Inter 1-1 PSV Eindhoven: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Lacklustre Nerazzurri Bow Out of UCL

?Inter were held by a winless PSV Eindhoven side at San Siro, with Lucas Moura’s late equaliser against Barcelona at the Nou Camp edging the Italians out of the Champions League. 

After a fast start, the Nerazzurri were stunned in the 13th minute when PSV pounced on a mistake from Kwadwo Asamoah to take the lead through Hirving Lozano, and were hapless for the ensuing 32 minutes of the first half. 

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Indeed, the Dutch side could’ve been out of sight with a bit more composure in front of goal. The second period brought more dominance for Luciano Spalletti’s side, and (who else) Mauro Icardi’s 73rd minute leveller looked to have snuck the three-time winners through. 

But, Lucas’s tap in 12 minutes later turned it all around, condemning Inter to failure at the ?Champions League group stages for only the second time in their feted history.


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KEY TALKING POINT – With 84 minutes on the clock, this would’ve likely detailed the unrivalled composure of a certain Argentine number nine. 

But it is now all about the decisions of Spalletti. The 59-year-old refused to bring on Radja Nainggolan despite Marcelo Brozovic’s clear fatigue and general malaise, and seemingly chose to rest on his laurels and safeguard the point rather than fight to win the game.

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By the time Spurs had reversed the stituation, the tactician had already made his three substitutions, the last of which being a somewhat negative turn to Sime Vrsaljko, who’s been struggling for form.

He was equally inefficient in conveying a need for a drastic change in tempo and desire upon the equaliser at Barcelona, with minutes relapsing before his side seemed to show any impetus to score the required winner.


PLAYER RATINGS

Starting XI: Handanovic (7); D’Ambrosio (6), De Vrij (7), Skriniar (7), Asamoah (3); Candreva (6), Brozovic (4), Valero (6); Politanio (7), Icardi (9*), Perisic (7).

Substitutes: Keita Balde (6), Lautaro Martinez (4), Sime Vrsaljko (4).


STAR MAN – As I’ve already alluded to, who else but ?Mauro Icardi. It’s almost become a trope for the 25-year-old to score his first genuine chance of the game, and with this Inter side, it’s usually late on.
Once again starved of service, the Argentine utilised his wondrously evasive movement skills to latch onto Matteo Politano’s searching back-post ball and clatter it past the hitherto stoic Jeroen Zoet in goal.

Though his side probably deserve this damning fate, he most certainly does not, after producing some of the competition’s most glorious moments with next to no aid from elsewhere.

WORST PLAYER – Kwadwo Asamoah had, quite simply, a stinker. He was caught inexplicably dawdling on the ball for PSV’s crucial opener, and his subsequent barrelling around to make amends did everything but.

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KEY TALKING POINTWith nothing to play for, not even the non-privilege of playing in the Europa League, many thought the Dutch champions would roll over at San Siro.

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This was certainly not the case, with Mark van Bommel’s side employing nifty tactics to continually unsettle their hosts on the counter. Perhaps it was because it was Lozano that got them the goal, but their style of play almost evoked memories of Mexico’s infamous toppling of Germany at the World Cup.

A worthy exit for a team who have shown more than their two points suggest.


PLAYER RATINGS

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Starting XI: Zoet (8); Dumfries (8), Sainsbury (7), Viergever (7), Angelino (4); Rosario (6), Hendrix (7); Lozano (8), Gutierrez (6), Bergwijn (8); De Jong (6).

Substitutes: Michael Sadilek (6), Donyell Malen (6), Gaston Pereiro (5).


STAR MAN – A shout out to the goalscoring Mexican, who was lively throughout, as well as to custodian Zoet, who provided probably the game’s greatest moment of quality with a stunning save to stop Icardi from 12 yards out, but I’m going to give it to Denzel Dumfries.

The Dutch international was composed throughout, showing admirable levels of skill, concentration and determination. At 22, he’s certainly one for the future.

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WORST PLAYER – Jose Tasende, or Angelino as he is known, was utterly porous on the left flank, and remained dumbfounded throughout that a left footed player like Politano was continuously cutting in on said foot to cross it in. Incredible levels of ineptitude.

Looking Ahead
For PSV Eindhoven, they’ll be looking to wrestle control of the Eredivisie with a win against Heracles on Saturday.
Meanwhile, ?Inter will turn their attentions back to ?Serie A by welcoming Udinese to San Siro, as they seek to consolidate a Champions League place in the face of Juventus’ dominance.

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Luciano Spalletti Admits ‘Tension and Anxiety’ Harmed Inter After 1-1 PSV Draw & UCL Elimination

?Inter manager Luciano Spalletti said nerves got the better of his side after the Serie A side drew 1-1 with PSV on Tuesday, resulting in their elimination from the Champions League.

