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Atleti Azzurri d'Italia (ATT 14,000) 29th October 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: N Rizzoli

Atalanta Atalanta vs Inter Milan Inter

Atalanta 1

G Denis (25)


Inter 1

R Alvarez (16)

Inter Milan held to draw

Last Updated: 29/10/13 10:20pm

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Mateo Kovacic falls to the ground

Mateo Kovacic falls to the ground

Inter Milan were held to a 1-1 draw at Atalanta in Serie A on Tuesday night.

Ricky Alvarez fired Inter into the lead with a smart finish, but German Denis' powerful header earned the hosts a deserved equaliser.

The point left Inter in fourth place, three points behind third-placed Juventus, and Atalanta eighth.

There was a frantic start to the match in rainy conditions in Bergamo and Inter's Fredy Guarin had a deflected shot saved rather unconvincingly by Andrea Consigli, who spilled the ball behind for a corner.

The visitors threatened again when Yuto Nagatomo got to the byline down the left only for his cut-back, which would have left Rodrigo Palacio with an easy tap-in, to be cut out at the near post by Michele Canini.

But the hosts almost went ahead in the ninth minute as Guarin had to clear Canini's header off the line after goalkeeper Samir Handanovic had made a mess of dealing with a free-kick from the right.

Instead Inter took the lead after 16 minutes.

Mateo Kovacic's cross from the right was headed back toward the near post by Palacio where Alvarez, who had struggled to keep his feet on the wet surface up till this point, squeezed a shot inside the post.

Mario Yepes should have levelled when he had a free header at the back post from a left-wing corner, but could only sent it wide.

Handanovic then tipped over a Yepes header from another dangerous corner

The pressure was mounting on Inter and they were pegged back in the 25th minute as Denis met a right-wing cross with a towering header which found the corner of the net.

Inter lost Handanovic at half-time with apparent injury, Juan Pablo Carrizo coming on in his place.

The Milan side almost went in front when another substitute Mauro Icardi turned inside his marker and fired in a left-foot shot which cannoned back off the near post.

But they had Carrizo to thank for earning them a point in the dying minutes with a fine reaction save with his foot from a Yepes effort from close range as both sides had to settle for a point.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 31 73
2 Lazio 31 58
3 Roma 32 58
4 Napoli 31 53
5 Sampdoria 31 50
6 Fiorentina 31 49
7 Inter Milan 32 45
8 Genoa 31 44
9 Torino 31 44
10 AC Milan 32 43
11 Palermo 31 41
12 Udinese 32 38
13 Sassuolo 31 36
14 Chievo 31 36
15 Verona 31 36
16 Empoli 31 34
17 Atalanta 31 30
18 Cesena 31 23
19 Cagliari 31 21
20 Parma 31 13