Europe Games Italy Serie A

Inter vs Juventus 1:0

Stadium: San Siro Stadium
Competition: Seria A, #INTJUV
Season: 2023/24, 04 February 2024, Matchday 23

Key Notes:
Inter Milan extended their lead at the summit of Serie A, moving four points clear, as they secured a victory over Juventus, sealed by an own goal from Federico Gatti.
– The Derby d’Italia, coined by Italian sports journalist Gianni Brera in 1967, is the football rivalry between Internazionale of Milan and Juventus of Turin. Comparable to Spain’s El Clásico and France’s Le Classique, it holds significant importance in Italian football.

Inter: Gatti (OG) 37′

Sommer; Pavard, Acerbi, Bastoni (88’ De Vrij); Darmian (73’ Dumfries), Barella (88’ Klaassen), Calhanoglu, Mkhitaryan, Dimarco (73’ Carlos Augusto); Thuram (77’ Arnautovic), Lautaro Martinez (Di Gennaro, Audero, Sensi, Frattesi, Buchanan, Asllani, Bisseck, Sanchez) Coach: S. Inzaghi

Szczesny; Gatti (88’ Alex Sandro), Bremer, Danilo; Cambiaso (88’ Miretti), McKennie (90’ Alcaraz), Locatelli, Rabiot, Kostic (66’ Weah); Yildiz (66’ Chiesa), Vlahovic (Pinsoglio, Perin, Rugani, Djaló, Nicolussi Caviglia, Iling-Junior, Nonge Boende) Coach: Allegri

Match Summary:

Inter Milan dealt a decisive blow to Juventus’ Scudetto aspirations with a well-deserved victory in the Derby d’Italia on Sunday night. Despite the narrow margin provided by a Federico Gatti own goal, Inter substantiated their lead through sustained attacking efforts, keeping Max Allegri’s side mostly on the defensive with minimal threats to Yann Sommer’s goal.

The Nerazzurri extended their lead over the Old Lady in the table to four points, with one game in hand. If they secure a victory against Atalanta in their rescheduled match on February 28, they will enjoy a seven-point advantage over the Bianconeri. Simone Inzaghi adhered to the expected lineup for Inter, with the only exception being Matteo Darmian at right wingback. Nicolò Barella and Hakan Çalhanoğlu returned to their midfield roles after serving one-match bans. Conversely, Allegri deployed 18-year-old Kenan Yıldız alongside Dušan Vlahović upfront for Juventus, but the young Turk’s performance fell short tonight.

Inter took command of the game from the start, with Federico Dimarco being the first to pose a threat to the Bianconeri’s goal. Unfortunately, his volley from a Benjamin Pavard cross found the side netting. A notable moment came when Hakan Çalhanoğlu skillfully connected with Dimarco using a long-range pass across the pitch, providing an opportunity for Dimarco to deliver the ball to Marcus Thuram in the middle of the box. However, Gleison Bremer came to Juventus’s rescue with a spectacular slide tackle, preventing Thuram from taking a shot.

Juventus seemed focused on a defensive strategy, aiming to defend rigorously and capitalize on counter-attacks. This approach appeared effective when Weston McKennie surged from the midfield line toward the box. He then set up Vlahović on the left side, but the Serbian striker lost momentum, allowing Pavard to block his shot.

The decisive moment in the Derby d’Italia unfolded in the 37th minute. Nicoló Barella delivered a cross from the right-hand side into the middle of the box, prompting Pavard to attempt an acrobatic scissor kick. Unfortunately, Pavard only managed a light touch on the ball, causing it to bounce off Gatti’s chest and into the back of the net as the Juventus defender tried to anticipate Thuram.

At halftime, the score stood at 1-0, a reflection of the match dynamics. The second half saw no change in the pattern, with Inter persistently attacking but encountering a formidable obstacle in Szczęsny. The Polish goalkeeper thwarted Barella from point-blank range as the diminutive Sardinian midfielder volleyed the ball from a Dimarco delivery. Szczęsny also repelled a shot from substitute Marko Arnautović, although the Austrian striker could have done better in that instance.

Calhanoglu had a golden opportunity to add his name to the scoresheet but watched as his lobbed shot from the edge of the box collided with Szczęsny’s right post. The evident domination by Inter continued, with Juventus managing only a feeble attempt from Vlahović in the second half, easily blocked by Sommer.

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Mario Hren