Inter survive Dynamo scare
Inter Milan streched their winless run in the UEFA Champions League to eight after drawing 2-2 with Dynamo Kiev.
By Elliot Ball
Last Updated: 20/10/09 10:44pm
Inter Milan stretched their winless run in the UEFA Champions League to eight after drawing 2-2 with Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday.
Jose Mourinho's side were twice forced to come from a goal behind to rescue a point at the San Siro in Group F.
Taras Mikhalik gave the Ukraine outfit the lead in the fifth minute after some poor defending by the Italian champions allowed the midfielder to drive home the opener.
Dejan Stankovic got the hosts back on level terms in the 35th minute when the midfielder took advantage of poor goalkeeping by Stanislav Bogush to slot in the equaliser.
But the Italians found themselves a goal behind five minutes later when defender Lucio headed the ball into his own net.
Walter Samuel bailed his centre-back partner out two minutes into the restart when his perfectly executed header found the top corner, but Inter go bottom of Group F after Rubin Kazan's shock win over Barcelona at the Camp Nou.
The visitors took a shock lead after just four minutes courtesy of a superb opportunist finish from Mikhalik.
Junior Gerson Magrao's woeful free-kick should have been cleared by any of the three Inter players on the edge of the area, but somehow found its way through to Mikhalik and he swept the ball into the bottom corner off the post.
Inter were struggling to get anything going in attack and Wesley Sneijder's abysmal free-kick summed up their early efforts.
Samuel Eto'o then felt he should have had a penalty when he collided with Yevhen Khacheridi as he ran into the area but referee Martin Atkinson was unmoved.
Stankovic then flashed a shot wide before becoming the first player booked for a foul on Magrao, but it was Dynamo who really should have got on the scoresheet again on 25 minutes.
Roman Eremenko produced a superb cross and Andriy Shevchenko climbed highest between two Inter defenders only to steer his header inches wide of the post.
It took until the 30th minute for Inter to force visiting goalkeeper Bogush into a genuine save, Dynamo failing to clear a free-kick and Stankovic connecting with a stinging half-volley which Bogush gratefully parried clear at his near post.
Stankovic would not be denied for long however, the home side getting back on level terms in the 35th minute with a rapid counterattack.
Sneijder and Lucio combined to free Stankovic and his task was made considerably easier as Bogush charged out of the area, leaving Stankovic to flick the ball into an empty net with the outside of his right foot.
However, Dynamo took the lead again just five minutes later when Lucio inexplicably headed into his own net from Magrao's corner.
Whatever Mourinho said at half-time had the desired effect and Inter equalised again less than two minutes into the second half.
Sneijder's outswinging corner was met by Samuel and superbly headed into the far corner from a difficult angle.
The game had really opened up as both sides were not happy to settle for a draw, Eto'o forcing a good save from Bogush and Julio Cesar needing to scamper quickly from his line moments later at the other end to snuff out a Dynamo attack.
Shevchenko's free-kick was comfortably saved by Cesar at his near post before Eto'o dithered too long on the edge of the area, only to scuff a weak shot straight at Bogush.
The best chance of a winner fell to Inter substitute David Suazo, who was found five yards from goal by Javier Zanetti's brilliant cutback, only to somehow miss the target when it looked easier to score.
Suazo did have the ball in the net in injury time but was correctly ruled offside.