Inter Milan earn 3 points after making a sensational comeback to complete a late 2-1 victory against Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 18, 2018
Two late goals by Icardi and Vecino brought Tottenham down as Inter Milan came from a goal down to win their Champions League Group B opener 2-1 at the San Siro.
Spurs were leading early in the second half after Christian Eriksen‘s diverted volley found the net at the 53rd minute. As they moved towards victory, Mauro Icardi hit a sensational shot to level things up at the 86th minute. Inter accumulated the pressure late on, leading to Matias Vecino‘s stoppage-time winner as Inter returned to Europe’s top table with a dramatic win.
Spurs looked enthusiastic at the beginning while Inter players and fans were excited by a first Champions League appearance since 2011 and the best chance of the first half did fall to the visitors. Picking up Eriksen’s superb lofted ball into the box, Harry Kane‘s first touch was excellent, but his second forced him wide and out of play as he tried to go round goalkeeper Samir Handanovic. Eriksen then put Spurs at the lead eight minutes after the break, with a long-range effort knocked away by Handanovic before his half-volley curved over the goalkeeper through a deflection off Inter defender Miranda.
— Inter (@Inter) September 18, 2018
Erik Lamela tested Handanovic on three incidents after the opener, but the Slovenian stopper was able to keep the ball at bay as Spurs looked more confident heading into the final minutes. Substitute Lucas Moura caused trouble, and Kane held the ball up well for the visitors, but they were stunned by Icardi’s incredible leveller with four minutes remaining.
Running onto Kwadwo Asamoah‘s cut-back pass from the left, Icardi struck the ball into the bottom left corner from 25 yards on his Champions League debut. Inter pushed in the final stages, and got their winner in the 92nd minute through Vecino, heading home a goal from six yards after Stefan de Vrij had passed his own header back across goal from a corner.
⚽️ 53' Christian Eriksen
⚽️ 86' Mauro Icardi
⚽️ 90+2' Matías Vecino
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) September 18, 2018
The result means Tottenham’s losing streak goes on, as they suffer their third straight failure for the first time under Mauricio Pochettino.
Tottenham now travel to Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday, while Inter face Sampdoria in Serie A on Saturday, 22nd September.