Tottenham were five minutes from another memorable result in the San Siro and Mauro Icardi had not been given a sniff of goal.
Then, from the left flank, Kwadwo Asamoah picked out his captain lurking a couple of yards outside the penalty area.
Icardi waited for the ball to arrive, picked the flight, adjusted his balance and unleashed a volley which swerved unerringly past the dive of Michel Vorm and this fabulous old venue erupted once again.
MATCH FACTS AND STATS
INTER 4-2-3-1: Handanovic 6; Skriniar 6, De Vrij 6, Miranda 6, Asamoah 6.5; Vecino 7, Brozovic 6; Politano 6 (Balde 72, 6), Nainggolan 6 (Valero 89), Perisic 5 (Candreva 64, 6); Icardi 7.5.
SUBS: Padelli, Berni, Ranocchia, D’Ambrosio.
GOALS: Icardi 86, Vecino 90+2.
BOOKINGS: Skriniar, Brozovic.
MANAGER: Luciano Spalletti 6.5.
SPURS 4-2-3-1: Vorm 6; Aurier 5.5, Sanchez 6, Vertonghen 6, Davies 6; Dier 6, Dembele 6; Eriksen 7, Lamela 5 (Winks 72, 5), Son 5 (Moura 64, 6), Kane 5 (Rose 89).
SUBS: Gazzaniga, Wanyama, Walker-Peters, Llorente.
GOAL: Eriksen 53.
BOOKINGS: Sanchez, Vertonghen, Vorm
MANAGER: Mauricio Pochettino 6
REF: Clement Turpin 6.5.
MILAN, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 18: Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Group B match of the UEFA Champions League between FC Internazionale and Tottenham Hotspur at San Siro Stadium on September 18, 2018 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)[/caption
He shifted his balance, adjusted his feet and met it with the sweetest of volleys which screeched low past Michel Vorm and nestled into the corner of the Tottenham net.
This grand old venue erupted once again.
Inter have suffered during a six-year absence from this competition and they were whipped up into a frenzy for this one, jammed in long before kick-off, they even sang along to UEFA’s Champions League anthem.
As the teams came out, their fans unfurled a banner which declared: ‘We Are Back’ and they set off at a breathless tempo but Spurs thought they had put of the fire.
Pochettino’s team weathered the storm of a difficult first half hour and then stole into the lead through a deflected strike from Christian Eriksen, early in the second half.