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Inter Milan vs. Parma, Final Score 3-3: Points shared in San Siro thriller

Inter Milan and Parma played out a thrilling 3-3 draw, with three goals coming in a crazy five minute spell in the second half.

Claudio Villa

Walter Mazzarri made just two changes to his last Serie A lineup against Sampdoria last week, bringing in Andrea Ranocchia in place of Rolando and replacing Saphir Taïder with a fit-again Mateo Kovačić. Roberto Donadoni had the luxury of only making one alteration from his side that faced Bologna in the league last week, Walter Gargano returning to take over from Afriye Acquah.

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Parma began at a high tempo, clearly undaunted by the setting and their opponents and after pressing well, managed to get their noses in front after just 12 minutes. Marco Marchionni played the ball into the box and Nicola Sansone caught the Inter defenders snoozing to ghost through and calmly finish past Samir Handanović to give the visitors a lead their early vigour warranted.

Five minutes later and Rodrigo Palacio spurned a golden opportunity to equalise. Ricky Álvarez put in a low cross from the right hand side of the penalty area and Palacio met it with the goal at his mercy but his touch was poor and he skied the ball from a matter of yards.

Inter were settling into the match and starting to threaten more and more and again Palacio had a good opportunity, this time threaded in one-on-one with Antonio Mirante by Mateo Kovačić however his touch took him out too wide and Parma managed to clear his cross out for a corner.

Parma still managed to threaten on the counter attack, and another good chance came when Mattia Cassani was able to cross low for the incoming Acquah, on as an early substitute for the injured Gargano. The Ghana international only had to tap in from close range but Handanović managed to just recover and force the ball round the post.

A minute before half time and Inter were level, Jonathan crossing from the right and Palacio skilfully finishing with the outside of his right boot however almost instantly, Parma regained the lead. A weak shot from Marco Marchionni came in from outside the area and Handanović had a simple take, but the Slovenian somehow managed to dive completely over the ball and Marco Parolo was on hand to stab the ball in to send Parma in happier at the break.

After the break, the match continued at the same pace it had been played at throughout and within 10 minutes of the resumption of play, Inter were ahead again when Rodrigo Palacio rose above the Parma defence to turn a difficult header past Mirante.

Two minutes later and Inter went ahead for the first time in the match, Fredy Guarín taking Palacio's knock-down and using his touch to make space for a shot. The effort was tame but it took a deflection off Massimo Gobbi and completely wrong-footed Mirante.

The lead didn't last long however as Sansone was on hand again to level things up, tapping home Mattia Cassani's cross from six yards to cap a topsy turvy five minute spell that saw three goals go in.

Both sides pressed after this to look for a winner but neither side were quite able to get there, Mateo Kovačić fired just wide from 20 yards, whilst at the other end Acquah's powerful effort from a similar distance was palmed over by Handanović.

On the face of it, neither side can complain about the result and it moves Parma into ninth whilst Inter remain four points behind third placed-Napoli, themselves having drawn against Udinese on Saturday evening.

Inter: Handanović; Campagnaro, Ranocchia, Juan Jesus; Jonathan (Belfodil 77), Kovačić, Cambiasso, Guarín, Zanetti (Nagatomo 70); Álvarez; Palacio

Goals: Palacio 44, 54; Guarin 56

Parma: Mirante; Cassani, Paletta, Lucarelli, Gobbi; Gargano (Acquah 17), Marchionni, Parolo; Biabiany, Cassano, Sansone (Rosi 87)

Goals: Sansone 12, 59; Parolo 45+1