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Andrea Caracciolo’s late goal secured a point for Brescia and prevented Inter Milan from closing right up on Serie A leaders AC Milan.
Caracciolo struck six minutes from time to cancel out Samuel Eto’o's first-half strike and give the relegation battlers an unlikely draw at Stadio Mario Rigamonti.
A dramatic end to the match also saw Caracciolo miss a penalty and then get sent off in stoppage time, minutes after Ivan Cordoba had also seen red for the visitors.
Inter now sit four points behind city rivals Milan, but the leaders have a game in hand.
Leonardo’s men face an important Champions League match against Bayern Munich next week, but they looked to be focused on the task in hand when Wesley Sneijder fired narrowly wide from 20 yards.
Inter were then in front after 18 minutes thanks to Eto’o. Sneijder swung in a corner which was headed on by Andrea Ranocchia to the Cameroon striker for a simple tap into the bottom right corner.
Another chance followed two minutes later for Goran Pandev, who cut inside from the right channel before hitting a low left-footed strike which was gathered by goalkeeper Michele Arcari.
Brescia had been outplayed so far, but Caracciolo settled nerves 10 minutes before the interval with an attempted lob which only just cleared the crossbar.
The striker had another opening early in the second half, holding off two Inter defenders before producing a left-footed shot which had to be pushed round the post by Julio Cesar.
But Inter quickly regained control and Sneijder was unfortunate to strike the post with his 25-yard drive after 55 minutes, while Arcari produced two good saves to deny Pandev as the visitors began to grow more and more wasteful.
And their inability to score a second goal came back to haunt them six minutes from time when Alessandro Diamanti’s corner was inexplicably headed back into the danger area by Cordoba, allowing Caracciolo to nod in from six yards.
Drama followed five minutes later when Cordoba gave away a penalty for a clumsy challenge on Caracciolo.
The Inter player was sent for an early bath, but Caracciolo was unable to make the spot-kick count with Cesar tipping the ball around the post.
The Brescia striker’s night then took a further dip four minutes into stoppage time when he was shown a second yellow card for kicking the ball away following a tussle with Sneijder.