SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 8 - 20 Oct 2013 (19.45 UK)
Torino 3 - 3 Inter
Farnerud 21 (T), Guarin 45 (I), Immobile 53 (T), Palacio 55, 71 (I), Bellomo 90 (T)
Stadio Olimpico

Inter went down to 10 men after six minutes and saved a penalty, then went 3-2 up, but Torino snatched a last-gasp 3-3 draw.

The Nerazzurri needed to get back on track after dropping points to Roma and Cagliari, but had to reshuffle with Ricky Alvarez, Hugo Campagnaro, Diego Milito, Cristian Chivu and Javier Zanetti sidelined. Torino had even worse problems, as they had Kamil Glik suspended with Omar El Kaddouri, Migjen Basha, Cesare Bovo, Marcelo Larrondo and Guillermo Rodriguez injured. Paulo Vitor Barreto and Alessandro Gazzi were available for the first time this season after their betting scandal bans expired and thrown straight into the starting XI.

This was the first Inter match since Erick Thohir bought out 70 per cent of the club, though Massimo Moratti was still the President. The Nerazzurri had won their last nine visits to Torino, conceding just two goals.

It was almost a Toro opener within 120 seconds, as Alessio Cerci sprung the offside trap and his angled drive cracked against the far post with Samir Handanovic beaten.

Moments later Cerci again burst into the box, but this time he fell as Handanovic rushed out to smother at his feet. The referee opted for a red card and penalty, which seemed very harsh indeed, as they were both going for the ball in the six-yard box. The goalkeeper was also left with a bruised face, but had to go off with Mateo Kovacic to make way for Juan Pablo Carrizo.

The substitute’s first touch of the game was an absolutely crucial one, as Carrizo parried Cerci’s penalty to keep 10-man Inter on 0-0!

It was a chaotic start to the match, as on 10 minutes Carrizo beat away another dangerous effort from Danilo D’Ambrosio. At the other end, Saphir Taider volleyed over from five yards on a Fredy Guarin cross. Another Guarin assist flashed just past Rodrigo Palacio and Taider.

Toro broke the deadlock with Alexander Farnerud’s debut Serie A goal. Cerci flicked on a pass for him to surge down the left and he hit it on the half-volley across Carrizo.

Inter had chances from a series of free kicks, but could not really test Daniele Padelli in goal. Farnerud was bizarrely booked for coming back on to the field after treatment without permission, though the goal line official had waved him on.

Just as Torino were savouring their half-time break, Inter drew level with a sensational goal. A corner was flapped away by Padelli and Guarin performed a fantastic overhead kick.

Ciro Immobile came off the bench and should’ve scored, as he prodded a Giovanni Pasquale cross over from six yards, as Esteban Cambiasso did just enough to put him off.

Immobile did better moments later, as Yuto Nagatomo charged down Cerci’s shot and it ricocheted into the striker’s path.

However, the lead lasted just over 60 seconds, as Padelli flapped at a Taider cross under pressure from Guarin and allowed Palacio to nod into an empty net.

The 10-man Nerazzurri took the lead for the first time on 71 minutes, as Ishak Belfodil got to the by-line and pulled across for Palacio to come sliding in from six yards.

Cerci’s free kick was over the bar and Toro pushed to the end, but Inter defended stoically. In the final minute of normal time, the Granata made it 3-3 when Nicola Bellomo floated a free kick all the way across into the far top corner. It looked as if the ex-Bari starlet had intended to put it into the box, but Carrizo was caught out. It was the youngster's first ever Serie A goal.


Torino: Padelli; Darmian, Vives, Moretti; D’Ambrosio, Brighi (Bellomo 81), Gazzi, Farnerud (Immobile 48), Pasquale; Cerci, Barreto (Meggiorini 75)
Inter: Handanovic; Rolando, Ranocchia, Juan Jesus; Jonathan, Guarin, Cambiasso, Taider (Belfodil 61), Nagatomo; Kovacic (Carrizo 7); Palacio (Wallace 80)
Ref: Doveri

Sent off: Handanovic 6 (I)

Saved penalty: Cerci 7 (T)