KO'd by Inter's late show in the San Siro
UCL: Inter 2-1 Spurs
Tue 18 September 2018, 20:30|Tottenham Hotspur
Inter hit a devastating late one-two to leave us reeling at the San Siro on Tuesday evening.
Victory looked on the cards in this Champions League Group B opener as the clock ticked into the final five minutes in Milan.
We were ahead via Christian Eriksen's 53rd-minute strike, in control and if anything, looked likely to add to our lead with Lucas Moura causing all sorts of problems.
Inter were struggling to open us up but then a moment of magic changed everything. Kwadwo Asamoah picked up the ball on Inter's left but instead of crossing into the crowded box, picked out Mauro Icardi on the edge of the area and the Argentine striker connected sweetly first-time, his volley flying into the bottom corner - 85 minutes, 1-1.
The Italians now believed, momentum shifted and they found a winner in the third minute of added time. Stefan de Vrij nodded a corner back into the danger area and Matias Vecino was there to plant a header past Michel Vorm from six yards.
Mauricio Pochettino made five changes to the team that started against Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday as Serge Aurier, Davinson Sanchez, Ben Davies, Erik Lamela and Heung-Min Son all returned.
The first half was an intriguing affair with few clear-cut chances. Eriksen forced the first save of note from Samir Handanovic via a trademark free-kick, Sanchez headed a half-chance into the ground and just before the break, Eriksen picked out Harry Kane, who controlled superbly, tricked past Handanovic but ran out of room.
We started the second half well and took a deserved lead through Eriksen on 53 minutes. He initially scrapped for possession before unloading from 30 yards, Handanovic palmed out, the ball ran back to the Dane and his follow up shot flicked off Miranda and looped home.
We looked good for a second in this spell. Lamela curled just wide and was denied twice by Handanovic and Lucas' sheer pace caused havoc in the home defence.
But that second goal was elusive and Inter ripped up the script in the final act.
You could point to a number of moments when we were 1-0 up and a couple of what turned out to be important saves from Handanovic to deny Lamela, but those saves would have counted for nothing without Icardi's wonder strike to level the score five minutes from time. Icardi's volley from the edge of the box changed the momentum of the game and set up Inter's grand finale.
Mauricio Pochettino said: "We created some chances, didn’t score and when you don’t score and don’t kill the game when it’s only 1-0, the game is open.
"When we conceded the second goal against Liverpool it was tougher because after Lamela scored, it should be 1-1 rather than 2-1 and then the penalty, it should be changed totally in a different way. That is why it’s so thin, the line, and always you need to be focused and for different reasons we could not keep our result."
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Inter 2-1 Spurs
Inter: Handanovic, Skriniar, de Vrij, Miranda, Asamoah, Brozovic, Vecino, Politano (Balde 72), Nainggolan (Valero 89), Perisic (Candreva 65), Icardi (c). Substitutes (not used): Padelli, Berni, Ranocchia, D'Ambrosio.
Spurs: Vorm, Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Lamela (Winks 72), Son (Lucas 64), Kane (c, Rose 90). Substitutes (not used): Gazzaniga, Walker-Peters, Wanyama, Llorente.
UEFA Champions League, Group B, Matchday One
Goals: Spurs - Eriksen 53; Inter - Icardi 85, Vecino 90+2.
Yellow cards: Inter - Skriniar 21, Perisic 43; Spurs - Sanchez 38, Vertonghen 51, Vorm 82.
Referee: Clement Turpin (France).
Venue: Stadio San Siro, Milan.
Weather: Warm, 25 degrees