Juventus
    09.12.2017 22:57 - in: Match report S

    Stalemate at the Allianz Stadium

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    The Bianconeri are held without a goal for the first time in 45 home matches as they played to a goalless draw with Inter in the Derby d’Italia

    In a match with all the hype of a top-of-the-table battle, Juventus and Inter Milan played out a 0-0 draw at the Allianz Stadium on a chilly Saturday night in Turin.

    Juventus went closest to breaking the deadlock in the first-half, after Mario Manduzkic saw his header towards the end of the first 45 minutes cannon off the crossbar. They would come close in the second half on a number of occasions but in the end were denied by resolute Inter defending.

    A cagey opening period had both sides enjoy decent spells of possession, but the first real chance came in the ninth minute. A deflected cross from Juan Cuadrado found its way to Mario Mandzukic and his shot was brilliantly saved by Samir Handanovic in the Inter goal. The rebound came back to the Croatian striker and he followed up with a diving header at goal that Miranda cleared off the line.

    Both goals would go on to remain relatively untroubled until the end of the half when Cuadrado put a delicious cross into the far post. Mandzukic was again there to meet it with a ferocious header that hit the top of the crossbar with Handanovic beaten.

    La Vecchia Signora came flying out of the blocks in the second period, putting the Inter defence under immediate pressure with two good balls into the box that had to be well defended. Juve went close in the 60th minute as Cuadrado latched onto a long ball and his effort was tipped over by Handanovic.

    Inter held firm and didn’t really trouble Juventus defensively the whole match, but were able to dig in for a point at the Allianz Stadium.

    Up next the Bianconeri will have their longest break of the December period, as they have a week to prepare for the trip to Bologna on Sunday 17 December.

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