Inter were cracked back by a late Paulo Dybala penalty when Juventus pulled out 1-1 at the San Siro on Sunday night.
The hosts broke the deadlock in a tense and tight competition through some poor fortune on behalf of Juventus. Temporarily reduced to ten men after Federico Bernardeschi received a knock during an invalid pass while the assistant referee kept his flag down, Inter took full advantage.
The Turkish national team player stretched out ten-man Bianconeri with a game switch that opened up space for Hakan Calhanoglu to aim, and the Turkish national team player made an attempt to fly into the goal frame via a deflection from Manuel Locatelli, and bounced kindly into Edin Dzeko’s path. who converted in the 17th minute.
In a first half with few clear chances, Juve were keen to meet Inter at halftime but were largely limited to causing threats from set pieces when they started their counterattacks from so deep. But a disciplined and organized Inter really played its part in blunting Bianconeri.
Despite their poor defensive record this season – no Serie A zero in seven games – Inter seemed content to passively hold on to their 1-0 lead – ironically the exact score line that Juve won their four previous games – refrain from holding and territory that only encouraged its visitors.
Juventus surprisingly improved after the introduction of Paulo Dybala and Federico Chiesa in 65 minutes, but were munched on during much of the match by a Nerazzurri who developed the best defensive system in Italy in the last two seasons.
But as the game wound its way into the final five minutes, Juventus were given a lifeline by VAR after Denzel Dumfries clumsily caught Alex Sandro in the Inter area. After 89 minutes, a mistake by the home side’s left defense allowed Dybala to get through.
Milan Skriniar (right) protects the ball from Dejan Kulusevski / Marco Luzzani / GettyImages
Samir Handanovic (GK) – 7/10 – Alvaro Morata denied with an important stop while the game was still goalless but was hardly tested otherwise.
Milan Skriniar (CB) – 7/10 – Happy and characteristically close to touch at every opportunity.
Stefan de Vrij (CB) – 7/10 – Shaken by a tap on his own shoulder to control the procedure from the anchor on Inter’s back line smoothly.
Alessandro Bastoni (CB) – 6/10 – Comfortable, if not spectacular, on and off the ball.
Intermittent midfielders Nicolo Barella (left) and Marcelo Brozovic in deep talks with referee Maurizio Mariani / MARCO BERTORELLO / GettyImages
Matteo Darmian (RWB) – 7/10 – Showed the defensive edge he can boast about the new signing competing for his position, Dumfries.
Nicolo Barella (CM) – 7/10 – Borders around the pitch like a puppy released the lead, but lowered all his energy to worry Juve.
Marcelo Brozovic (CM) – 8/10 – Despite Juve’s attempts to overshadow him in Inter’s build-up, his distinctive bootprints scattered over everything Inter designed.
Hakan Calhanoglu (CM) – 5/10 – Played a somewhat random role in the opener and was not heavily involved thereafter.
Ivan Perisic (LWB) – 7/10 – Tirelessly flies up and down the left flank with equal enthusiasm to attack and, refreshingly, defend.
Edin Dzeko took 27 Serie A games with Roma last season to score as many goals as he has in nine league games for Inter this season / CPS Images / GettyImages
Lautaro Martinez (ST) – 4/10 – Surprisingly subdued throughout.
Edin Dzeko (ST) – 8/10 – Still with single figures for matches played, Inter’s new number nine has already matched his score from last season.
Roberto Gagliardini (CM) – 6/10
Denzel Dumfries (RWB) – 2/10 – Giving away a penalty is certainly not the effect Simone Inzaghi was looking for.
Alexis Sanchez (ST) – N / A
Giorgio Chiellini (right) exchanges some gestures with Edin Dzeko / Giuseppe Cottini / GettyImages
Wojciech Szczesny (GK) – 6/10 – Made a brave but ultimately harmful sprawling effort to stop Calhanoglu’s hit but remained when he saw Dzeko approach the opener inclined and out of his goal.
Danilo (CB) – 5/10 – Never looked completely comfortable from his normal full-back role but made a decisive tackle on Dzeko late.
Leonardo Bonucci (CB) – 6/10 – Willing to start Juve’s attacks from the back, Bonucci’s normally penetrating pass was not as strong tonight.
Giorgio Chiellini (CB) – 6/10 – Not tested as much as he might have expected when he prepares for Serie A’s best goal scorers.
Federico Bernardeschi was forced off the pitch while Juve conceded their opener to Inter / Marco Luzzani / GettyImages
Juan Cuadrado (RWB) – 6/10 – One of Juve’s brightest sparks as an outlet on the right but limited to largely speculative efforts.
Weston McKennie (CM) – 5/10 – Eager to jump out of the midfield line to shut down the opposition but so regularly past.
Manuel Locatelli (CM) – 5/10 – The former Milan academic did not enjoy a particularly influential return to the San Siro, as he tried to tie the various cogs together from an incoherent midfield and attack.
Federico Bernardeschi (CM) – N / A – Grymt was forced off with a shoulder injury after just 17 minutes which, if the assistant referee was a little more confident on his flag, might never have happened.
Alex Sandro (LWB) – 6/10 – Constructed the contact that led to Juve’s late kick.
Alvaro Morata (right) goes shoulder to shoulder with Inter’s Hakan Calhanoglu / Marco Luzzani / GettyImages
Dejan Kulusevski (ST) – 4/10 – Kulusevski released behind his strike partner and wasted a rare touch inside the Inter box by passing behind his teammate.
Alvaro Morata (ST) – 5/10 – Aside from an early thump on goal, struggling to cause Inter’s backline many problems at all.
Rodrigo Bentancur’s (left) drop from the team lasted less than 20 minutes after Bernardeschi’s early injury / Marco Luzzani / GettyImages
Rodrigo Bentancur (CM) – 6/10
Paulo Dybala (ST) – 7/10 – Injected an element of zipper and traction to a really messy display
Federico Chiesa (RM) – 5/10
Arthur (CM) – N / A
Kaio Jorge (LM) – N / A