Accumulated emotions are a difficult thing. When they break out of people’s shallows, they sometimes lead to breakdowns, sometimes to violence or human tragedies. But from time to time they also lead to more pleasant things. To collective, deafening cheers, for example. That was exactly what we saw on Tuesday evening in the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium. It could be heard much further, probably all the way to downtown Milan.
The Inter fans had had to wait almost seven years for such an evening. Six times in a row the Italian club had not qualified for the Champions League. They had to watch other clubs clear the trophies as they got caught in the shoals of Serie A midfield. It was noticeable to the spectators that they were ready to make up for all the missed emotions in the first game of the premier class.
Opponents Tottenham Hotspur were whistled out a little louder than elsewhere when entering the grass, the anthem „Pazza Inter“was sung along particularly powerfully and of course standing up. Won duels and throw-ins were celebrated like goals, corners like victories, goal chances like championships – in minute one as well as in minute 52. And the whistles because of time play against Tottenham’s goalkeeper Michel Vorm will probably sound in the ears of the 34-year-old for a long time to come.
Icardi scores from 20 metres
But the big explosion, the quake, the eruption of the Milan volcano saved the Tifosi for the grande finale.
Actually, there were two eruptions. The first came in the 86th minute, when captain Mauro Icardi scored 1-1. A volley from 20 metres away, four minutes before the end of regular time. In fact, the fans were unhappy with Icardi, who had been playing weakly until then and who had stopped just before the goal in the scene because his opponent had jumped into his back.
However, the rumbling in the stands turned to enthusiasm when Icardi scored – offsetting Christian Eriksen’s lead. It was the first inter-goal in the Champions League in 2381 days (after Diego Milito against Marseille in March 2012). The affection that the fans have shown him since then is not self-evident, by the way. It’s been two years since the captain had taken on some of the supporters and even threatened to sic Argentine criminals on them. The past.
Christian Eriksen Honours
- Eredivisie: 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13
- KNVB Cup: 2009–10
- Johan Cruyff Shield: 2013
- Football League Cup runner-up: 2014–15
- Ajax Talent of the Future: 2010
- Ajax Talent of the Year: 2011
- Danish U-17 Talent of the Year: 2008
- Danish Talent of the Year: 2010, 2011
- Dutch Football Talent of the Year: 2011
- Dutch Footballer of the Year Bronze Boot: 2012
- Danish Football Player of the Year: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017
- Danish Football Player of the Year by TV2 and DFA: 2011, 2013, 2014, 2017
- PFA Team of the Year: 2017–18 Premier League
- Tottenham Hotspur Player of the Year: 2013–14, 2016–17
- Premier League Goal of the Month: April 2018
- First footballer to win three consecutive Danish Football Player of the Year awards.
- Most goals scored by a Danish footballer in the Premier League
After the equaliser, the volume levels and tension of the fans remained high, they sensed the chance of the first Champions League victory since November 2011 (2-1 against Lille in the preliminary round). And they were not disappointed. In the second minute of injury time, Matías Vecino scored head-on to 2-1, the second outbreak. The good mood lasted until far after the final whistle.
„Such a match, in the Champions League, gives us so much,“ Captain Icardi said after the match: „It was spectacular. Ivan Perisic, the former Dortmunder and Wolfsburger, added: „We fought to the end and proved our character“. Coach Spaletti praised above all the supporters: „We saw how the fans celebrated in the stadium, what it means to them.
With the victory, Inter now have good prospects of entering the knockout stages of the Champions League. Favourite Barcelona took the top spot with a 4-0 win over PSV Eindhoven thanks to three goals from Lionel Messi, but Inter now have a lead over their closest rivals for second place, Tottenham. „It’s just a win, we have to stay calm,“ said Icardi. „The victory gives us self-confidence,“ said his coach. Marathonbet is the biggest online casino.
Scala del Calcio
The Giuseppe Meazza Stadium, home to both Milanese clubs, has, like so many football cathedrals, become a bit older on closer inspection, and there is an astonishing amount of rubbish in the stairways to the stands. Nevertheless, it still bears the nickname „Scala del Calcio“, the theatre of football. Legendary matches were played here, for example at the 1934 and 1990 World Cup finals.