By ESPNSTAR.com staff
The Nerazzurri were expected to walk all over Serie A strugglers Genoa, but Gli Salami stunned the raucous San Siro crowd by taking the lead against the run of play in the 77th minute; a hopeful long punt forward from Genoa defender Luca Antonelli was brilliantly met by striker Ciro Immobile, who went past Andrea Ranocchia before slotting the ball under Inter custodian Samir Handanovic.
Inter were stung into action, and they duly responded eight minutes later, with Estaban Cambiasso taking advantage of some slack Genoa defending to head home the equaliser from seven yards out.
Despite being under immense pressure in the latter stages of the game, Genoa managed to hold on and eventually secured an unlikely point against Stramaccioni's men.
After the game, the 36-year-old Inter coach bemoaned the litany of injuries his side had suffered prior to Saturday, claiming it had robbed the players of their sharpness during the game and blaming it for their failure to pick up all three points.
"I knew, we knew very well that we were in a difficult situation," Stramaccioni was quoted as saying by the official Inter website.
"We had a couple out there who weren't properly fit, like Gargano who had a swollen ankle that made it hard for him to walk, and Cambiasso, who was passed fit at the last minute."
Stramaccioni also added that he felt his side were in control throughout the game and only conceded through a moment of genius from Immobile.
"I think we began well but then we lost our way a bit - partly because of Alvarez's injury - but still remained in control of the game," Stramaccioni reflected.
"I asked Chivu to go out there and make things happen for me and we managed to create more that way, then Immobile did well to beat Ranocchia and catch out Handanovic with his shot.
"At that point Inter might have disappeared from the scene but we didn't. We'll reach the halfway point in form."
Despite dropping points, the Inter coach still hailed his players for the spirit they showed in the game.
"I want to congratulate the lads anyway," Stramaccioni added.
"We showed a magnificent response. Clearly we're disappointed because that Livaja situation was ridiculous.
"Now we need to take a complete break from it all and come back ready to start again strongly."
The result, coupled with league leaders Juventus 3-1 win over Cagliari on Friday, meant that Inter would head into the winter break having amassed 35 points from 18 games, nine points behind the Bianconeri.