Tottenham’s Champions League campaign started with defeat as goals from Matias Vecino and a Mauro Icardi stunner gave Inter a 2-1 win. Spurs had taken a second half lead through a deflected Christian Eriksen strike, but on their return to European football’s top competition after six years away, the Italian side took all three points at the death.
Before the game, talkSPORT.com had been told that Inter don’t stop until the end and also to not let the ball near Icardi in the penalty area. Both things happened and Spurs paid the price as the striker’s stunning effort flew in past Michel Vorm, with Uruguayan midfielder Vecino heading a winner in added time to send Spurs to a third consecutive defeat.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino had rung the changes before the game, bringing in Serge Aurier, Davinson Sanchez, Ben Davies, Erik Lamela and Heung-min Son.
Harry Kane led the line and wasted the visitors’ best chance when he overran the ball trying to go around goalkeeper Samir Handanovic. At the other end, Vorm made a diving save to prevent Sanchez heading into his own net.
Spurs, though, took the lead eight minutes into the second half through Eriksen, who sent a deflected effort over Handanovic after his first effort from the edge of the box was pushed away by the goalkeeper. Tottenham were then punished for wasting a number of second-half chances when Icardi equalised for Inter with four minutes left.
The striker brilliantly volleyed in from the edge of the area from Kwadwo Asamoah’s left-wing cross. Vecino then completed the dramatic turnaround in stoppage time.