Monza 2-2 Inter: Nerazzurri denied fourth straight victory by injury-time equaliser


Luca Caldirola scored in the 93rd minute to earn Monza a point against Inter in the first ever Serie A meeting between the teams.

Inter missed the chance for a fourth straight Serie A victory as Luca Caldirola’s late equaliser snatched a 2-2 draw for Monza on Saturday.

Simone Inzaghi’s men ended Napoli’s unbeaten start to the season on Wednesday and got off to a flying start at the U-Power Stadium when Matteo Darmian fired home Alessandro Bastoni’s cross.

After Patrick Ciurria’s superb equaliser, Lautaro Martinez looked to have deserved Inter’s win as he capitalized on Pablo Mari’s mistake to crush his side 2-1.

However, substitute Caldirola nodded home in the 93rd minute to spark wild celebrations from the visitors and deny Inter all three points.

Inter were in front after 10 minutes, Darmian sneaking in at the back post to round Michele Di Gregorio from Bastoni’s pinpoint delivery.

However, their lead only lasted a minute as Ciurria equalized with a superb curling finish that gave Andre Onana no chance.

Inter restored their advantage after an almighty defensive scramble by Monza when Martinez dispossessed Mari in the visitors’ penalty area before smashing home his eighth league goal of the campaign.

Martinez could have added his second shortly after half-time, but his header from Federico Dimarco’s free-kick flew just wide.

As Monza stepped up their search for another equaliser, Onana was equal to substitute Filippo Ranocchio’s free-kick from long range, although Martinez hit the post at the other end with his right-footed shot.

In injury time, Inzaghi’s side looked set to move just five points clear of Napoli ahead of Sunday’s visit of the Partenopeia to Sampdoria, but Caldirola appeared in the box to nod Ciurria’s cross past Onano to deny Inter a crucial three points in the title race.

What does it mean? Inter suffer late grief

It wasn’t perfect from Inter’s side as they conceded in their 13th consecutive Serie A away game, but they appeared to have done just enough to claim another three points in their pursuit of leaders Napoli.

But they were made to pay for not killing the game as they recorded 1.66 xG (expected goals) to 1.41 in Monza as Caldirola rose highest to loop in a headed equaliser. It could have been worse for Inter as Onana made the crucial third save of the game to deny Caldirola a winner in the 95th minute.

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