Inter’s Champions League hopes dented with Torino draw

The teams scored two goals each in a thrilling Serie A clash on Saturday.

Torino's Daniele Baselli (centre) jubilates after scoring against Inter Milan at the Olympic Stadium in Turin on Saturday.   -  AP

Inter Milan is still five points off the Champions League places after Antonio Candreva’s equaliser rescued a solitary point in a 2-2 draw at Torino in a thrilling Serie A clash on Saturday. Candreva slammed the ball into an empty net in the 62nd minute after a glaring error from Joe Hart, who failed to claim Cristian Ansaldi's pinpoint cross.

Afriyie Acquah had given Torino the lead after Daniele Baselli had cancelled out Geoffrey Kondogbia's fine solo opener before the break. Inter started brightly, taking the lead in the 27th minute through Kondogbia when he cut in from the right, out-muscled two defenders and slammed home past the culpable Hart, who managed to get a hand to the ball.

Inter was pegged back five minutes later when Daniele Baselli profited from some sloppy defending at a corner to head past Samir Handanovic, and the keeper was forced to make a series of fine saves before Acquah fired the host ahead from the edge of the box in the 59th minute.

The point takes Inter up to 55 points, but it remains in fifth and five behind Napoli, which currently occupies third ahead of its match at Empoli on Sunday. Leader Juventus is at Sampdoria, while Roma, in second, hosts Sassuolo.

Inconsistent Torino is in 10th on 40 points.

AC Milan defeated Genoa 1-0 on Saturday night via a 33rd minute goal from Mati Fernandez.

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