Inter had to fight back from a Iago Falque opener to snatch a point against Torino at San Siro, though Matias Vecino rattled the woodwork.
The Nerazzurri were unbeaten this season, dropping points only against Napoli and Bologna, sitting in second place with a perfect home record.
Luciano Spalletti fielded the same starting XI for the fifth round in a row, despite Marcelo Brozovic’s return from injury to sit on the bench. Toro ended their run of dismal results last week, which coincided with both Andrea Belotti’s comeback after a month out and the switch back to 4-3-3. Antonio Barreca was out of action and Lyanco not fully fit, but Tomas Rincon was available following his ban against Cagliari. Adem Ljajic, Nicolas Burdisso and Cristian Ansaldi faced their old club.
The Granata had won two of their last three trips to San Siro, but the 70,000 people in the stands for a lunchtime match showed the level of enthusiasm at San Siro.
There was a great chance within three minutes, as Mauro Icardi just failed to make contact with Antonio Candreva’s cross, but Toro grew into the game and Samir Handanovic almost spilled a Daniele Baselli snapshot from the edge of the box.
Salvatore Sirigu had to beat away a dipping Matias Vecino cross-shot at the base of the near post and Roberto Gagliardini blasted over.
It was a surprisingly even game, as putting Tomas Rincon as a man-marker on Borja Valero helped neutralise some of Inter’s creativity.
Icardi saw an effort deflected wide and from the resulting corner, Sirigu flew to palm a Milan Skriniar looping header out from under the bar.
Burdisso charged down a Candreva strike on the stroke of half-time, but despite penalty appeals, he blocked the ball with his chest.
Moments later, Toro almost took the lead, as Ansaldi’s cross from the left found Baselli’s glancing header across the face of goal, flashing inches wide.
Inter were more aggressive after the break and Sirigu beat away a Matias Vecino header from close range, but Handanovic did the same on Belotti.
Joel Obi decisively deflected an Icardi strike wide, but Torino opened the scoring on the hour mark when Iago Falque surged forward between two defenders and unleashed a rocket into the near bottom corner from the edge of the box.
Nicolas N’Koulou did just enough to put Icardi off, firing over the bar, yet it should’ve been 2-0, Joel Obi incredibly nodding wide from a set play.
Skriniar turned a free header off target from a corner and Belotti’s angled drive was off target, but substitute Eder got Inter back on level terms when Icardi knocked down a Perisic cross that the Italo-Brazilian only had to fire in from six yards.
Inter were pouring forward to get the winner, Matias Vecino’s screamer from distance thumping the crossbar.