By Tommaso Fiore
Last Updated: 06/10/1910: 48 pm
Gonzalo Higuain’s late winner won Juventus the Derby d’Italia as the Serie A champs inflicted Inter Milan’s very first domestic defeat of the season.
Paulo Dybala opened the scoring inside the first 4 minutes with a left-footed strike, before Lautaro Martinez equalised for the hosts with a penalty awarded for handball by Matthijs De Ligt.
A nervy second half reached its summit when Cristiano Ronaldo teed up Higuain, and the Argentine kept his cool to strike past Samir Handanovic and bring Juve back into the lead with 10 minutes to go.
The guests hung on for a popular win, as Inter suffered their very first domestic defeat of the season and saw the Serie A champs leapfrog them to go top after seven video games played.
How Juventus won the Derby d’Italia
Romelu Lukaku handed Inter a significant increase as he returned to the starting XI to line up together with Martinez after missing their midweek clash with Barcelona due to a quad injury.
Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri made one change in attack, as he changed in-form striker Higuain with Dybala, while sticking to a 4-3-3 formation rather of generating Aaron Ramsey as an attacking midfielder.
The video game got off to a flying start as Dybala won possession in the Inter half and dribbled his method to the box before letting loose a strike that flew in between Milan Skriniar’s legs and previous Handanovic to give Juve an early lead.
Ronaldo could have added a second not long after as he amazingly cut in from the left and dummied two protectors but his drive crashed off the crossbar and back into play.
Inter got a deserved equaliser when De Ligt goofily hit a Danilo D’Ambrosio cross with his elbow and offered away a charge, which Martinez coolly dispatched to bring Inter back on level terms.
Ronaldo believed he brought his side back in front when he struck the back of the web with a strike from the edge of package – however the referee chalked off the objective for an offside by Dybala in the accumulation.
The very first half brought lots of opportunities and entertainment, however the 2nd half started on a slower rhythm as the two teams lowered the pace to a more tactical approach.
Dybala wasted a great chance by missing the target 4 yards out, prior to Marcelo Brozovic’s deflected strike looked to have actually been heading in but curled away from objective and clipped the near post.
Higuain got in the fray with half an hour to go and left a mark with his first opportunity of the game – a great piece of team play saw Miralem Pjanic’s defence-splitting pass find Ronaldo, who slid in Higuain for an individually, and the super-sub emphatically rounded off the transfer to bring Juventus back into the lead with 10 minutes to go.
Just like two seasons ago, a late Higuain strike took the show at San Siro as Juventus hung on to show their title qualifications in their bid for a ninth succeeding Serie A crown.
Inter suffered a stop to their best start to the league season after winning 6 video games out of 6, while Juventus took control of the Serie A table by leapfrogging their competitors by a point.
Inter coach Antonio Conte lost to his first game because taking charge of the club – and coincidentally his very first defeat while at Juventus came versus Inter.
Male of the match: Paulo Dybala
Brought in at the 11 th hour for Higuain – who proved to be Ronaldo’s best striking partner – Dybala did not dissatisfy Sarri’s rely on him, breaking Inter’s dogged defence with his very first shot of the video game. He looked inspired and positive on the ball, constantly unsafe in the last 3rd and showed a fantastic chemistry with his team-mates in spite of recently losing his beginning area to his fellow Argentine Higuain.
Dybala showed to Sarri there shouldn’t be any reason he ought to be neglected in anybody’s favour. The 25- year-old is one of the most technically gifted gamers in the team and on an excellent day, he is a thorn in the flesh of any back-line in Europe – consisting of the best one in the league, which conceded just two goals in six trips before the Juve star ran the show in their own backyard.