Internazionale’s title challenge faltered after they were held 1-1 at Atalanta in Serie A but goalkeeper Samir Handanovic at least saved them from suffering a defeat.
The home side took the lead in the 17th minute when Inter’s Colombian defender Jeison Murillo scored an own goal, diverting Boukary Dramé’s cross past Handanovic. Inter equalised in the 25th minute when the Atalanta defender Rafael Tolói repeated the feat. Off-balance, the Brazilian mis-hit Mauro Icardi’s cross into the roof of his own net.
In the second half, Atalanta had the better chances but Handanovic kept the scores level with a series of outstanding saves, notably from a Luca Cigarini effort in the 59th minute.
The draw meant Roberto Mancini’s men missed the opportunity to replace Napoli as Serie A leaders, if only briefly. Instead, they are in second place on 40 points, one behind the leaders who were meeting Sassuolo later on Saturday.
Atalanta moved into 11th, leapfrogging Udinese who host Juventus on Sunday. Inter have now lost two of their last three fixtures, including a surprise 1-0 loss to Sassuolo last weekend.