Mauro Icardi took advantage of an error from PSV Eindhoven goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet to gift Inter Milan a 2-1 victory in their Champions League Group B clash on Wednesday.
Inter, who also won their group-stage opener, inflicted a second defeat on PSV as Radja Nainggolan fired in an equaliser after Pablo Rosario scored his first goal in three years to give PSV the lead.
The victory was deserved on the balance of play, though PSV can point to bad luck in crucial moments and will feel somewhat aggrieved, as shown by the plastic bottles that were launched from the stands on to the pitch late in the match.
PSV went in front on 27 minutes when Rosario thundered his drive from 30 yards into the top corner with Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic rooted to the spot.
There was a moment of controversy five minutes before the break when Handanovic raced out of his box and handled the ball as Steven Bergwijn played it past him, earning the keeper a yellow card. He was fortunate it was not red with Bergwijn probably free on goal but for his intervention.
With the home crowd still seething, Inter levelled just before the break when Zoet could only parry Kwadwo Asamoah’s shot, and the ball fell for Nainggolan to smash into the net from the edge of the box.
PSV were unfortunate not to be in front shortly after halftime when Gaston Pereiro crashed his shot from the edge of the box against the post.
But it was Inter who scored next, just before the hour mark, as Icardi took advantage of uncertainty in the PSV defence to latch on to a long ball. As Zoet collided with defender Daniel Schwaab, Icardi side-footed into the empty net.
Handanovic denied PSV substitute Donyell Malen an equaliser from an overhead kick with the acrobatic effort matched by the save.
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