SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 22 - 27 Jan 2013 (19.45 UK)
Inter 2 - 2 Torino
Chivu 5 (I), Meggiorini 24, 52 (T), Cambiasso 67 (I)
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

Inter had to fight back in order to snatch a 2-2 home draw against Torino, as Riccardo Meggiorini bagged a brace.

Antonio Cassano returned from a thigh injury, though Diego Milito, Walter Samuel, Luca Castellazzi, Philippe Coutinho and Dejan Stankovic were still sidelined. Toro missed Angelo Ogbonna and opted to leave Rolando Bianchi on the bench. Giampiero Ventura’s men were unbeaten in five, but hadn’t won here since 1988.

Only five minutes had passed when the Nerazzurri took the lead, as Cristian Chivu curled a wonderful free kick into the near top corner. Jean-Francois Gillet was unsighted by the defensive wall and could not get there in time.

Javier Zanetti needed a crucial intervention, Riccardo Meggiorini nodded over from five yards and Alessio Cerci’s strike was charged down for a corner.

Inter were sitting back and trying to soak up pressure, but they were penalised when Fredy Guarin was caught in possession on the edge of his penalty area by Meggiorini. The Toro striker combined with Paulo Vitor Barreto to smash a powerful finish under the bar.

Goalscorer Chivu limped off after a knock to make way for Alvaro Pereira. Guarin’s fierce free kick hit the wall and Rodrigo Palacio blasted over after skipping past two defenders.

Andrea Ranocchia ran a risk by barging into the back of Meggiorini in the penalty area, while Kamil Glik almost scored an own goal, turning a Yuto Nagatomo cross on to the side-netting.

Torino incredibly turned it around completely after the break. Cerci rolled a ball across from the right and Meggiorini got between Juan Jesus and Ranocchia to tap in from six yards.

Meggiorini threatened a hat-trick, blasting over after Cerci had dribbled through four defenders until he was tackled by Alvaro Pereira. Gillet smothered a Guarin snapshot and Palacio couldn’t quite steer an Esteban Cambiasso cross in from close range. Cambiasso went for goal himself, sliding in to fire over from a Guarin assist.

Inter’s old guard combined to draw level, as Javier Zanetti got to the by-line to skip past Rodriguez and pulled back for Cambiasso to turn home at the back post.

However, Torino went extremely close again, as Rolando Bianchi’s effort was palmed on to the post from point-blank range. Valter Birsa provided the assist with practically his first touch.

Palacio sprung the offside trap on a Cassano through ball, but Gillet was quick off his line to block the finish. From that corner, Ranocchia went down in the box, but replays suggest it was an accidental clash of knees with Rodriguez.

Bianchi made the most of a lucky ricochet off Juan Jesus to burst into the box, but fired well wide when Meggiorini was unmarked and waiting for the pass.

Guarin’s sudden strike from distance was charged down and a couple of Ricky Alvarez solo runs ran out of steam. Deep into stoppages, Handanovic needed a desperate save to deny Meggiorini his hat-trick, parrying a powerful angled drive from just inside the box.


Inter: Handanovic; Ranocchia, Chivu (Pereira 28), Juan Jesus; Nagatomo, Zanetti, Gargano, Mudingayi (Cambiasso 55); Guarin; Cassano (Alvarez 75), Palacio
Torino: Gillet; D’Ambrosio, Glik, Rodriguez, Masiello; Gazzi, Brighi; Cerci (Vives 81), Barreto (Bianchi 60), Meggiorini, Santana (Birsa 70)
Ref: Massa