30.01.2014 10:25 - in: Serie A S

    Last time out against the Nerazzurri

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    It was all square when Juve faced Inter at the San Siro on 14 September, Arturo Vidal firing past a motionless Samir Handanovic to cancel out Mauro Icardi’s strike two minutes earlier in a 1-1 draw

    Juventus and Inter were unable to get the better of each other in a competitive 1-1 draw at the San Siro when they last met on 14 September.

    Both sides had begun their campaigns strongly and the 161st  Derby d’Italia was shaping up to be a fixture that could go either way.

    And it proved to be an intense battle as expected, both sides grabbing an equal 50 per cent share of the overall possession.

    In the end, the game came to life in a short blaze, with both goals coming in quick succession.

    Inter drew first blood, Ricky Alvarez catching Giorgio Chiellini on the ball in midfield and setting up Mauro Icardi for a swift finish past the advancing Gigi Buffon.

    But their lead lasted just two minutes as Juve made the first of what would be many more valiant comebacks to follow in the subsequent weeks.

    Kwadwo Asamoah bustled past Jonathan on the left wing and rolled the ball to Arturo Vidal in the centre, who turned and rifled it into the far bottom corner with 15 minutes to go.

    Overall, Juventus were the more productive team in the final third, registering five out of 12 shots on target.

    Less threatening were the hosts who, aside from an early Yuto Nagatomo strike on the volley, made it a relatively quiet night between the sticks for Gigi Buffon with four strikes on target.

    After providing two magnificent assists in the 4-1 win over Lazio the previous week, Leonardo Bonucci again displayed his skill in finding a team-mate, topping the leaderboard of successful passes with 70.

    The defender expressed his satisfaction with the team’s resolve in his post-match interview:

    Equally positive on the way the Bianconeri stepped up to the big occasion was manager Antonio Conte:

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