Juventus Stadium, Turin, Italy
90’+4′ Perišić Sent off
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FT: The result means that Juventus extend their lead at the top of Serie A by six points as they now move onto 54 points whilst Inter remain in 5th on 42 points.
FT: On another day, Juventus might have been made to rue their missed opportunities but fortunately for them, it wasn’t the case.
FT: Inter deserved something from the game as they spurned a number of good chances in the first-half but didn’t really threaten Buffon’s goal. Their best chance fell to Gagliardini, who headed over the bar from a corner. Murillo also went close but his curling effort drifted just wide from the edge of the area. The frustration was clearly mounting and that was evident as Perišić lost his discipline and was sent off for dissent.
FT: The hosts created a few chances to extend their lead in the second-half with Pjanić, Higuaín and Mandžukić going close but Handanović was on-hand for the visitors to deny them and keep his side in the game. Buffon was rarely tested throughout the match and was the case in the second-half much to the credit of the well-drilled defence in front of him.
FT: So Juventus hold on to defeat their rivals and extend their lead at the top of Serie A.
90’+4′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.
90’+4′ Dismissal!! Perišić is sent off for dissent.
90’+2′ The corner comes to nothing as the referee spots an infringement. Handanović is booked for dissent.
90’+2′ Chiellini concedes a corner.
90’+2′ Higuaín is penalised for handball.
90′ There will be four additional minutes.
89′ Perišić surges forward and sends in a teasing delivery but no-one in an Inter shirt gambles and Buffon claims the loose ball.
87′ The corner comes to nothing.
86′ Chance!! A dangerous delivery from Khedira is met by Mandžukić, who heads an effort at goal that forces Handanović into a fine save with the keeper palming the ball over the bar.
86′ The delivery is cleared.
85′ Higuaín wins a corner after his effort is blocked behind by Miranda.
85′ Chiellini wins a freekick.
84′ Final Juventus change sees Dybala replaced by Daniele Rugani.
81′ Close!! Murillo curls an effort just wide from the edge of the area.
79′ Second Juventus change sees Lichtsteiner replaced by Dani Alves.
78′ Final Inter change sees Rodrigo Palacio replace Mário.
78′ Mário is penalised for a foul on Marchisio.
77′ Chance!! Dybala finds Higuaín, who fires an effort on the turn that Handanović palms away.
76′ Dybala is adjudged to have been fouled.
73′ Chiellini receives a yellow card for high foot.
72′ Sandro wins a freekick.
70′ First Juventus change sees Claudio Marchisio replace Cuadrado.
69′ Sandro wins a freekick.
68′ Perišić is caught offside.
67′ Inter break with Mário finding Icardi, who surges forward before firing an effort harmlessly over the bar from-range.
64′ Khedira is booked for a foul on Mário.
64′ The delivery causes havoc but the hosts clear the danger.
63′ Cuadrado is penalised for a foul and receives a yellow card.
61′ Dybala is penalised for a foul.
60′ Dybala wins a freekick.
58′ Chance!! Mário’s corner is met by Gagliardini, who heads over the bar.
58′ The corner is cleared behind for another corner.
57′ Double Inter substitution sees Geoffrey Kondogbia and Éder replace Brozović and Candreva.
57′ Murillo fires an effort that deflects behind off Bonucci for a corner.
54′ The corner is cleared.
53′ Chance!! Higuaín finds Pjanić, who has just Handanović to beat, but his effort on the stretch is palmed behind by Handanović, who makes a fine save.
50′ The corner is cleared before Mandžukić is penalised for a foul on Medel.
49′ Khedira wins a corner after his corner is blocked behind.
46′ Mandžukić is booked for a foul on Murillo
45′ Juventus get the second-half underway.
HT: The next goal in this match will be crucial and should Juventus get it, it could be game over for Inter. Should Inter get the next goal, they may well go on and take the game to Juventus and search for another. So will Juventus add to their tally or will Inter come back in this match? Join us again for the second-half.
HT: Inter will need to be more clinical in front of goal and get Icardi more involved in the game and provide him with better service. As for Juventus, they just need to prevent their opponents from scoring, which is easier said than done especially given the talent the visitors have on the bench. Juventus will need to be more clinical in front of goal themselves to seal the victory as Inter may punish them and come back in this match.
