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Champions Inter held in Serie A opener

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  • Champions Inter Milan held to a 1-1 draw in their Serie A opener in San Siro
  • Samuel Eto'o gave Inter the lead with his first goal for Milan giants
  • AC Milan began their season with 2-1 win at Siena on Saturday
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(CNN) -- Defending champions Inter Milan made a stuttering start to their Serie A campaign by being held 1-1 at home by promoted Bari on Sunday.

A dejected Inter team contemplate their dropped points in the San Siro.

A dejected Inter team contemplate their dropped points in the San Siro.

Cameroon star Samuel Eto'o opened his league scoring account for Inter, but Vitaly Kutuzov's 74th minute equalizer earned Bari a deserved point in the San Siro.

Jose Mourinho paired new signings Eto'o and Diego Milito up front, but they were able to create few chances against a determined Bari defense.

Midfielder Patrick Vieira played in Milito for a first half chance, but he volleyed over while another new signing, Thiago Motta, shot just wide.

Mourinho made several tactical changes to perk up his side and brought on winger Ricardo Quaresma for Vieira after the break.

The half was 11 minutes old when Milito went down in the penalty area and the referee awarded a spot kick which Eto'o converted.

The former Barcelona star wasted a further opportunity to double the advantage before Bari hit back as a mistake by home defender Lucio left Kutuzov with a simple chance.

Bari had a chance to win in added time, but substitute Emmauel Rivas blazed over with only Julio Cesar to beat.

Inter's arch city rivals AC Milan began their season with a 2-1 win at Siena on Saturday with a double from Brazilian star Pato.

Bologna and Fiorentina shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw in the first Serie A match of the new season at the Stadio Dal Ara.

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