Inter Milan showed their inconsistency again as despite having the chance to close the gap with their rivalry neighbor, Ac Milan, Leonardo’s men failed the job as the Nerazzurri were held into a 1-1 draw against relegation struggler, Brescia.
The home team could even put more woes on the defending champion as deep inside the second half, Andrea Caracciolo missed a penalty that could give all three points for the relegation battler.
Having their mind also set on the clash with Bayern Munich in the Champions League’s second leg encounter next midweek, Inter Milan probably guilty in taking their eye on the game too early as they simply looked for an early lead and chose to sit back on it. The tactic did work well in the game against Cagliari, which they hold on to a slender 1-0 victory, but Brescia turned to be a tough one for Inter this season as in previous meeting at San Siro, the Rondinelle also took home a point from the Nerazzurri.
Starting the match with their best possible line up, Inter are looking confident in winning the game especially after their big 5-2 win against Genoa last weekend that once again heaped curious praise towards Leonardo. Just as their previous matches against lower sides, the Nerazurri managed to take control of the game and also score a goal just before the 20 minutes mark as their main actor this season, Samuel Eto’o strikes again, this time with a simple tap in from Andrea Rannochia flick header.
The 1-0 lead was being carried by Inter into the half time and actually looked pretty comfortable despite Brescia’s continuous brave effort up front lead by Caracciolo. However, just as Leonardo’s men looked to close the gap with Milan at the top, the home team suddenly struck the blow as Caracciolo scored a rather similar goal that Eto’o did in the first period. The 29-years-old striker nodded home a poor backward header by Ivan Cordoba, who was trying to intercept Alessandro Diamanti’s corner, beating Julio Cesar from six yars out.
As if the draw wasn’t dramatic enough, another late tale occurred late in the game where once again Caracciolo and Cordoba become the actors as the Colombian defender received an early bath after fouling the tall striker in the penalty box, resulting a spot kick for Brescia. Luckily for the Nerazzurri, the former Sampdoria striker failed to finish the penalty as his shot was expertly save by Julio Cesar. The 29-years-old attacker soon turned from hero to villain as minutes after missing from the spot, he got himself a silly red card after kicking the ball away.
In the end the result actually were a bit disappointing for both sides as the home team virtually missed a chance to pick up more points right at the end that could help their salvation in the Serie A, not to mention losing their main striker for the next game. While for Inter, getting their first draw under Leonardo could further jeopardize their title shot as should Milan won their match on Sunday, the Nerazzurri could be losing more ground from their rival.
Brescia v Inter Milan 1-1
Goals: Caracciolo 84 (Brescia); Eto’o 18 (Inter)