Tottenham: Vorm 7, Aurier 7, Sánchez 7, Vertonghen 6, Davies 6, Dier 7, Dembélé 7, Lamela 6, Eriksen 9, Son, 7 Kane 5. Subs: Winks 6, Lucas 7, Rose 6.
Inter Milan: Handanovic 7, De Vrij 6, Miranda 6, Skriniar 6, Politano 7, Vecino 6, Brozovic 7, Asamoah 6, Nainggolan 6, Perisic 7, Icardi 6. Subs: Balde 6, Candreva 6.
37 – CHANCE! 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!
53 – GOAL! 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!
86 – GOAL! Wow! What a goal! Asamoah cuts a cross to the edge of the box and Icardi rifles it in with a first-time hit.
90+3’ GOAL! Vecino nods in from the corner! Inter have stolen it!
The Nerazurri controlled the midfield and pressed well, but ultimately struggled to create chances in the final third. Striker Mauro Icardi managed just six touches in the first half.
The best chance of the opening half fell to a struggling Harry Kane, who had the ball at his feet with only the goalkeeper to beat. Presented with the kind of one-on-one chance that the England striker routinely converts, his touch instead allowed the ball to roll out of play.
It was a different story for Spurs in the second half, who showed far greater composure and positivity. The breakthrough came when Christian Eriksen charged forward and struck a powerful shot on goal. Samir Handanovic could only parry it back into the Danes’ path, and his second bite of the apple looped into the net via a wicked deflection from defender Joao Miranda.
Icardi, who had looked off the pace for much of the evening, converted a spectacular equaliser with the clock edging towards full time. Kwadwo Asamoah cut a cross back to the edge of the 18-yard box, where the Argentine dispatched a sublime volley.
Tottenham will host Barcelona at Wembley Stadium in their second group game on 3rd October, while Internazionale will travel to PSV Eindhoven on the same day.
TALKING POINT: Can Tottenham make an impact on the Champions League this season?
Tottenham’s composure vastly improved as the game progressed, but they looked far from their controlled and dominant best. In a tough group that Barcelona should progress from, Spurs will be fighting for the second spot with Inter and PSV. They can make the knockout stage, but they may be stretched too thin to go deep in the tournament.