After the original fixture was postponed due to inclement weather conditions, the league champions had to be content with a point against the Ducali...
Parma held the lead for five minutes against Inter but had to be content with a 1-1 draw at the Ennio Tardini. Valeri Bojinov had put the Gialloblu in front early in the second half but Mario Balotelli levelled the scores moments after coming on from the bench.
Antonio Mirante was in action from the off as he had to deal with a firm backpass from Hernan Dellafiore before pulling off a fine save from Goran Pandev's 20-yard strike. Bojinov also tested Julio Cesar in the opening five minutes in an open start to the game.
Pandev brought another stop from Mirante after a defensive error from Cristian Zaccardo, but neither side were really creating many chances inside the penalty area.
Parma were nearly in on goal just after the half hour mark but a superb block from Marco Materazzi sent Bojinov's shot behind for a corner after Luis Jimenez played a fine through ball for the Bulgarian striker. Moments later it was Diego Milito who was set through on goal but Mirante was there to make a fine save from the Argentine's left-footed effort.
With no Wesley Sneijder, Lucio stepped up for free kick duties for the Nerazzurri but he was struggling to find his range. Parma were not entirely without their own chances and Zaccardo managed to beat Maicon to the ball at a corner in the 39th minute but his effort was off target.
Mirante was working hard in the hosts' goal and had to be alert as Pandev launched another shot from the edge of the box just before the break, but the half ended goalless.
Parma started brightly in the second half, and Julio Cesar had to make a smart save from Valiani's shot from the edge of the box less than a minute after the restart. Jimenez was at the centre of the hosts' play and his creativity allowed Valiani to cross for Bojinov in the 50th minute, but Lucio managed to block the striker's snap shot.
In the 54th minute, Lucio made a world class defensive header to head Valiani's cross behind his own net as Bojinov lurked, but he could do nothing from the resulting corner. Galloppa's corner wasn't cleared and Bojinov was there to stab the ball into the net from close range after Julio Cesar had saved the initial shot.
Mourinho sought to make an immediate change and took off Thiago Motta and Ivan Cordoba for Mario Balotelli, who received a predictably hostile reception, and Davide Santon. The move paid instant dividends as Balotelli hooked home a loose ball from a corner just five minutes after Parma had taken the lead.
The Ducali were looking to restore their lead immediately, and Jonathan Biabiany's electric pace was a real threat for the hosts - the young striker left Lucio trailing in his wake in the 65th minute but Julio Cesar saved his low drive.
McDonald Mariga came on to face his former club with 20 minutes to go, while Alberto Paloschi was also introduced in place of Bojinov. The former Gialloblu midfielder almost opened his Inter account moments later but his volley was turned behind by Mirante.
In the 72nd minute, Parma were down to 10 men when Valiani picked up a second yellow card for a late challenge on Lucio. The Nerazzurri looked to make their numerical advantage count and Balotelli had a chance to put his side ahead following a wonderful crossfield ball from Mariga, but his shot was sliced horribly wide.
Materazzi picked up a knock with 10 minutes to go, but with Mourinho having made all three substitutions, he was forced to play through the pain.
As the clock ticked towards injury time the game was there for the taking for either side, and Paloschi had a chance to put Parma back in front in the 89th minute after picking up a loose ball in the penalty area but his shot was blocked. Moments later Milito was flagged offside following a mazy run from Santon.
Four frantic minutes of injury time came and went, with the best chance falling to Maicon after a fine run from Balotelli, but the scores ended 1-1. The Nerazzurri are now nine points clear of second-placed Roma, while Parma are in 12th.