the box. In the 23rd minute, D’Ambrosio got on the end of Sensi’s free kick but was denied by Kolar. As the first half was coming to a close, the Nerazzurri lost their rhythm somewhat as Slavia started to win the second balls and find space to play.
The second half started with a great chance for the Nerazzurri: Sensi's cross was palmed away by Kolar and Lautaro pounced on the rebound, but his right-footed effort was smothered by the keeper. This fast start was followed by the first substitution of the match, Lazaro making his Inter debut after Candreva was forced off through injury. Slavia Prague however did not let up with their good play: in the 51st minute Stanciu fired one off his right that Handanovic saved, and just two minutes later the Romanian placed his effort over the crossbar. Two warning signs of what was to come, as in the 63rd minute Olayinka burst down the right and played it into the middle for substitute Zeleny, who snapped a shot off on his left. It was a miracle save by Handanovic to keep it out, but Olayinka was quickest to the rebound and smashed it into the net. 1-0 down and an uphill struggle ahead. The visitors still did not let up with their relentless pressing, and Stanciu grazed the frame of the goal with his free kick from distance. Conte made an effort to shake things up with two changes: Barella and Politano on for Brozovic and Lautaro. Barella threatened an equaliser in the 79th minute, with his right-footed shot sailing over after Lukaku’s set. Inter continued pushing for the draw in the closing minutes as the defenders pushed forward, first D’Ambrosio was kept out by Kolar, then Skriniar shot without success. A huge chunk of added time was then signalled, 8 minutes for the various interventions of VAR, rekindling hope for the Nerazzurri both on the pitch and in the stands. Then, in the 92nd minute, Sensi slammed his free kick into the crossbar. The ball looped up into the air and dropped right onto Barella’s foot for him to volley home for the equaliser. A thrilling last few minutes as Lukaku headed at goal from metres out only to be kept out with a brilliant save, but the effort was offside anyway. A final few chances, but not enough to find victory.
However, the boys did not stop fighting right until the very end: a draw snatched in the closing minutes and five more games still to play in the group. Now heads must turn straight to the #MilanDerby, scheduled for Saturday night at San Siro. Come on lads, and as ever, #ForzaInter.
INTER (3-5-2): 1 Handanovic; 33 D'Ambrosio, 6 De Vrij, 37 Skriniar; 87 Candreva (19 Lazaro 49'), 5 Gagliardini, 77 Brozovic (23 Barella 71'), 12 Sensi, 18 Asamoah; 10 Lautaro (16 Politano 71'), 9 Lukaku.
Substitutes: 27 Padelli, 2 Godin, 8 Vecino, 7 Sanchez.
Coach: Antonio Conte
SLAVIA PRAGUE (4-2-3-1): 1 Kolar; 5 Coufal, 15 Kudela, 2 Hovorka, 18 Boril; 27 Traoré (12 Zeleny 60'), 22 Soucek; 28 Masopust (29 Helal 79'), 7 Stanciu, 9 Olayinka (17 Provod 85'); 10 Husbauer.
Substitutes: 30 Markovic, 11 Tecl, 21 Skoda, 25 Frydrych.
Coach: Jindřich Trpišovský
Goals: 63' Olayinka (S), 92' Barella (I)
Bookings: Hovorka (S), Asamoah (I), Politano (I), Soucek (S)
Added time: 1' - 8'
Referee: Buquet (FRA)
Assistants: Debart, Pacelli
Fourth official: Delerue
VAR and VAR Assistant: Letexier, Millot
|Handanovic 1||1 Kolar|
|D'Ambrosio 33||5 Coufal|
|de Vrij 6||15 Kudela|
|Skriniar 37||2 Hovorka|
|Candreva 87||18 Boril|
|Gagliardini 5||27 Traoré|
|Brozovic 77||22 Soucek|
|Sensi 12||28 Masopust|
|Asamoah 18||7 Stanciu|
|Martínez 10||9 Olayinka|
|Lukaku 9||10 Husbauer|
|Padelli 27||30 Markovic|
|Godin 2||11 Tecl|
|Vecino 8||12 Zeleny|
|Barella 23||17 Provod|
|Lazaro 19||21 Skoda|
|Sanchez 7||25 Frydrych|
|Politano 16||29 Helal|