Inter were controversially denied of a win when Yuto Nagatomo saw his goal ruled out for offside as they were held to a 1-1 draw against Chievo at the San Siro.
The Japanese international thought he had handed Inter the lead after cancelling out Alberto Paloschi’s goal before responding with a goal of his own. However, there referee wrongly cancelled out Nagatomo's second strike
The Nerazzurri were in desperate need of a confidence booster after having suffered a defeat to Lazio as well as a Coppa Italia elimination to Udinese in the midweek.
Chievo had only ever secured one win in their 12 outings at the San Siro but they took a chock lead which silenced the home crowd.
Alberto Paloschi got on the better end of a challenge against Hugo Campagnaro in which the Milan-owned striker smashed a powerful finish under the bar from a tight angle after just eight minutes.
The visitors’ lead only lasted four minutes however with Inter getting themselves back level through Yuto Nagatomo. The Japanese international snuck through the Fly Donkeys’ backline and struck home Ricky Alvarez’s pull back.
Sixty-seconds later and Inter had the ball in the back of the net again through Nagatomo, however, it was incorrectly ruled out offside.
Christian Puggioni palmed a curling Alvarez free kick out of the top corner, while Palacio missed a sitter with his free header at the back post from Jonathan’s cross.
The goalkeeper struggled to clear an Inter cross into the box in the 69th minute but the Nerazzurri, particularly Alvarez, couldn’t capitalize on the stray as Chievo pumped it back up field.
Inter were doing the majority of the pressing but it was the Gialloblu who looked more promising going forward with their pacey counter-attacks that often split the Beneamata defence open.
Walter Mazzarri went for broke by throwing on three attackers in the final minutes of the game but it didn’t hand them enough firepower to fashion a win, drawing 1-1 and leaving Inter move equal on points with Hellas Verona.
Eder bagged a brace as Sampdoria continued Udinese’s domestic by claiming a 3-0 win over a nine-man Zebrette side in the earlier kick-off on Monday evening.
The Blucerchiati hadn’t lost a single game since Sinisa Mihajlovic took over from Delio Rossi, but came into this encounter after two consecutive defeats between Serie A and the Coppa Italia.
The home side were the better side in the opening quarter of an hour in the fixture, and they were awarded a penalty after 16 minutes when Eder was brought down in the box by sliding tackle from goalkeeper Ivan Kelava. The Brazilian got up and took the spot-kick himself, converting with a low finish to make it 1-0.
Eder was causing huge problems for Udinese and Allan was the first to be given his marching orders after receiving two yellow cards for twice clipping the attacker’s heels.
Just seconds after the restart Eder found his second goal of the evening when he sprung the offside trap on Manolo Gabbiadini’s backheel flick and converted with precision.
Lorenzo de Silvestri was left ruing his luck 55 minutes in after seeing two of his strikes cleared off the line, before Sampdoria was also reduced to ten men through Soriano’s miss-times tackle.
Gabriel Silva was the third and final player to receive a dismissal in the match and it welcomed for the Blucerchiati’s third and final goal of the game.
Daniele Gastaldello got his first goal in over a year when he rose up for a glancing header to redirect a free-kick into the far top corner.