FCD comes back twice to tie Inter Milan

Inter Milan's Marco Materazzi and FC Dallas' Marvin Chavez (18) battle for a header during Thursday's friendly in Frisco. AP Photo/LM Otero

Hosts FC Dallas scored once in each half to draw 2-2 against Italian and European Champions Inter Milan at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco Thursday night. George John scored a header off a FCD short corner to counter Milito's own header for Inter. David Ferreira put away a penalty earned by Jeff Cunningham to tie up the match in the second half after Samuel Eto'o ripped a stunning strike to take the 2-1 lead.

FC Dallas started the game with high-pressure defense, perhaps catching the Italians off guard in the sweltering Texas heat. It wasn't till the 24th minute that Inter managed to break through when Milito found space in the box with a classy drift from his markers and easily finished a header from five yards out on a cross.

FC Dallas responded with some good play and found joy in the 42nd minute when a short corner got George John free on the back post. The cross by Eric Avila was knocked between the keepers legs by a diving John to tie the score just before intermission.

After making seven changes to their lineup Inter Milan had no luck in the second half until FC Dallas subbed out center back Ugo Ihemlu, who until that time had blanketed Inter's star striker Eto'o. With Ihemlu out of the game, Eto'o began to find space and blasted a stunner from about 35 yards out to take the 2-1 lead.

That wasn't the end of the affair for FC Dallas however, as some solid work by sub Jeff Cunningham, who had come on for Milton Rodriguez, beat two players in the box to earn a penalty. FCD's main-man David Ferreira put the PK home in the right corner to earn the hard fought 2-2 draw in front of the 19,435 in attendance at Pizza Hut Park.