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  • March 15, 2015
  • • 3:45 PM
  • • Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
  • Referee: A. Gervasoni
  • • Attendance: 24589
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Inter's Rodrigo Palacio.

Inter 1-1 Cesena: Unlikely point

Inter's Rodrigo Palacio.

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Gregoire Defrel's 28th-minute strike was enough to earn Cesena a point at Inter in Serie A on Sunday.

Inter failed to end a three-match winless run as the club was held to a 1-1 home Serie A draw by relegation-threatened Cesena on Sunday.

The San Siro outfit is without a victory since beating Celtic in the UEFA Europa League last month and has since failed to overcome Fiorentina, Napoli and Wolfsburg. 

Inter looked likely to end that disappointing streak as it started brightly, but fell behind to a Gregoire Defrel lob after 30 minutes.

The home side upped its game after the break and, after Mateo Kovacic had seen an overhead kick ruled out for offside, Rodrigo Palacio restored parity.

For all the pressure, though, Inter was unable to find the winner – Lukas Podolski coming closest when he powered an effort against the post.

The result lifts Inter to seventh, while a point is not enough to haul Cesena out of the relegation zone.

Fredy Guarin was unable to get on the end of a dangerous Dodo cross in the 13th minute as the home side applied the early pressure.

Inter continued to knock on the door and Zdravko Kuzmanovic directed a powerful header wide from a Guarin ball over the top a minute later, but the home side was forced into a change when Xherdan Shaqiri pulled up with an apparent hamstring problem – Kovacic his replacement. 

Kovacic instantly looked to terrorize the visiting defense, running at the back four in a bid to force the breakthrough, but it was Cesena which opened the scoring against the run of play.

Defrel ran onto a Carlos Carbonero through ball before lofting a delightful chip over the head of the advancing Samir Handanovic.

Kuzmanovic saw a drilled effort blocked in the box before the half was up and Inter emerged for the second half with renewed vigour.

Kovacic buried the ball in the back of the net with a superb overhead kick within two minutes of the restart, but it was not long before the home side was back on terms.

Mauro Icardi lost his man on the right wing and whipped in a cross to Palacio, who tucked the ball in at the near post, although goalkeeper Nicola Leali should have done better.

Podolski – a halftime replacement for Kuzmanovic – rattled the left post with a rifled shot from 20 yards out soon after, before Carbonero had claims for a penalty turned down at the other end when he appeared to be upended by Andrea Ranocchia.

The pair went nose to nose in the aftermath and Carbonero might count himself lucky to have avoided a red card for thrusting his head into Inter skipper Ranocchia's head.

Icardi flashed a strike across goal before time was up, but Inter's quest for a winner fell short as the club made it four matches in a row without win.

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