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  • 1 April 2014
  • • 00:30
  • • Stadio Armando Picchi, Livorno
  • Referee: G. Calvarese
  • • Attendance: 15450
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Livorno 2-2 Inter: Guarin gaffe denies Mazzarri's men much-needed win

Livorno 2-2 Inter: Guarin gaffe denies Mazzarri's men much-needed win

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The Colombian's dreadful backpass allowed Innocent Emeghara to equalise late on after the Nerazzurri had been 2-0 up at half-time

Inter let a two-goal lead slip to draw 2-2 at Livorno after a dreadful mistake from substitute Fredy Guarin.

Hernanes and Rodrigo Palacio had put Walter Mazzarri's men 2-0 up at the break, and despite Paulinho's rocket to make it 2-1, it seemed the Nerazzurri would hold on.

However, Guarin's poor backpass allowed Innocent Emeghara to slot past Samir Handanovic with just five minutes remaining to extend Inter's winless run in Serie A to three.

Both sides struggled to create opportunities early on, although Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic was forced to tip Emerson's cross-cum-shot free kick over the crossbar after 15 minutes.

Inter were frustrated for much of the first half despite controlling possession, but Hernanes went close to opening the scoring for the visitors when he curled narrowly wide from the edge of the area.

And the Brazilian playmaker did then break the deadlock in the 37th minute, slamming home from close range after Mauro Icardi had failed to make contact with a header back across goal from Palacio.

That goal appeared to boost Inter's confidence and only the fingertips of Livorno keeper Francesco Bardi prevented them from doubling their advantage as he turned a fierce long-range strike from Zdravko Kuzmanovic over the bar.

However, Bardi could do nothing as Mazzarri's side did extend their lead in first-half injury time, Palacio meeting Jonathan's right-wing cross with a clever half-volley into the bottom corner.

Inter carried that momentum into the second period and almost immediately added a third following the restart as Palacio forced Bardi into another fine save.

But the hosts got back into the game after 53 minutes when Paulinho rattled an effort in off the crossbar from Leandro Greco's well executed corner.

Former Siena striker Emeghara was thrown on in place of Ishak Belfodil - on loan from Inter - shortly after as Livorno pressed for a share of the spoils.

And the Switzerland international made no mistake late on as he raced on to a poor backpass from Guarin to slot past Handanovic and make it an unhappy return to his former club for Mazzarri, whose current side remain fifth after the clash.

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