Sampdoria snatched a last-gasp equaliser to hold Inter on Erick Thohir’s first game at San Siro.
This was the first game with President Erick Thohir at San Siro and there was also a parade of 54 former Nerazzurri stars, including Luis Figo and Dejan Stankovic. Sinisa Mihajlovic returned to face his old club, where he was both player and assistant manager to Roberto Mancini, but had to do without the suspended Nenad Krsticic. Inter missed Yuto Nagatomo, Mauro Icardi, Diego Milito, Zdravko Kuzmanovic, Walter Samuel and Cristian Chivu, but Javier Zanetti got his first start since rupturing his Achilles tendon in April.
Sampdoria’s last win at San Siro was in 1996, but they had a very aggressive start and Manolo Gabbiadini’s strike whistled just wide.
However, Inter took the lead when Ricky Alvarez ran rings round Andrea Costa with a double dummy down the left and rolled across for Fredy Guarin to blast under the bar at the back post.
Alvarez went on another mazy run, but this time Esteban Cambiasso fired over, then Samir Handanovic blocked an Eder effort and flew to palm away a Palombo header from a corner.
Daniele Gastaldello was stretchered off to make way for Vasco Regini. Saphir Taider just failed to get on the end of a Guarin cross after the restart and from that corner Guarin thumped the base of the upright. It was the fourth time this season the Colombian had rattled the woodwork.
Nicola Pozzi had the ball in the back of the net moments later, but it was correctly ruled offside. On his first start since April, 40-year-old Zanetti still had one of his trademark charges down the right flank to earn a corner and the applause of San Siro.
Handanovic only beat away a low Eder free kick and Cambiasso rushed to clear the loose ball, while Gabbiadini’s first touch let him down on a Palombo assist.
Inter seemed to be controlling the situation, but in the final minute substitute Renan unleashed a rocket from distance that whistled into the bottom corner past Handanovic.