Final score

21 October 2020 21:00

45' (2nd half) Lukaku
4' (2nd half) Lukaku
2 - 2
Borussia Monchengladbach
40' (2nd half) Hoffman
18' (2nd half) Bensebaini (P)
Referee: Bjorn Kuipers / Linesmen: S. van Roekel, E. Zeinstra / Fourth official: A. Lindhout / Assistants: D. Makkelie, J. de Vries
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46' And so comes to an end the first half at San Siro: it ends 0-0 between Inter and Borussia Mönchengladbach at the break.
45' A minute's added time is indicated.
44' Kolarov plays a long ball to Lukaku, who gets ahead of Elvedi but fails to bring the ball down on the edge of the area.
41' Big chance for Lukaku: Sanchez plays the ball through to him, who does a step over before taking a shot with his right foot. The ball zips past the post to Sommer's right hand side.
39' Eriksen exchanges the ball with Sanchez, who pushes into the area before going to ground... the referee sees no wrongdoing. Play continues.
34' Thuram whips the ball into our area but can't find his teammates. It ends up being an easy save for Handanovic, who is guarded by De Vrij.
31' Brilliant effort by Eriksen: taking the ball from outside the box, he cuts inside and shoots inside the area but sees his effort blocked and deflected out for a corner by a German wall.
28' Eriken threads an aerial through-ball to Darmian, who takes the ball down on his right foot. He pushes into the area but the linesman's flag goes up for an offside called against the Nerazzurri number 36.
22' Nerazzurri chance: Sanchez plays the ball to Darmian, who lays the ball across to Eriksen inside the penalty area but sees his right-footed low shot blocked by Kramer in defence.
17' D'Ambrosio receives a yellow card for a foul on Thuram.
16' Lukaku puts Perisic into space, who accelerates and pumps a dangerous ball into the area: unfortunately, no Nerazzurri are there to meet his cross, and the ball flies past the penalty spot.
13' Eriksen strikes a freekick with a powerful right-footed shot from the centre of the field from about 35 metres out, but sees it saved by Sommer.
12' Perisic crosses the ball for Lukaku, but Sommer clears the ball from inside the penalty area.
11' Sanchez picks up the ball midway in Borussia's half, pushing forward but fails to put Lukaku through on goal.
10' it's the Nerazzurri who have immediately taken over the reins of the game: Inter are frequently inside the opponent's half of the field, with Marco Rose's team managing gaps and spacing well.
5' Perisic whips the ball in from the left hand side into the box towards Darmian, who jumps for the header but can't direct it on goal.
1' Everything is ready for the match to begin. Kick off has been taken and Inter-Borussia Mönchengladbach is officially underway! Let's go boys! FORZA INTER!
1' Inter's european journey starts again with a clash against Borussia Mönchengladbach at San Siro for matchday 1 of the UEFA Champions League 2020-2021
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52' The match finishes at San Siro. Lukaku's double proved not to be enough to take home the three points, and so the first match in the group stage of the Champions League against Borussia Mönchengladbach finishes 2-2.
51' Freekick for Kolarov, who dips the ball over the wall but can only find the side netting.
49' Wolf comes on for Thuram.
45' 6 minutes of added time are set to be played. Still 360 seconds for Inter to take home the three points!
45' GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL! GOAAAAL! GOAAAAAL! Inter draw level straight away courtesy of Big Rom, who scores following a corner. 2-2!
44' Stindl comes on for Plea.
44' Amazing save by Sommer following a Darmian header. He met a Kolarov cross perfectly with his head.
40' Borussia score on the counter: Hoffman beats Handanovic 1 v 1.
38' Foul by Handanovic on Thuram. Yellow card for the Nerazzurri captain.
37' Lautaro clatters the post with a right-footed effort following a cross by Darmian. He is unable to make it 2-1.
33' Bastoni comes on for Perisic.
33' Double Nerazzurri change: Brozovic comes on for Eriksen.
29' First Borussia substitution: Herrmann comes on for Embolo.
29' Following the corner, Perisic is unable to convert at the back post.
28' The Nerazzuri keep pushing: Perisic's deflected cross causes Sommer issues, which is followed by Barella earning Inter a corner.
23' Kramer booked for a firm challenge on Lautaro.
22' Right-footed shot from outside the area by Eriksen, but he sends the ball over the crossbar.
20' De Vrij cautioned after a foul on Embolo.
19' Chance for 2-1: Lautaro plays Darmian through, who makes a half- cross half-shot, sending the ball wide of the post.
18' Handanovic goes the right way but it's not enough. Borussia find their equaliser from the penalty spot. 1-1 at San Siro.
15' Contact in the area between Vidal and Thuram. After a VAR review, the referee awards a penalty to Borussia.
8' Inter create another good chance: Eriksen threads the ball through to Darmian who goes to cross the ball but is tackled.
4' GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL! GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL! GGGGGOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLL SCORED BY LUKAKU! Big Rom takes advantage of a scramble in the area after a move started by the Nerazzurri. Inter lead 1-0!!!!
1' Eriksen plays the ball to Lautaro. Borussia's defence gathers and clears the ball from the area.
1' The second half commences. Come on boys, FORZA INTER!
1' Substitution for the Nerazzurri: Lautaro replaces Sanchez.

