Frank de Boer earned his initial point as coach of Inter using a 1-1 draw at house to Palermo.
Mauro Icardi spared Inter’s blushes using the equalising target inside a 1-1 draw against Palermo at San Siro on Sunday.
Andrea Rispoli may well have earned Palermo their very first Serie A victory at Inter’s famous stadium when he struck the opener just following half-time, along with the visitors defended bravely for 25 minutes thereafter.
But Icardi, who missed a basic chance just ahead of netting the leveller, scored a near-post header to earn Frank de Boer his 1st point as Inter coach.
Inter’s struggle to claim a share from the spoils against a side that completed 16th in Serie A in 2015-16 won’t have impressed De Boer, but Palermo were fantastic worth for the draw and had possibilities to win the game regardless of coming beneath intense pressure in the back.
De Boer will hope the addition of Joao Mario – who joined from Sporting CP earlier inside the day for a charge that could attain €45 million – will render his midfield additional dominant as the Nerazzurri seek to improve on their slow start off for the season.
Joao Mario was paraded prior to the fans ahead of kick-off, but the Portuguese midfielder joined too late to feature and the home side struggled in the game’s early stages.
Palermo really should have been ahead inside seven minutes when Oscar Hiljemark’s free-kick identified Edoardo Goldaniga unmarked within the Inter penalty area, but the defender’s shot went wide when it seemed the slightest of touches would have taken it past Samir Handanovic and in to the net.
Inter’s most effective likelihood from the half fell to Gary Medel, who found himself unmarked and on the finish of Icardi’s flick-on, however the Chilean midfielder’s shot was blocked bravely by Sinisa Andelkovic.
Ivan Perisic twisted and turned his way in to the box to fire a shot that forced Palermo goalkeeper Josip Posavec to palm the ball out to get a corner, which Ever Banega whipped onto the head of Miranda but the Brazilian’s work went just wide on the post.
Banega then teed up Jeison Murillo for a comparable possibility, however the defender’s effective header flew wide, and Medel missed a golden likelihood from close range right after good function by Eder to leave the game goalless at the break.
Inter’s momentum was punctured following half-time, when Hiljemark’s cross in to the box was poorly cleared by Davide Santon plus the ball fell to Rispoli, whose shot deflected off Santon’s leg and squirmed into the net.
Perisic almost put Inter back on level terms inside seconds with the objective, but he could only head Danilo D’Ambrosio’s cross straight in to the arms of Posavec.
Banega and Eder led Inter’s charge for an equaliser, and also the latter sent over a cross for Medel to loop a header just wide, and D’Ambrosio had claims for a penalty dismissed when he took a tumble in the box.
Posavec made an excellent diving save to palm away D’Ambrosio’s low drive moments later, plus the San Siro crowd started to jeer when Icardi spurned the type of likelihood he would commonly bury, sending a free of charge header over the crossbar with 20 minutes to go.
Icardi created amends two minutes later, meeting Antonio Candreva’s cross at the near post using a close-range header that gave Posavec no possibility. And Candreva then missed a likelihood to grab the winner in the closing stages, dragging his shot wide along with the points had been shared.