Inter mounted a stunning late turnaround to come from behind and shock Tottenham with a dramatic 2-1 Champions League victory at a raucous San Siro on Tuesday.
With five minutes of normal time remaining, the home side were trailing to Christian Eriksen’s heavily deflected strike until Mauro Icardi and Matias Vecino netted in quick succession to turn the Group B encounter on its head.
Spurs were perhaps fortunate to see Eriksen’s opener loop over Samir Handanovic off Miranda, but Mauricio Pochettino’s side looked in little danger of relinquishing their lead heading into the final stages.
Inter were inspired by Icardi’s moment of magic, however, the captain thundering a first-time volley into the bottom-left corner from 20 yards before Vecino nodded in Stefan de Vrij’s header from a corner in the second minute of stoppage time.
It was a dramatic denouement to a largely scrappy affair, which had taken 37 minutes for either team to carve out a chance of any note – Harry Kane rounding Handanovic but then losing control after being picked out by Eriksen’s majestic chipped pass.
That disappointment was swiftly overcome after the resumption, though, as a flat-footed Handanovic clawed unsuccessfully at Eriksen’s effort, having got down smartly to keep out the initial shot.
And there was little sign of the late drama to come as Icardi thumped in Kwadwo Asamoah’s cross from the left before Vecino was in the right place to secure Inter’s celebratory return to European football’s top table for the first time since 2011-12.
Pat on the back: Icardi proves Inter’s inspiration
The Argentine was anonymous in the first half – his six touches were fewer than any other player – but his sensational volley galvanised both his team-mates and the stadium.