HT: Inter can count themselves rather unfortunate to be behind at the break given the fact that they have created a number of good chances themselves and also had a few penalty appeals turned down. First Gagliardini fired over the bar following a corner before Mário fired just wide of the bottom-corner. Gagliardini then headed a Perišić cross straight at Buffon when he should have scored before the Italian keeper denied Perišić’s powerful header. Icardi then failed to divert a Perišić cross goalwards. Inter should have had two penalties in truth, when Icardi and D’Ambrosio were brought down in the area from a corner before Icardi was sent tumbling in the area by Mandžukić but the referee was unmoved both times.
HT: The hosts have had a number of good chances prior to the goal and went close twice with Dybala forcing Handanović into a fine save before clipping the top of the bar. Higuaín then put the ball wide from a Sandro cross before Mandžukić headed wide from a Cuadrado cross. Pjanić then forced Handanović into a fine save from a freekick before Cuadrado’s powerful drive from-range broke the deadlock.
HT: So Juventus snatch the lead at the break.
45’+1′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.
45′ There will be one additional minute.
45′ Goal!! The corner is cleared to Cuadrado, who rifles home an effort spectacularly from-range into the top-corner past Handanović.
43′ Close!! Pjanić curls the freekick towards the top-corner but Handanović palms the effort behind.
42′ Gagliardini is penalised for a foul and concedes a freekick in a dangerous position, Medel is booked for dissent.
40′ Gagliardini is penalised for a foul.
39′ Miranda wins a freekick after a foul by Higuáin.
38′ Close!! Icardi meets a teasing delivery from Perišić but his effort drifts just wide.
37′ Close!! A teasing delivery from Cuadrado is met by Mandžukić with a diving header that drifts just wide of the far-post.
37′ The corner comes to nothing as the ball had gone out before coming back into play.
36′ Penalty appeal!! Icardi looks to get onto the loose ball and is bundled over by Mandžukić but the referee is unmoved and awards a corner.
36′ Chance!! The delivery is cleared before a Mário cross is met by Perišić with a header that Buffon is forced to palm away.
35′ Sandro concedes a corner.
33′ The corner comes to nothing as Mário is caught offside.
33′ A Perišić cross ricochets off Lichtsteiner for a corner.
28′ Chance!! Higuaín meets a pull-back from Sandro but his miscued effort drifts just wide of the post.
27′ Cuadrado wins a freekick.
27′ Chance!! Gagliardini meets a cross from Perišić but his header is straight at Buffon when he really should have done better.
26′ Cuadrado fires an effort harmlessly off-target from-range when he had other options.
22′ Pjanić receives a yellow card for a foul on Brozović
21′ Close!! Mário receives the ball just outside the area and fires an effort millimetres wide of the post with Buffon well-beaten.
20′ The delivery is initially cleared before Bonucci is caught offside.
20′ Dybala wins a freekick in a good position after a foul from Candreva.
18′ Close!! The delivery causes havoc as two Inter players are down in the area but the ball falls to Gagliardini, who fires an effort just over the bar.
17′ Bonucci concedes a corner.
11′ So close!! Pjanić tees up Dybala, who curls a fantastic effort that rattles the top of the crossbar.
10′ Mário wins a freekick.
7′ Cuadrado wins a freekick.
6′ The delivery is cleared before Candreva is booked for a foul on Dybala.
6′ Gagliardini wins a corner.
5′ The delivery is too deep and Inter deal with the threat.
4′ Medel concedes a corner.
2′ Chance!! A Lichtsteiner cross is nodded down into the path of Dybala, whose acrobatic volley is palmed away by Handanović.
0′ Inter get the game underway.
Juventus F.C.: Gianluigi Buffon (GK), Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Alex Sandro, Sami Khedira, Miralem Pjanić, Juan Cuadrado, Mario Mandžukić, Gonzalo Higuaín, Paulo Dybala
F.C. Inter Milan: Samir Handanović (GK), Miranda, Gary Medel, Jeison Murillo, Danilo D’Ambrosio, Marcelo Brozović, Roberto Gagliardini, Antonio Candreva, Ivan Perišić, João Mário, Mauro Icardi