Inter played out a thrilling 3-2 friendly defeat to Chievo in a game organised to make up for the Serie A strike.
The two top flight clubs agreed to face off at the Stadio Brianteo in Monza to keep the squads in shape during what was meant to be the opening weekend of the season.
The match took a long while to get going, as Yuto Nagatomo had the best chance with a shot that came off the crossbar. The Japanese international was making his comeback after dislocating his shoulder last month.
Diego Milito broke the deadlock at the dawn of the second half by turning in Marco Faraoni's assist.
Moments later Chievo had equalised through a Cyril Thereau daisy-cutter, then Davide Moscardelli turned the game around completely with a classic free kick.
Moscardelli netted again in stoppages with a wonderful solo effort after skipping past Faraoni and Andrea Ranocchia.
Giampaolo Pazzini pulled one back on Davide Santon's cross, but it was too late to rescue Inter from defeat.
Inter 2-3 Chievo
Scorers: Milito 48 (I), Thereau 51 (C), Moscardelli 70, 93 (C), Pazzini 94
Inter: Julio Cesar (Castellazzi 46); Lucio (Ranocchia 46), Samuel, Chivu (Zanetti 46); Nagatomo (Santon 58), Thiago Motta (Stankovic 46), Cambiasso (Longo 81), Obi (Faraoni 46); Alvarez (Crisetig 81), Milito, Castaignos (Pazzini 46)
Chievo: Puggioni (Squizzi 46); Sardo (Acerbi 46) (Uribe 76), Morero (Andreolli 46), Cesar, Jokic; Rigoni; Hetemaj, Sammarco (Drame 76), Fatic (Thereau 31) (Calliari 92); Paloschi (Moscardelli 63), Pellissier