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Inter Milan takes three points at PSV in Champions League

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Mauro Icardi and Radja Nainggolan shine for Nerazzurri in win.

PSV Eindhoven v FC Internazionale - UEFA Champions League Group B
Radja Nainggolan of Inter Milan celebrates with team mate Mauro Icardi after scoring his side’s first goal during the Group B match of the UEFA Champions League between PSV and FC Internazionale at Philips Stadion on October 3, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands.
Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

A goal in the 60th minute by Mauro Icardi broke a 1-1 stalemate and led Inter Milan to a 2-1 win at PSV Eindhoven in the Group B Champions League matchup Wednesday.

Icardi’s delivery in the second half was his 110th goal in 189 matches for Inter and put the Nerazzurri tied atop the group with Barcelona — who defeated Tottenham Hotspur 4-2 in London — with six points while both PSV and Tottenham have zero points in the group.

It was PSV who struck first in the 27th minute when Pablo Rosario delivered a strike from the 25 yards out to put PSV up 1-0.

For PSV it was the first ever goal scored against the Nerazzurri in any competition as Inter have held the Dutch side scoreless in their previous two meetings.

Inter had an opportunity prior to Rosario’s strike, but Icardi and Matias Vecino could not get the ball down.

Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic nearly got removed but was just shown a yellow card for handling the ball outside of the area.

Just before halftime, Nainggolan drew the match level with a blast running into the area after Inter took two previous chances by Icardi and Kwadwo Asamoah at PSV goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet.

Inter dominated the second half and it paid off in the 60th minute when Danilo D’Ambrosio drilled the ball forward to the feet of Icardi who put the ball past Zoet, who had run into one of his defenders, giving Icardi room to maneuver the ball into the back of the net.

It was the second goal in Champions League play for Icardi, who previously scored in Inter’s opener with Tottenham Hotspur.

He nearly got a brace, but his open header was pushed away from Zoet. Handanovic equally had a solid save when PSV substitute Donyell Malen had a beautiful bicycle kick that Handanovic was able to push away.

The PSV win was the fifth straight in all competitions for the Nerazzurri since they opened the Champions League campaign with a 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur.

The Nerazzurri will be back in action Sunday, Oct. 7 with a trip to SPAL — the final game before the second international break. Their next Champions League match will be at the Camp Nou when they take on fellow group leaders Barcelona on Oct. 24.


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