Champions League: Inter score two late goals to stun Spurs

…Liverpool edge PSG in 5-goal thriller

Two late goals flattened Tottenham as Inter Milan came from a goal down to win their Champions League Group B opener 2-1 at the San Siro.

Spurs were ahead early in the second half after Christian Eriksen’s deflected volley had looped in (53), only for Mauro Icardi to hit a sensational volley to level things up (86).

And as Inter piled on the pressure late on, Matias Vecino nodded home a stoppage-time winner as Inter returned to Europe’s top table with a dramatic win.

The result means Tottenham’s mini-rot goes on, as they suffer their third straight defeat for the first time under Mauricio Pochettino.

Spurs looked nervy early on as Inter players and fans were energised by a first Champions League appearance since 2011, but the best chance of the first half did fall to the visitors.

Picking up Eriksen’s superb lofted ball into the box, Harry Kane’s first touch was perfect, but his second pushed him wide and out of play as he looked to round goalkeeper Samir Handanovic from 10 yards.

But Eriksen put Spurs ahead eight minutes after the break, seeing a long-range effort beaten away by Handanovic before his return half-volley looped over the goalkeeper via a deflection off Miranda.

Erik Lamela tested Handanovic on three occasions after the opener, but the Slovenian stopper was equal to them as Spurs looked more comfortable heading into the final stages.

Substitute Lucas Moura caused problems, and Kane held the ball up well for the visitors, but they were stunned by Icardi’s sensational leveller with four minutes remaining.

Running onto Kwadwo Asamoah’s cut-back from the left, Icardi struck a first-time volley into the bottom left corner from 25 yards on his Champions League debut.

Inter pressed in the final stages, and got their winner in the 92nd minute through Vecino, heading home from six yards after Stefan de Vrij had nodded his own header back across goal from a corner.

Meanwhile, ubstitute Roberto Firmino scored a dramatic stoppage-time winner as Liverpool beat Paris St-Germain in a five-goal Champions League thriller at Anfield.

Daniel Sturridge’s header and James Milner’s penalty had given Jurgen Klopp’s side a commanding 2-0 lead over the French champions in Group C.

PSG pulled a goal back before half-time through Thomas Meunier’s volley before Mohamed Salah thought he had made it 3-1 from close range but, after a delay, his goal was ruled out for Sturridge’s foul on keeper Alphonse Areola.

World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe drew the visitors level with a composed finish late on but Firmino, who suffered an eye injury against Tottenham on Saturday, drilled in a 91st-minute winner. – Sky Sports, BBC.

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