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06.10.2019 » Inter 1-2 Juventus. The champions ruled in the Derby d'Italia

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates Juventus win over Inter Milan

Juventus are on the top of the Serie A table, following a very tasty win against Inter Milan, this Sunday night at the Giuseppe Meazza. The Bianconeri beat their rivals 2-1, thanks to a goal from Paulo Dybala and another from Gonzalo Higuaín.

The early Scudetto showdown was no short of disappointment, as super-sub Gonzalo Higuain scored the winner in a 2-1 victory against Inter, to take Juventus on top of the Serie A table, thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo assist. This was the first time Antonio Conte was facing his former side and this Derby d'Italia basically had both teams under big pressure to see who would come on top at the end, not only with the 3 points in the bag, but also leading the Serie A. It was hard to point out a favorite prior to tonight's clash and bookmakers like ComeOn didn't risk giving any of the sides a big advantage in their winning odds. Nevertheless, Juventus were looking to make a statement and send a reminder to Inter Milan about who ruled and still rules in Italy. The Nerazzurri hadn't been defeated in the league so far...

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A good and intense derby...

The Serie A champions instantly made an impact in the match and took the lead in just about four minutes, as Paulo Dybala made a sprint forward and struck the ball between Milan Skriniar's legs to surprise Samir Handanovic.

Many questioned Maurizio Sarri's decision for making a risky move by selecting the Argentine instead of Gonzalo Higuain, but it did pay off for Juventus after all. The goal scored by Dybala was the first one that Inter conceded in the first half this season and they found themselves trailing behind the opposition right in the beginning of the game.

Inter began to gain rhythm and momentum with the ball, but, moments later, Cristiano Ronaldo took advantage and almost gave the visitors a lead when he smashed one from the edge of the box that smashed against the crossbar.

Romelu Lukaku did have one chance to go and do something productive with the ball in a one-on-one situation against Leonardo Bonucci, but the experienced defender stood well. However, the same can't be said about his partner, as Matthijs de Ligt awarded Inter a penalty due to his sloppy stop against Lautaro Martinez and the ball touched his arm inside the box.

Martinez took his composure well and netted the ball from the penalty spot on the far left corner, despite goal keeper Szczesny going the right way.

Just five minutes before the half ending, Ronaldo linked-up beautifully to put the ball in the net, but Dybala was ruled offside during the build-up and hence, the goal was disallowed. The Portuguese did look in a dangerous mood, flicking and tricking the defenders with the ball, making impressive runs behind them and constantly creating problems.

Things got heated up after the whistle blew by referee Rocchi, as a clash of arguments were involved by both sides on their way to the tunnel...

Cristiano Ronaldo showing off his tricks in Juventus

Juventus owned the second half...

The second half began and one would expect Inter to respond back at home, but Juventus just looked so much better. For many, this performance by the Italian champions was by far the best one under Sarri in the league so far.

The Turin side dominated with the ball, had the most number of chances created with most shots on target and looked incredibly dangerous when moving forward. Things were just going very well for the Old Lady and even at one point, the commentator did mention this team was looking like Sarri's Napoli... and in a way, it surely did.

Federico Bernardeschi would then create a good chance for his side to go ahaed at the Giuseppe Meazza, but his finish was unsuccessful as Inter's captain then rushed off his line to put off Dybala. Nevertheless, Juve were in control in the second half and Inter were at their mercy.

Sarri decided to switch into a jugular formation and made two changes. Higuain for Bernardeschi and the aim of using Pipita with Dybala for Ronaldo.

There wasn't much from the home side in the front. De Ligt managed to make an important tackle on Lukaku, then Martinez rode two challenges before Alex Sandro controlled the situation. With twenty minutes to go, Vecino almost scored a bizarre goal when his shot took a massive deflection off De Ligt, but bounced off the upright post with Szczesny appearing to be a bit slow with his movements.

The changes made by Sarri eventually put his side into a 4-3-1-2 formation, which gave his side more balance and the build-up towards the winning goal was the example of Sarriball from Juve. Ronaldo and Bentancur exchanged instant and some quick passing allowed Higuain to get more space and to run through, which helped the Argentine to take a touch and place the right-foot finish low past Handanovic from 12 yards.

Inter responded back, but Juventus made sure their composure and positioning was accurate towards the end of the match. Conte's Inter are still a work in progress and it looked like Sarri's Juve is getting to know each other better and better by the day, which is why this season's Serie A already looks interesting to follow already.

The Old Lady did manage to conquer the Giuseppe Meazza and ended Inter's perfect start, snatching the three points and sitting on top of the table following a brilliant Derby d’Italia.

Cristiano Ronaldo near the corner flag in Inter vs Juventus

Juventus line-up vs Inter:

Goalkeeper: Szczesny
Defenders: Alex Sandro, De Ligt, Bonucci, Cuadrado
Midfielders: Matuidi, Pjanic, Khedira
Attackers: Bernardeschi, Dybala, Cristiano Ronaldo.

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kick-off time (11-10-2019):

Beijing (China) | UTC/GMT+8: 02:45
| UTC/GMT+7: 01:45
India (New Delhi) |
UTC/GMT+5.30: 00:15
Italy (Turin) |
UTC/GMT+2: 20:45
(Madrid) | UTC/GMT+2: 20:45
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | UTC/GMT+1: 19:45
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | UTC/GMT-3: 15:45
New York (United States) | UTC/GMT-4: 14:45
Los Angeles (United States) | UTC/GMT-7: 11:45

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Higuaín and Cristiano Ronaldo friends again in Juventus

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