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Inter Milan stun Spurs with two late goals


Inter Milan stun Spurs with two late goals

Tottenham Hotspur threw away all three points in their Champions League opener as late goals from Mauro Icardi and Matias Vecino saw Inter Milan snatch a 2-1 victory at the death at the San Siro.

Late goals from Mauro Icardi and Matias Vecino stunned Tottenham as Inter Milan celebrated their return to the Champions League with a dramatic Group B win. Christian Eriksen's deflected strike earlier in the second half looked to have been decisive for Spurs, who stepped up a gear after an unconvincing first period, beset by poor passing.

However, Argentine Icardi, a peripheral figure for long periods, levelled with a 20-yard volley five minutes from time. And Uruguayan midfielder Vecino then headed a winner in added time to send Spurs to a third consecutive defeat.

It had looked like being a good evening for Mauricio Pochettino's side, even if they started as though back-to-back Premier League defeats by Watford and Liverpool had taken their toll. If that encouraged a vociferous San Siro crowd, Luciano Spalleti's team were unable to capitalise.

Instead they carried their indifferent Serie A form - they are 15th after winning just one of their first four games - into European competition, and were eventually punished by Denmark midfielder Eriksen.

The 26-year-old was the visitors' stand-out performer and followed up on his own parried shot to give Spurs the lead with an effort that veered over goalkeeper Samir Handanovic via a nick off Inter defender Miranda.

For drama, it all looked a far cry from the clubs' last meeting in the competition in 2010, when the Italians led 4-0 after 35 minutes before a 21-year-old Gareth Bale announced himself with a hat-trick that nearly transformed the game.

But drama there was, at the very last, as Inter first looked to have salvaged a point, and then stole all three to follow group leaders F. C Barcelona with a opening-day win.

The stats

* Tottenham Hotspur have won just one of their past 10 European matches away from home against Italian opposition (D4 L5).

* Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi has scored in each of his past three appearances in European competition, after scoring just one in his previous 11 games.

* Inter Milan have won four of their past five Champions League matches against English teams (L1 - vs Spurs).

* Tottenham's Christian Eriksen has scored three goals in his past five Champions League appearances, one more than in his previous 24 in the competition.

* Harry Kane attempted no shots in this match for Tottenham - only the second time since the start of last season that Kane has not attempted a single shot in a match in which he has played at least 45 minutes for Spurs in all competitions (also vs Man City in April 2018).

* This is the first time that Spurs have lost three consecutive games in all competitions under Mauricio Pochettino and the first time since March 2014, under Tim Sherwood.

- Source: News websites

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