(CNN) -- Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic rescued a point for Italian leaders Inter Milan, as they were held to a 1-1 home draw by Cagliari in their first match since returning from the Christmas break.
Ibrahimovic proved Inter's savior again, scoring a late equalizer to earn a point against Cagliari.
Robert Acquafresca put Cagliari in front in the 65th minute at the San Siro when he took advantage of a slip by defender Walter Samuel to score his seventh goal of the season.
However, Ibrahimovic converted Hernan Crespo's pass at the far post 13 minutes from time to earn Inter a valuable point.
Both sides had chances to win the match in a frantic finale. Acquafresca missed an open goal with seven minutes remaining, while Sulley Muntari hit the post in the 86th minute.
The result lifts champioons Inter up to 43 points, seven ahead of Juventus and 10 ahead of city rivals AC Milan, who both now have a game in hand. Juventus play host to Siena on Sunday while Milan are at Roma.
In Saturday's other game, Genoa cruised to a 3-0 win over Torino to join Fiorentina in joint fourth place in the Serie A table, courtesy of headers from Giuseppe Biava, Basko Jankovic and Thiago Motta.