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Livorno fight back to draw with Inter 2-2

English.news.cn   2014-04-01 10:00:26

ROME, March 31 (Xinhua) -- Livorno boosted their Serie A survival hopes as they came back from two goals down to claim a dramatic 2-2 draw against Inter on Monday.

The Milan outfit seemed well on the way to an easy win after two first-half goals put them very much in command at the Stadio Armando Picchi.

Hernanes netted his first goal for Inter in the 37th minute after Mauro Icardi missed his attempted volley from Palacio's header, leaving the ball unwittingly for Hernanes, who was following in to lift his shot into the roof of the net.

On the stroke of half-time, Palacio doubled Inter's lead with a fine volley past Bardi, his shot skidding off the ground and past Bardi into the far corner.

But Livorno found a way back into the game when top scorer Paulinho struck his 12th league goal of the season, before substitute Innocent Emeghara ensured a share of the spoils five minutes from time.

The Switzerland international raced on to an ill-advised backpass from Fredy Guarin to coolly slot home and move Livorno one point adrift of safety and extend Inter's winless run to three games.

Inter head coach Walter Mazzarri felt the way in which his team surrendered the two goal lead was shameful.

"It's shameful to throw away points like that," Mazzarri said. "We made the goals all by ourselves.

"We were completely in control of the game, it's inexplicable what happened with Guarin," he said.

"Having given three performances like we have in our last three games, it's hard to accept we have only taken two points," he added.

Mazzarri's Livorno counterpart Mimmo Di Carlo has praised his side's spirit.

"It's a point that is worth so much for the team in terms of staying up," he said. "We need to fight day after day to try and get the points we need. It wasn't easy tonight to recover from two goals down."

Elsewhere on Monday, bottom club Catania's prospects of survival were getting further away following their 1-0 loss at Udinese.

Veteran striker Antonio Di Natale again proved to be Udinese's inspiration, scoring the only goal of the game in the 68th minute.

The result makes it just one defeat in five for Udinese, while Catania remain six points off safety.

Editor: Yamei Wang
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