The Nerazzurri exited Europe’s elite club competition after Lucas Moura scored a late equaliser against Barcelona, with Inter needing to better Tottenham’s result to qualify as runners up in Group B.

Hirving Lozano’s opener in the 13th minute was cancelled out by Mauro Icardi’s second half effort, but Inter could not force a late winner and will now play the rest of their European football this season in the Europa League after Spurs’ 1-1 draw in Catalonia.

??Speaking to Sky Italia as quoted by ?Goal, Spalletti admitted his side did not deal with the pressure of the situation.

He said: “We were unable to keep our calm, despite the fact everything was still possible. We gave the ball away, were tactically not organised and PSV were allowed some dangerous counter-attacks.

“As the anxiety grows, you lose sight of how to control the game and it became end to end. We had our chances to score, but it wasn’t the right attitude we needed in that moment.

“Not every team can beat anyone. This does weigh on our psychology and we had to keep the game in the balance, but we became too frenetic after going a goal behind.”

Spalletti also revealed he wanted the score from Camp Nou announced during the game at San Siro.

He added: “Naturally, the crowd cheers and the players look around to see what happened. UEFA asked if I wanted to have the results from elsewhere pop up on the screen and I said yes. A team like ?Inter needs the mental strength to handle that situation.

“It’s not one player who can change the overall attitude of a team, it’s a much bigger picture. We must do everything together, as it’s the only play to play like a unit.

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“It’s easy to look back and say there are moments when we could’ve done better, but once again we let the tension get to us and didn’t handle the situation well.

“There is disappointment, the same as any other club that goes out of the ?Champions League.”

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5 Teams Who Could Have Their Champions League Dreams Shattered This Week

There is still plenty to play for on the final matchday of the 2018/19 Champions League group stage.

The likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid may already be assured of their place in the knockout rounds, but five big names are still in danger of crashing out of the competition this week.

Here’s a look at five teams whose Champions League dreams could be shattered…


?Internazionale

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Inter are at risk of their first Champions League campaign since 2011/12 ending at the first hurdle after a loss against Tottenham on matchday five saw them slip to third place in Group B, although they remain level on points with Spurs above them.

A win for the Nerazzurri at home against an already eliminated PSV Eindhoven in the final game could be enough to see them through, but there are no guarantees.


Tottenham Hotspur

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Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham players are well aware that Inter are breathing down their necks and it was only because of a dramatic and heroic late win over the three-time European champions last time out that Spurs even have a chance of reaching the knockout rounds.

Harry Kane and co. will have to call on that spirit as they desperately need to take points off Barcelona. Taking to the pitch at Camp Nou, they must simply match Inter’s result against PSV, win, lose or draw. 

Anything less than a win might result in dropping into the Europa League.


Napoli

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Napoli find themselves top of Group C with only one game left to play and yet could actually be third and out of the Champions League by the time matchday six is over. That is how tight it is.

The Serie A side are at least in control of their own destiny and do not have to rely on another result elsewhere in the group going in their favour as long as they aren’t beaten by Liverpool, on what promises to be an epic European night at Anfield. Losing leaves them exposed, though.


Liverpool

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Liverpool are playing catch up in Group C after suffering defeats against Napoli, Red Star Belgrade and Paris Saint-Germain in their first five games. Now, only a win in the final game when Napoli visit Anfield will be enough for last season’s finalist to make the knockout rounds.

Assuming PSG beat Red Star in the other game, Liverpool can progress with a 1-0 win over Napoli. A victory of two or more goals would be enough, but UEFA’s tiebreaker criteria means that a 2-1 or 3-2 win, for example, would not be enough. Though if PSG cannot beat Red Star, any Liverpool win will actually do the job.

On the other side of the same coin, if Napoli beat Liverpool and Red Star beat PSG, the Reds would actually finish bottom of the group and even miss out on the consolation Europa League.


Paris Saint-Germain

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Should a PSG side featuring Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, the two most expensive players of all time, not qualify for the Champions League knockout stages there would be a huge inquest in the French capital as this team has been solely built for European glory after dominating France.

What’s more, it could very feasibly happen if the Ligue 1 leaders are unable to win on the road against Red Star, who haven’t yet been beaten in Belgrade in the competition this season, and Liverpool win by any score-line against Napoli.


For the first time ever the Triple Changers are here! There’s more to this Triple Changer than meets the eye. Shatter is on the hunt in ?#BumblebeeMovie this Christmas.


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Coppa Italia Last 16 Draw Sees Juve Travel to Bologna While Napoli Face Sassuolo

?The draw for the Coppa Italia round of 16 has taken place, as the top eight Serie A sides entering the competition, with league leaders Juventus facing a trip to struggling Bologna as they endeavour to win the prestigious trophy for the fifth consecutive year. 

