Pre-Season Friendly: Hamburg 1 Inter 1
By Football News
Inter failed to maintain their 100 per cent pre-season record on Saturday as they drew 1-1 with Hamburg.
Mauro Icardi looked to have put the visitors on course for another win when he netted with two minutes gone, but saw his goal cancelled out by Artjoms Rudnevs similarly early goal in the second half.
And that is where the scoring would end, with both teams failing to carve out a chance worthy of winning the match before time ran out.
Inter had won all three of their pre-season fixtures coming into the game, and got off to the best possible start at the Imtech Arena as Icardi grabbed his first goal for the club since joining from Sampdoria.
The 20-year-old Argentine prodded the ball past Jaroslav Drobny in the Hamburg goal after meeting a teasing cross from Fredy Guarin to put his side in control.
Hamburg slowly grew into the match as the first half progressed without finding a breakthrough, but found themselves back on terms with just two minutes of the second period having elapsed.
Rudnevs was the man to level matters, as he got his head to a Tolgay Arslan cross and powered the ball past Samir Handanovic.
From there, both sides made a number of substiutions, with Jonathan Tah and Hakan Calhanoglu both making their home debuts for the hosts.
Neither side were able to create many clear cut chances, however, meaning Inter could at least keep their unbeaten record alive.