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15 Sep 2013 - in: Serie A

Derby d'Italia statistics

The stats from last night’s clash with Inter convey an evenly-contested affair in almost every department

The statistics from the first Derby d’Italia of the season show that early Serie A front-runners Juventus and Inter matched each other in the majority of departments on a competitive night at the San Siro.

This balance is best expressed when examining the possession stats, with a figure of 50% demonstrating that both sides had their moments of control during a hotly-contested 90 minutes.

Accuracy wise, Antonio Conte’s men narrowly came out on top, completing 72.4% of their attempted passes compared to Inter’s success rate of 68.7%.

Individually speaking, Leonardo Bonucci, who provided two magnificent assists in the 4-1 win over Lazio, again displayed his ability to successfully pick out a team-mate, topping the completed passes leaderboard with 70.

The centre-back is trailed by fellow defenders Giorgio Chiellini (61), Andrea Barzagli (59) and midfield maestro Andrea Pirlo (58).

Whilst unable to reproduce the same attacking fluidity witnessed last time out against the Biancocelesti, Juventus did have their chances to test Samir Handanovic in the Inter goal, registering 12 shots over the course of the evening, five of which found the target.

Less threatening in the final third were the hosts who, aside from Mauro Icardi’s opener and an early Yuto Nagatomo strike on the volley, made it a relatively quiet night between the sticks for Gigi Buffon with a total of four strikes on target.

A glance back at the individual statistics identifies Paul Pogba and goalscorer Arturo Vidal as the most potent Bianconeri threats with three shots apiece.

And whilst the Chilean’s 75th minute equaliser will naturally be remembered for sealing a priceless point on a challenging night for the reigning champions, it also represented his first ever Serie A goal struck at the San Siro.