Sun | Sep 24, 2017

Juve edge Inter in derby thriller

Published:Monday | February 6, 2017 | 2:00 AM
Juventus' Gonzalo Higuaín (left) and Inter Milan's Gary Medel vie for the ball during a Serie A match at the Juventus Stadium in Turin, Italy, yesterday. Juventus won the game 1-0.

MILAN (AP):

No team appears capable of stopping Juventus after the Bianconeri beat Inter Milan 1-0 yesterday in an entertaining Derby d'Italia in Serie A.

Juan Cuadrado scored on the stroke of halftime for Juventus, which also hit the bar twice in the first period as Massimiliano Allegri's side extended their Serie A record to 28 consecutive home wins.

Juventus moved six points clear of second-placed Napoli and seven above Roma, which play Fiorentina tomorrow as the Stadio Olimpico was being used for Italy's Six Nations match.

Inter slipped to fifth, a point behind Lazio and 12 behind Juve.

The Juventus match was entertaining from the start and Paulo Dybala could have had two stunning goals in the opening 12 minutes.

First his overhead kick was brilliantly saved by Samir Handanovic after Mario Mandzukic nodded down Stephan Lichtsteiner's cross.

Minutes later Dybala lobbed Handanovic but the Argentine's curled effort came off the crossbar.

Inter also had their chances but Roberto Gagliardini volleyed narrowly over and Joao Mario's low shot went inches wide of the left post, much to the relief of an unmoving Gianluigi Buffon.

Gagliardini also headed Ivan Perisic's cross straight at Buffon.

Mandzukic's diving header was also just wide of the right upright, while Handanovic fingertipped Miralem Pjanic's free kick onto the crossbar seconds before Cuadrado gave Juve the lead, firing the resulting corner into the top right.

Handanovic kept Inter in the match in the second half with saves from Pjanic, Gonzalo Higuain and Mandzukic, but the Nerazzurri struggled to carve out opportunities to equalise.

Perisic was sent off for dissent in stoppage time.

 

RESULTS

 

AC Milan 0 1 Sampdoria

Empoli 1 1 Torino

Atalanta 2 0 Cagliari

Palermo 1 0 Crotone

Genoa 0 1 Sassuolo

Pescara 2 6 Lazio

Chievo 0 0 Udinese