A Disappointing End: Tottenham Hotspur Player Ratings vs Inter Milan

Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur started their UEFA Champions League campaign with a visit to San Siro as they faced Serie A side Inter Milan on Tuesday. The first half of the tie was uneventful, with only two shots on target. However, the second 45 minutes told a different story.

Spurs, who seemed to be the more threatening side, took the lead through Christian Eriksen in the 52nd minute of the match but Inter skipper Mauro Icardi brought the Italian side back into the game with a stunning 85th-minute volley.

The game had another twist waiting as Matias Vecino headed home the winner from a set-piece situation.

Here are the Spurs player ratings:

Michel Vorm (6)

Parried away a deflected header from Spurs defender Sanchez, which could have ended in the back of the net. Made a decent save to deny a header from Perisic just minutes after Spurs took the lead. Couldn’t do anything about the goals. Booked for time wasting as well.

Serge Aurier (6)

Was active on the right flank. Had one of the two shots on target in the first half as he drove a shot from the right side of the Inter box only to be saved by Handanovic.

Davinson Sanchez (5)

Almost cost his side a goal in the first half when a supposed headed clearance went towards his own goal and was fortunately saved by Vorm. Was booked for a poor tackle few yards away from penalty area on Radja Nainggolan, who was running at goal.

Jan Vertonghen (5)

He had a scary moment in the first half as he failed to clear away the ball properly and gave away the ball in his own box. The Belgian was shown the yellow card in the second half for holding Ivan Perisic back.

Ben Davies (6)

Made two interceptions and three clearances. Also blocked one shot. Wasn’t as involved offensively as Aurier.

Eric Dier (5)

Made a tackle and interception each. Wasn’t very influential for Spurs at the centre of the park.

Mousa Dembele (5)

Made 40 passes in the game and maintained the highest passing accuracy percentage of 97.5. However, was dispossessed twice, second most in the tie. Was active defensively as he made four tackles.

Erik Lamela (4)

The former AS Roma player made three shots on target in the tie, all of them from the left side of the box but none of it found the back of the net. Failed to take advantage of a chance, even after the Inter defence switched off expecting him to be called offside. Was replaced by Harry Winks in the 72nd minute of the match.

Christian Eriksen (8)

Had a free-kick attempt easily saved by Handanovic.  Played a splendid ball to find Harry Kane in the box, but the chance went begging as the skipper failed to take advantage of it. Just seven minutes into the game, the Danish international had a shot saved by the opposition number one, but found the back of the net on the second attempt as the goalkeeper failed to hold on to it. Was fortunate to have a deflection on the shot.

Son Heung-Min (6)

Made a great run down the left flank before sending in a corner into the box, which was somehow cleared away by Inter defence. Rattled the net in the second half, but the celebrations were cut short as the linesman called it offside. Subbed off for Lucas Moura in the 64th minute of the game.

Harry Kane (5)

The striker had a great goal-scoring chance in the first half after Eriksen found him the box, but failed to keep the ball under control although he beat the goalkeeper. Taken off for Danny Rose with just one more minute to go for the normal time to be over.


Lucas Moura (5)

Came on for Son with 26 minutes to go in the game. Was sharp when he was on the pitch and would have got an assist to his name if it was not for Handanovic saving Lamela’s shot.

Harry Winks (4)

Was brought on for Lamela in the 72nd minute. Should have done better to deny Matias Vecino from having a free header on goal, which turned into an injury-time winning goal.

Danny Rose (NA)

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