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Internazionale - Tottenham Hotspur
Champions League - 18 September 2018
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It's over. It looked like SPurs had wrapped up three points, but they let the hosts back into this one and paid the price.
After lagging for most of the second half, Inter have absolutely turned this game upside down.
The equaliser definitely revitalised them.
Absolutely no one was marking Vecino in the six-yard box. That's poor defending.
- GoalMatías VecinoInternazionale
Vecino nods in from the corner! Inter have stolen it!
The corner comes in and the ball pinballs through traffic before being cleared for another corner...
Candreva dinks a cross for Icardi and it's put out for a corner! Spurs are on the ropes here!
There will be four added minutes.
Keita delivers a corss to the edge of the box - Inter are pushing for the winner.
- OffHarry KaneTottenham Hotspur
- OnDanny RoseTottenham Hotspur
SUB: Kane makes way for Danny Rose.
That was Icardi's first shot on target of the night.
Quite what he was doing on the edge of the 18-yard box during an attack is anyone's guess, but it worked!
- GoalMauro IcardiInternazionale
Wow! What a goal!
Asamoah cuts a cross to the edge of the box and Icardi rifles it in with a first-time hit.
Moura skips past several challenges as he charges down the left, but his eventual cross is unsuccessful.
He definitely adds much-needed pace to this team.
- Yellow cardMichel VormTottenham Hotspur
Vorm is booked for some "creative time management."
Inter swarm in the box and it falls to Candreva on the right, who scoops it over the bar.
Spurs have looked quite comfortable since taking the lead.
- OffErik LamelaTottenham Hotspur
- OnHarry WinksTottenham Hotspur
INTER SUB: Keita Balde replaces Politano.
SPURS SUB: Winks is on for Lamela.
Moura finds Lamela in the left channel in the box. His cross is intended for Kane but it's cut out!
This is as well as Spurs have played all evening.
Eriksen swings in a wonderful cross for Moura, but Skriniar does well to clear the danger.
Spurs look confident.
Lucas Moura bounbds into the box on the ball but is stoppe din his tracks by Brozovic. Lamela is nearly able to claim the loose ball but Handonovic gets there instead.
- OffIvan PerišicInternazionale
- OnAntonio CandrevaInternazionale
SUB: Candreva replaces Perisic.
- OffHeung-Min SonTottenham Hotspur
- OnLucas MouraTottenham Hotspur
SUB: Moura replaces Son.
Spurs have the man advantage in the box and Son puts the ball in the net... but he's a long way offside.
Politano floats in a free kick, which Davies clears for a corner.
Lamela clears the subsequent corner well.
Politano crosses to Perisic, whose header forces a good save from Vorm!
Lamela shoots from distance and sees it tipped away for a corner!
Spurs are enjoying a great spell.
It wasn't the most beautiful goal but Spurs will gladly take it.
They were rewarded for being much more positive and confident going forward in this half.
- GoalChristian EriksenTottenham Hotspur
Eriksen shoots from distance and Handanovic parries as far as Lamela. He lays it off for Eriksen, who hits a first-time strike which goes in after a wicked deflection off of Miranda!
Brozovic puts the free kick in Politano's path, but his cross is poor on his unfavoured right side.
- Yellow cardJan VertonghenTottenham Hotspur
Vertonghen sees yellow for holding back Perisic as he breaks forward in the final third.
Brozovic launches a long ball over the top for Perisic, but Aurier does well to intercept. Perisic is penalised for pulling Aurier to the ground.
Nainggolan finds Politano with a wonderful square ball. Politano cuts onto his right boot and sees his curling shot sail over the bar.
Harry Kane took only 12 touches in the first half (several of which were clearances), while Icardi managed only six.
- 2nd Half
THE SECOND HALF IS GO!
Icardi takes the first touch.
- End of 1st Half
The referee blows up with no stoppage time.
Inter have looked the better side and dominated for periods, but Spurs had the best chance with Harry Kane's one-on-one that he really should have buried.
Lamela swings it in, but Kane is penalised for an overhead kick attempt that was deemed to be dangerous.
- Yellow cardIvan PerišicInternazionale
Perisic is booked for a slide on Eriksen. Free kick on the right edge of the box...
Lamela finds Aurier on the overlap in the box and his powerful cross is parried away by Handonovic!
Spurs break with Aurier on the right. He wins a throw high up the field.
The last time Tottenham faced Inter at the San Siro, they were 4-0 down after 35 minutes.
So this is a marked improvement.
Tottenham should be one up - a confident and fit Kane would have converted the chance put on a platter for him by a sublime ball from Eriksen.
Politano shoots with the free kick but Kane, in the wall, nods it away for a corner.
- Yellow cardDavinson SánchezTottenham Hotspur
Sanchez is booked for a slide on Nainggolan and he gives away a dangerous free kick around 25 yards from goal.
Eriksen beautifully lifts the ball over the Inter back line and it falls at the feet of Harry Kane. He's one-on-one with the 'keeper and tries to go round him... but the ball rolls away from him.
Nine times out of 10 Kane would tuck that away!
Son puts in a dangerous low cross which is deflected away by De Vrij!
Vertonghen fluffs his lines on a clearance in the box and the ball falls to Nainggolan. Sanchez clears the subsequent effort and Spurs get away with it.
Tottenham's biggest issue tonight has been sloppiness and needlessly giving away the ball.
Politano swings in a corner with pace, but no one touches it and it goes out for a goal kick.