de Vrij
Average rating 5.27
4 shots on target 2
8 shots off target 0
16 fouls committed 11
3 corners 2
3 offsides 0
43% ball possession 57%

This will be the fifth meeting between Inter Milan and Borussia Mönchengladbach, and first since November 1979 in the UEFA Cup – the two sides have both registered one victory each across the previous four (D2).

Borussia Mönchengladbach have only lost two of their last 15 games against Italian opponents in European competition (W6 D7), with both of those defeats coming in the Last 32 of the UEFA Europa League – 0-2 v Lazio in 2012/13 and 0-1 v Fiorentina in 2016/17.

Inter Milan have lost five of their last seven UEFA Champions League games against German opposition (W2), although they did win the most recent occasion in which they hosted a German side – 2-0 v Borussia Dortmund in the group stage last season.

Away from home, Borussia Mönchengladbach have only won one of their previous six games in the UEFA Champions League (D1 L4) – 2-0 v Celtic in the 2016/17 group stage.

Lars Stindl is Borussia Mönchengladbach’s top scorer in the UEFA Champions League with five goals and has been directly involved in eight goals in his 11 appearances in the competition to date (five goals and three assists).

Since debuting in the competition in September 2011, Borussia Mönchengladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer has kept just four clean sheets in 26 games in the UEFA Champions League (15%).

Romelu Lukaku has scored nine goals in 11 appearances in European competition for Inter Milan – since the start of last season, only Robert Lewandowski (15) and Erling Haaland (10) have netted more across the UEFA Champions League and Europa League.

Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martínez has scored five goals in six starts in the UEFA Champions League, and eight goals in 14 starts for the club in European competition overall.

Inter Milan have only won two of their last 10 games in the UEFA Champions League (D3 L5), while keeping just a single clean sheet in this run (2-0 v Borussia Dortmund in October 2019).

wins(1) draws(1) defeats(0)

MILAN – A draw rescued in added time, just like in Inter’s opening Champions League fixture last season: the Nerazzurri have begun their European journey with a home draw, as they did against Slavia Prague in 2019. Last year, it was Barella who drew Antonio Conte’s men level. This time, Romelu Lukaku took centre stage after also initially giving his side the lead.

It was a match that almost got away from Inter, despite the fact that Borussia Mönchengladbach only had two shots on target throughout, resulting in two goals. The Nerazzurri will no doubt be feeling regret, especially given how they controlled matters for most of tonight’s showdown. But there will also be a feeling of joy, with the team able to react after falling behind with six minutes left on the clock. Inter have kicked off their Champions League campaign with a 2-2 draw, with the other match in Group B finishing Real Madrid 2-3 Shakhtar Donetsk this evening.

The opening exchanges saw very little by way of clear goalscoring chances, with Rose’s tactical set-up ensuring that one-on-one battles were played out all over the park and preventing the Nerazzurri from finding any rhythm. Nevertheless, Inter were doing their best to break through, with Eriksen manoeuvring between the lines and Matteo Darmian, making his Inter debut, providing a particular threat with his movement down the right flank. From the very start of the match, the former Manchester United and Parma defender displayed a great understanding with his new teammates and was heavily involved in the team’s play. Following Perisic’s excellent cross, he headed over the bar as the Nerazzurri had the first sight of goal. Darmian was involved in another Inter chance with 21 minutes on the clock: the Italian pulled the ball back for Eriksen, whose shot was blocked by Kramer just in front of goal. Not only was the Dane looking lively, Lukaku suddenly sprung into life in the 41st minute, firing narrowly wide of the far post with his right foot. It was the final attempt of a first half where the away side failed to conjure up a single effort at goal.

