Torino vs. Inter Milan, Final Score 3-3: Late Bellomo stunner rescues a point for Toro

Claudio Villa

After twice going ahead, then falling behind, Torino's blushes were rescued as Nicola Bellomo scored a stunning injury time free kick after Samir Handanovic was sent off early on for the visitors.

Giampiero Ventura made four changes to the Torino side that drew with Sampdoria prior to the international break, with Alexander Farnerud, Alessandro Gazzi, Giovanni Pasquale and Paulo Barreto coming in for Kamil Glik, Cesare Bovo, Omar El Kaddouri and Ciro Immobile. After suffering their first defeat of the season to Roma in their last match, Walter Mazzarri made just two changes to his Inter side, Jonathan returning in place of Alvaro Pereira and Mateo Kovacic coming in for Ricky Alvarez.

It was the home side that came out of the blocks quicker and in only the second minute they were nearly ahead, moving the ball upfield quickly for Alessio Cerci, who's angled left-footed drive beat Samir Handanovic all ends up but struck the far post and stayed out.

Torino continued to pressure and this looked to have told as in the fifth minute, Alexander Farnerud's teasing low cross found Cerci in the box. Handanovic had also committed to coming for the ball but Cerci just beat him to it and the goalkeeper's momentum sent the Italian flying, with the referee immediately pointing to the spot and producing a straight red card for the Slovenian. Juan-Pablo Carrizo replaced Mateo Kovacic for Inter and his first touch was to save Cerci's well-struck penalty to keep the scores level.

Despite now missing a man in midfield, Inter were still having their fair share of possession and Fredy Guarin crossed for Saphir Taider, the Algerian poking a difficult chance over the bar.

In the 21st minute however, the man advantage told and Torino went ahead, Alexander Farnerud powerfully driving past Carrizo after Cerci's clever flick had found him beyond the sleeping Inter defence.

As the half wore on, the depleted Inter side managed to force their way back into the match, forcing a host of corners and free kicks around the edge of the penalty area and right on the stroke of half time, they got a leveller. Daniele Padelli's attempted punch of Esteban Cambiasso's corner only made it as far as Fredy Guarin and the Colombian turned in an audacious overhead kick to draw the visitors level.

Just after half time, Ciro Immobile was introduced for Torino to try and inject some sort of cutting edge and it nearly had an immediate effect, the substitute turning Giovanni Pasquale's low cross just over the bar. Just a minute later however and his introduction really took effect. Some tireless work from Alessio Cerci down the right hand side resulted in his shot being blocked however it bounced into Immobile's path and he lofted a sweet strike past Carrizo and into the top-left corner of the net to put the home side in front once again.

Unfortunately for the home fans, the advantage barely lasted two minutes as Inter struck back once again, due in large part to a goalkeeping howler from Daniele Padelli. Padelli attempted to come and grab a cross however he completely missed and Rodrigo Palacio was able to easily head into the unguarded net.

The match appeared to be finely balanced at 2-2 with Torino naturally seeing most of the ball given their advantage but not really able to press home the advantage and Inter looked dangerous on the counter attack. This danger reared its head with 20 minutes to go as substitute Ishak Belfodil made it to the bye-line and his cutback was missed by the entire Torino defence, allowing Palacio to once again slide the ball into an empty net to give Inter an improbable advantage.

The home side spent the rest of the encounter knocking on the door but not really creating too many clear chances. Alessio Cerci's left-wing free kick had to be dealt with by a despairing Yuto Nagatomo but that was really as close as they came until the very beginning of stoppage time, when a free kick in the opposite position was awarded. Substitute Nicola Bellomo stepped up and floated a quite wonderful strike into the far corner of the net. It remains to be seen whether it was intended as a cross or not but after playing with a man advantage for 85 minutes, it served to save the team's blushes, in particular the hapless Padelli who didn't have his greatest evening.

Torino: Padelli; Moretti, Vives, Darmian; D'Ambrosio, Gazzi, Farnerud (Immobile 49), Brighi (Bellomo 81), Pasquale; Cerci; Barreto (Meggiorini 75)

Goals: Farnerud 21, Immobile 53, Bellomo 90

Inter: Handanovic; Rolando, Ranocchia, Juan; Jonathan, Guarin, Cambiasso, Taider (Belfodil 61), Nagatomo; Kovacic (Carrizo 6); Palacio (Wallace 81)

Goals: Guarin 45 +1, Palacio 55, 71

Sent off: Handanovic 5

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