Juventus beaten 1-0, Inter begins their run away from the Scudetto


By John


INTER (3-5-2): Summer 6; Pavard 6.5, Acerbi 6, Bastoni 6.5 (44’st De Vrij sv); Darmian 6 (28’st Dumfries 6), Barella 6.5 (44’st Klaassen sv), Calhanoglu 6.5, Mkhitaryan 6, Dimarco 6.5 (28’st Carlos Augusto 6); Lautaro 5.5, Thuram 6 (32’st Arnautovic 6).

On the bench: Di Gennaro, Audero, Sensi, Frattesi, Buchanan, Asllani, Bisseck, Sanchez. Coach: Inzaghi 6.

JUVENTUS (3-5-2): Szczesny 6.5; Gatti 5 (43’st Alex Sandro sv), Bremer 6, Danilo 6; Cambiaso 5.5 (43’st Miretti sv), McKennie 6 (45’st Alcaraz sv), Locatelli 6, Rabiot 5.5, Kostic 5 (21’st Weah 6); Vlahovic 5, Yildiz 5 (21’st Chiesa 5.5).

On the bench: Pinsoglio, Perin, Iling-Junior, Rugani, Djalo, Nicolussi Caviglia, Nonge Coach: Allegri 5.5.

REFEREE: Maresca di Napoli 6. GOALS: 37’pt Gatti (aut).

NOTE: Peaceful evening, pitch in good condition. Booked: Vlahovic, Danilo, Mkhitaryan, Thuram, Inzaghi, Bremer. Corners: 6-4. Recovery time: 1′, 5′.

Inter beat Juventus 1-0 in the heartfelt and delicate Italian derby, making an important move towards the Scudetto. Gatti’s own goal decides the big match at San Siro on matchday 23 of Serie A, giving three very important points to the Nerazzurri who extend their lead at the top of the table. Simone Inzaghi’s team, in fact, rises to 57 points, putting them at +4 on Max Allegri’s men, considering however that the league leaders also have a game to recover.

The gap would therefore potentially be seven points and, considering the pace at which the Nerazzurri are traveling (16 useful results in a row in the championship), today’s success could represent an important step in the Italian team’s perspective. The Nerazzurri started off strong and immediately began to play the game, scaring the Bianconeri in various situations. In the 18th minute Dimarco tries to volley a cross from Pavard, hitting only the outside of the net, then in the 25th minute the same left-footed player serves Thuram in the center after a crazy throw from Calhanoglu, but Bremer is providential in closing two steps away from Szczesny .

The guests try to respond on the counterattack shortly after the half hour mark, wasting a great chance with Vlahovic who misses the decisive control following an assist from Mckennie, losing the opportunity to finish. In the 37th minute Inter took the deserved lead thanks to an unfortunate own goal by Gatti who, in an attempt to contain Thuram from a touch in the center by Barella, deflected the home team’s 1-0 with his chest into his own net. In the second half the script of the match didn’t seem to change and in the 57th minute Inter went one step away from a hat trick with Calhanoglu: the Turk stopped and shot from the edge hitting the outside of the post to the left of the goalkeeper.

Juve, however, did not allow themselves to be crushed, they increased the revs of their engine and looked dangerously towards Sommer, creating good potential opportunities but without worrying the Swiss goalkeeper too much. On the other hand, however, Szczesny was forced into overtime to keep his players afloat, first blocking Barella’s right-footed volley, then blocking the way for the newly introduced Arnautovic one step away from the goal. In the final, the guests tried everything to chase a desperate equalizer, but the 1-0 held at the final whistle.