It's been a fairly even tie so far, without any truly significant threats on goal.
Vecino brings down Aurier for a free kick around 45 yards from goal. Eriksen puts it in the mixer but Sanchez's weak header is easily recovered by Handonovic.
Lamela's corner is claimed by the 'keeper but the ref blows up for a foul in the box, likely committed by Sanchez.
Dier lanuches a ball into Harry Kane in the box, but it's put out for a corner...
Perisic crosses from the left and both Sanchez and Aurier get a touch - Vorm has to tip it away with an outstretched glove to prevent an own goal!
During a tough tackle between Dembele and Brozovic, the ball pops!
A new one is pinged in.
Eriksen whips in the resultant free kick from the edge of the area, but Handanovic claims it.
- Yellow cardMilan ŠkriniarInternazionale
Son charges down the left and Skriniar completely bodychecks him. A deserved yellow!
You don't hear it sung like this at the Etihad...
Spurs win their first corner via Lamela. It's taken short and Eriksen's eventual cross is cleared.
Another corner for Inter. Brozovic takes it short and Politano's cross lands in Vorm's gloves.
Spurs have had 57% possession so far.
Eriksen's placed free kick is parried away by Handanovic!
Lamela is shoved to the ground by Brozovic for a free kick around 35 yards from goal.
It's the visitors' first opportunity at goal...
An embarrassment for Ben Davies, who miscontrols on the right flank and puts the ball out of play with little poressure on him.
Another corner for Inter. Brozovic swings it in and Harry Kane heads it 30 yards - a great clearance.
The corner lands in open space and is hit wildly into the stands by Nainggolan.
Asamoah finds Perisic with a chipped ball down the left flank, but the ball is out out for a corner by Aurier.
Dembele pumps it back to Sanchez, who miscontrols it, but is able to chase down the loose ball before any Inter shirts get near it.
Icardi gets in behind the Spurs backline, but the offside trap catches him.
It's a close call, but the right one.
Perisic pushes down the left and finds Nainggolan, who is flagged,
FYI: Inter haven't won in their last four home competitive games.
Tottenham are playing a back three while Inter have surprisingly opted for a four.
IT'S GO TIME AT THE SAN SIRO!
French referee Clement Turpin pips his whistle and Eriksen takes the first touch.
The teams are on the pitch, the mascots are wearing silly shirts and we're nearly ready to go!
These two sides have met on four occasions.
Those games have averaged 4.75 goals and at least one team in each of those games has scored three or more goals.
Kick-off is 10 minutes away and it looks like Heung-Min Son has brought his shooting boots!
Luciano Spalletti - who has coached in the Champions League with Udinese, Roma and Zenit - is confident:
“I don’t think I have ever had a team with as much quality as the one I have now at Inter. This is a competition you wouldn’t swap for anything in the world. You experience truly wonderful emotions. After you’ve been in it, you can’t go without it.”
Pochettino has defended his team selection:
“We have a lot of games coming up. We came from difficult circumstances with the World Cup. We have a plan to give different players a rest in all competitions. In the end no name is more important than another. The most important is the collective. Everyone is available to give their best and, of course, we need to try to give our best.”
He has also had his 'segaulls following the trawler' moment with this beauty:
"It is like a cow that, every day in 10 years, sees the train cross in front at the same time. If you ask the cow, ‘What time is the train going to come?’, it is not going to know the right answer.
"In football, it is the same.”
Why the 17.55 kick-off?
UEFA are trailling two separate kick-off times on Group Stage evenings for the next three seasons. Not only will this allow broadcasters to show more games, but they claim it will be easier on fans in Asia and Australia, who won't have to stay up quite so absurdly late to see their teams in action.
The tl;dr answer: money.
Naturally, this fixture evokes one phrase in the minds of Spurs fans:
"TAXI FOR MAICON!"
The last time Spurs faced Inter at the San Siro, in 2010-11, Gareth Bale scored a hat-trick in a virtuoso performance. Two weeks later at the Lane, he dazzled once again as he helped his side earn a 3-1 victory over the reigning champions.
Pochettino has made five changes to his line-up, but Harry Kane remains. It's been a while since the star striker looked fully fit, but evidently Spurs' biggest game of the season so far is not the time for him to be rested.
TOTTENHAM: Vorm; Aurier, Sánchez, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Dembélé; Lamela, Eriksen, Son; Kane. Subs: Gazzaniga, Rose, Walker-Peters, Wanyama, Winks, Lucas, Llorente /// INTER MILAN: Handanovic; De Vrij, Miranda, Skriniar; Politano, Vecino, Brozovic, Asamoah; Nainggolan, Perisic; Icardi. Subs: Padelli, Berni, Balde Ranocchia, Valero, D'Ambrosio, Candreva
And here's the XI who will represent Inter in their first Champions League Group Stage game in seven ("SEVEN") years...
Here's how Spurs will line up.
Hugo Lloris remains sidelines while Dele Alli, Moussa, Kieran Trippier and Toby Alderweireld did not travel.
It's not the full-strength side, but it's solid. It looks to be a 4-2-3-1.
Hello and welcome to Eurosport's live commentary of the Champions League Group Stage clash between Internazionale and Tottenham.
This is Ryan Bailey (@ryanjaybailey) taking you through all the action from the San Siro.
Kick-off is at th enew-fangled time of 17.55 BST. Team news to follow shortly...