Inter Milan marked their long-awaited return to the Champions League in style as they secured a dramatic 2-1 comeback triumph over Tottenham Hotspur at the San Siro.
Christian Eriksen appeared on course to end Spurs’ recent losing run after opening the scoring in the 53rd minute and the score remained the same until the final 10 minutes of the game.
Nerazzurri skipper Mauro Icard led the comeback with a stunning volley to level the scores in the 85th minute before Matias Vecino stole the headlines with a 92rd-minute headed winner.
With the victory, both Inter and Barcelona have secured three points from their opening game and Spurs may have some catching up to do to reach the knockouts from Group B.
Two things we learned:
Inter mark their Champions League comeback in style: For the past six seasons, Inter could not come anywhere close to the elite competition but they managed to do it this time around after they edged Lazio to the fourth position last term. Despite this, their new season has not begun in the best of fashion with just four points from their opening four league games but they managed to put the form aside to secure a victory on their Champions League comeback. Both teams were evenly poised during the course of the game but Inter made the difference by providing a better set-piece threat which allowed Vecino to score the injury-time winner.
Worrying form for Spurs and Harry Kane: Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has recently defended Kane for his struggles in front of goal but there is no hiding that the Englishman’s form has been directly hampering the club’s recent run. Kane has not managed to secure since the 3-0 drubbing of United last month and unsurprisingly in the three games he has failed to score thereafter, Spurs have succumbed to defeats. Against Inter, Kane barely had a sniff at goal until the 37th minute where Christen Eriksen put him through on goal. However, rather than putting his laces through the ball and he tried to round the goalkeeper which eventually came in vain.
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