Arturo Vidal has given Inter the half-time lead against his former teammates, but Lautaro Martinez wasted several chances to further punish Juventus.
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This wasn’t just a Derby d’Italia, but also a battle to see who would be the main Scudetto contenders to chase down leaders Milan. The Nerazzurri had practically a full squad to choose from, with ex-Juve midfielder Arturo Vidal, but Matthijs de Ligt, Alex Sandro and Juan Cuadrado had COVID-19 with Paulo Dybala injured. Both teams had to play extra time in the Coppa Italia on Wednesday.
There were fireworks let off outside the stadium by the Curva Nord, Inter ultras, creating quite a lot of smoke in the arena for the first few minutes.
Juve had the first chance, Adrien Rabiot stinging Samir Handanovic’s gloves, but Federico Chiesa was offside when he set up Cristiano Ronaldo to score on the rebound.
However, Inter took the lead when Nicolò Barella’s cross with his left foot sailed over Lautaro Martinez for a Vidal header, getting in front of Danilo from six yards. It was the Chilean’s first Serie A goal for the Nerazzurri and he did it against his former club.
Wojciech Szczesny then flew to palm away a Romelu Lukaku counter, with Lautaro Martinez ballooning the rebound over the bar.
Romelu Lukaku turned Giorgio Chiellini brilliantly, but the veteran got back for a second tackle and Lautaro again fired off target.
Cristiano Ronaldo had a couple of long-range efforts, but the Bianconeri were far too predictable. Instead, Barella was dominant in midfield and set up another big chance that Lukaku scuffed into the arms of Szczesny.
The Juventus goalkeeper had to be at full stretch to punch a cross off Lukaku’s head.
Inter 1-0 Juventus (Half-Time)
Vidal 12 (I)
Inter: Handanovic; Skriniar, De Vrij, Bastoni; Hakimi, Barella, Brozovic, Vidal, Young; R Lukaku, Lautaro Martinez
Juventus: Szczesny; Danilo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Frabotta; Chiesa, Rabiot, Bentancur, Ramsey; Morata, Ronaldo