With just one point from their first three Group B games, it looked as though Spurs would likely be starting 2019 in the Europa League or even devoid of European football.
The repercussions of Tottenham's success at the expense of the Nerazzurri could be more significant than just the possibility of competing for the famous trophy come the end of the season, however.
Harry Kane's future has long been the subject of speculation, with Real Madrid reportedly having held an interest in the prolific Spurs and England striker.
Inter captain Mauro Icardi was believed to be top of their shopping list, though comments earlier this month suggested that he would not be looking to leave the San Siro any time soon.
"I don't think this is the right time, given the results, and I'm fine where I am," the Argentina forward told the Corriere Dello Sport a fortnight ago.
However, Icardi also stated that one of his goals was to return Inter to the Champions League and to win silverware with the club.
Now that the Serie A giants are out of the competition and can cross that trophy off their list, could Real now reignite their interest in Icardi seeing as he's looking more like a viable target, and in turn leave Kane alone?
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