Inter fought back from Luis Muriel’s opener to snatch a point at Sampdoria with Ivan Perisic, but Joaquin Correa’s miss was astonishing.
The Nerazzurri saw their perfect start to the season shattered by a 4-1 home defeat to Fiorentina. Joao Miranda was suspended, with Stevan Jovetic injured. Samp had a 100 per cent home record and struggled on their travels, while it was a special reunion for former teammates Walter Zenga and Roberto Mancini, both facing their old clubs. Andrea Coda, Lorenzo De Silvestri, Mattia Cassani, Mathias Silvestre and Lazaros Christodoulopoulos missed out.
This fixture hadn’t ended in a stalemate since 2008 and last season Eder decided the 1-0 Samp victory.
It was an immediately aggressive start from the hosts, as Samir Handanovic parried at the feet of Roberto Soriano and Zukanovic nodded just wide from the resulting corner.
Handanovic flew to fingertip a Joaquim Correa screamer out from under the bar and Gary Medel acrobatically prevented Soriano turning in an Eder assist.
Inter wasted their golden first real opportunity, as a free kick was chipped up for Geoffrey Kondogbia to spring the offside trap, he knocked it down for Fredy Guarin to volley over from six yards.
Medel was again decisive with a deflection turning Eder’s finish inches wide, but Correa had the miss of the season so far.
Incredibly, the South American rode one tackle, got lucky on the ricochet to go past Handanovic and somehow pulled wide across the face of an open goal from a couple of yards. All of Marassi was stunned into silence.
Both sides went close after the break, as first Ivan Perisic only skimmed a Rodrigo Palacio cross in front of goal, then Luis Muriel’s diving header was wide on Djamel Mesbah’s assist.
The deadlock was finally broken with a similar move, as 17-year-old Pedro Pereira whipped in a cross from the right and Medel was a fraction too late, so Muriel came sliding in with the volley.
Correa went off with a suspected groin strain, moving Roberto Soriano to a more advanced role. Muriel threatened a second on the counter, but his angled drive flashed across the face of goal.
Inter got their equaliser in chaotic fashion. Mauro Icardi’s volley took a double ricochet and he had the presence of mind to prod it back across the face of goal for Ivan Perisic to prod in at the back post. It was the Croatian’s debut Serie A goal.
The Nerazzurri, today playing in their yellow third kit, increased the pressure and had penalty appeals when Zukanovic stopped Manaj turning in the six-yard box.
They poured everything forward, but Felipe Melo fired straight at Emiliano Viviano.
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