Inter Milan’s hopes of qualifying from a strong-looking Champions League took a significant early blow as they were held to a 1-1 draw by bottom seeds Slavia Prague at the San Siro.
The Italian side needed a stoppage time leveller from Nicolo Barella to rescue a point after Peter Olayinka’s close-range finish midway through the second half had given the Czech champions the lead.
With major Group F rivals Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund facing each other later in Germany, Antonio Conte’s side had an opportunity to set the early pace with a seemingly favourable home fixture.
However, it was the visitors who struck first on 63 minutes when Olayinka was quickest to react after Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic had made a superb low stop to deny substitute Jaroslav Zeleny.
Slavia looked to be on course for only their second ever Champions League win, until Barella found the far corner in the 92nd minute, after Stefano Sensi’s free-kick had come back off the crossbar.