The beginning of the second half was hectic from the get-go: four minutes in, Inter took the lead courtesy of a goal made from the efforts of many players. Vidal crossed the ball into the area, Lautaro headed it across goal, D’Ambrosio recovered the header and pulled it back for Darmian, whose right-footed shot was turned in by Lukaku. The 1-0 lead galvanised the Nerazzurri, and Darmian continued to create chances over and over again.

The German side barely mustered a reaction. So it was a surprise when, in the 63rd minute, Borussia equalised: Vidal's foul on Thura led to a penalty kick and a subsequent goal by Bensebaini. With the score tied at 1-1 and with Inter’s initial advantage wiped out, it was the Nerazzurri who suddenly seemed a bit tired and looked to have lost their competitive edge. To take the lead, all their hard work would have to be done again.

The team didn’t give up, but the fluidity of their attacks started to decrease when compared to the first hour of play. Nevertheless, the Nerazzurri continued to push forward and fashioned an incredible opportunity, a turning point in the match: a quick cross into the area by Darmian was met by Lautaro, who had made a brilliant run towards the front post. His right-footed volley clattered against the upright.

A brutal blow then came for Inter: Borussia broke through, and Hoffman went one-on-one with Handanovic and slid the ball under the goalkeeper to make it 1-2. A long VAR check concluded with confirmation of the goal, meaning Inter had just six minutes plus added time to regain their grip on the game.

However, like always, the Nerazzurri refused to back down: the siege began, with Darmian heading a brilliant effort on goal, only to be met with an equally fantastic save by Sommer. Kolarov then whipped in a corner, Bastoni jumped to head the ball on to a lurking Lukaku at the back post, who bundled the ball into net off his thigh.

The Nerazzurri kept pushing and, in the 96th minute, had the chance to get a winner, but Kolarov’s free kick hit the side netting having dipped over the wall. And so it finished a draw, and a bittersweet one at that: it's frustrating to only come away with a point, but we can be proud we got back in the game. Now, we look forward to Serie A, with our next game in the Champions League coming up after Saturday's trip to Genoa.


INTER (3-4-1-2): 1 Handanovic; 33 D'Ambrosio, 6 de Vrij, 11 Kolarov; 36 Darmian, 23 Barella, 22 Vidal, 14 Perisic (95 Bastoni 79'); 24 Eriksen (77 Brozovic 79'); 9 Lukaku, 7 Sanchez (10 Lautaro 46').
Substitutes: 27 Padelli, 35 Stankovic, 13 Ranocchia, 38 Boscolo Chio, 42 Moretti, 44 Nainggolan, 47 Squizzato, 99 Pinamonti.
Coach: Antonio Conte.

BORUSSIA MÖNCHENGLADBACH (4-2-3-1): 1 Sommer; 18 Lainer, 28 Ginter, 30 Elvedi, 25 Bensebaini; 6 Kramer, 32 Neuhaus; 23 J. Hoffman,  36 Embolo (7 Herrmann 75'), 10 Thuram (11 Wolf 95'); 14 Pléa (13 Stindl 90').
Substitutes: 21 Sippel, 31 Grün, 3 M. Lang, 16 Traoré, 17 Wendt, 24 Jantschke, 43 Reitz. 
Coach: Rose.

Goalscorers: 49' Lukaku (I), 63' Bensebaini pen. (BM), 84' Hoffman (BM), 91' Lukaku (I)
Bookings: D'Ambrosio (I), de Vrij (I), Kramer (BM), Handanovic (I)
Added time: 1' - 7'.

Referee: Kuipers.
Assistants: van Roekel, Zeinstra.
Fourth Official: Lindhout.
VAR and VAR Assistant: Makkelie, de Vries.

starting lineups

Handanovic 1 1 Sommer
D'Ambrosio 33 28 Ginter
de Vrij 6 30 Elvedi
Kolarov 11 25 Bensebaini
Darmian 36 18 Lainer
Barella 23 6 Kramer
Vidal 22 32 Neuhaus
Perisic 14 36 Embolo
Eriksen 24 23 Hoffman
Sanchez 7 10 Thuram
Lukaku 9 14 Pléa


Padelli 27 21 Sippel
Stankovic 35 31 Grün
Martínez 10 3 Lang
Ranocchia 13 7 Herrmann
Boscolo Chio 38 11 Wolf
Moretti 42 13 Stindl
Nainggolan 44 16 Traoré
Squizzato 47 17 Wendt
Brozovic 77 24 Jantschke
Bastoni 95 43 Reitz
Pinamonti 99

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