Juve made history when they became the only side in the history of the competition to win it four years on the bounce against Milan in May, and are looking to extend their unprecedented run of domestic dominance even further by winning the 2018/19 trophy. 

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Elsewhere, last year’s beaten finalists ?Milan will travel to Sampdoria, who overcame SPAL in the fourth round in one of five all-?Serie A clashes, while ?Napoli host Sassuolo. 

Serie B side Virtus Entella, the lowest ranked team left in the competition, will look to follow up their surprise victory over Genoa on penalties with another historic victory, as they travel to AS Roma looking to upset the odds yet again.

You can see the entire list of fixtures below.

?Bologna vs ?Juventus?
?Lazio  vs? Novara?
?Sampdoria vs? Milan?
??Inter vs? Benevento
?Napoli vs? Sassuolo?
?Torino vs? Fiorentina?
?Cagliari vs? Atalanta?
?AS Roma vs? Virtus Entella?

Ties will be played on the weekend of January 12, with two matches taking place on Monday January 14.

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Inter vs PSV Eindhoven Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

?Inter clash with PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday night, as the UEFA Champions League group stage draws to a conclusion.

The Italian club is looking to achieve progress to the round of 16 for the first time since the 2014/15 season and qualification is dependent on the result of a simultaneous match between Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur.

?Inter will be knocked out of the competition if ?Spurs win at the Camp Nou, while any other result will be good enough to see them through – if they beat PSV.

As for PSV themselves, their ?Champions League campaign ends in this match regardless of the result. The Dutch side have recorded only one point in Group B and even a win over Inter won’t earn them the consolation prize of a place in the Europa League.

Check out 90min’s preview of the upcoming game below.


How to Watch

?When Is Kick Off? Tuesday 11 December?
?What Time Is Kick Off? ?20:00 (BST)
?Where Is it Played? ?San Siro
?TV Channel/Live Stream? ?BT Sport ESPN
?Referee? ?Felix Zwayer

Team News

Midfielder ?Radja Nainggolan remains Inter’s only major injury concern ahead of their match against PSV Eindhoven.

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The Belgian hasn’t featured for I Nerazzurri since their last Champions League clash with Tottenham, and although Luciano Spalletti is hopeful for his return, Tuesday’s clash may come to early for the 30-year-old.

The visitors have no fresh injury concerns outside of long-term absentees Ryan Thomas and Matthias Verreth, who are both out with knee injuries.


Predicted Lineups

?Inter ?Handanovi?; Vrsaljko, Škriniar, Miranda, Asamoah; Gagliardini, Brozovi?, João Mário; Politano, Icardi, Periši?.
?PSV Eindhoven ?Zoet; Dumfries, Schwaab, Viergever, Angelino; Rosario, Hendrix; Lozano, Pereiro, Bergwijn; De Jong.


?Head to Head Record

This is just the fourth time Inter will meet PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League, after their first group stage match this season and two other group stage fixtures during the 2007/08 campaign.

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?Inter have won all three matches against their Dutch opponents, conceding a single goal, as they scored five of their own. That PSV goal came earlier in the group stage this season, when they were beaten 2-1 by Spalletti’s men, courtesy of goals by Nainggolan and striker ?Mauro Icardi.


Recent Form

Ever since their 5-0 win over Genoa, Inter have won one of their following six matches in all competitions, recording three losses and two draws. That form has seen them yield second place in the ?Serie A to rivals ?Napoli?.

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PSV, meanwhile, enjoyed a 6-0 victory over Excelsior in the Eredivisie, recording their 14th win in 15 league matches so far to ensure their place on top of the table.

Their form in the Champions League, though, has produced contrasting fortunes, as they’ve won none of their five matches in Group B, and are thus definitely heading out of Europe following Tuesday’s match at the San Siro.

Here’s how each team has performed in their last five fixtures:

Inter? PSV Eindhoven
?Juventus 1-0 Inter (7/12) ?PSV Eindhoven 6-0 Excelsior (7/12)
?Roma 2-2 Inter (2/12) ?Feyenoord 2-1 PSV Eindhoven (2/12)
?Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Inter (28/11) ?PSV Eindhoven 1-2 Barcelona (28/11)
?Inter 3-0 Frosinone (24/11) ?PSV Eindhoven 3-0 SC Heerenveen (24/11)
?Atalanta 4-1 Inter (11/11) ?De Graafschap 1-4 PSV Eindhoven (10/11)

Prediction

It’s a tricky position to be in, relying on results elsewhere to confirm your qualification, but? Inter are going to have to deal with that reality, as complete focus on their match against the Dutch champions is crucial to their chances of going through.

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They certainly boast a stronger side than PSV on paper and should match that on the pitch with an important win.

Prediction: Inter 2-0 PSV Eindhoven

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