FC Internazionale wins the Italian Derby, stretches lead stop Serie A table

An own goal decided the big match, allowing the Neroazzurri to move 4 points clear of Juve
Marcus Thuram and Lautaro Martinez celebrate the victory
Marcus Thuram and Lautaro Martinez celebrate the victory / Giuseppe Bellini/GettyImages

Just like the last matches between these two teams, there were few goals and not many finisihing touches taken. In fact, tactics and prudence dominated.

However, the team coached by Simone Inzaghi was decidedly more aggressive and managed ball possession more while Juventus FC sat back, waiting to recover the ball and try to strike on the counterattack.

The Neroazzurri relied on insidious crosses into the opponent's area but they were mostly thwarted by the Juventus defenders.

Even before the half hour mark, Serbian striker Dusan Vlahovic showed a certain nervousness, so much so that he was initially told to calm down by the referee, following a foul called against him, and he was subsequently booked for protesting.

In the 25th minute there was an important opportunity for FC Internazionale. Federico Dimarco fired low cross toward his teammate Marcus Thuram who found himself in a very favorable position in the center of the penalty area. However, Juve defender Bremer anticipated the pass and made a great sliding recovery.

FC Internazionale v Juventus - Serie A TIM
Federico Gatti / Marco Luzzani/GettyImages

Juventus FC tried to project itself into the opponent's half of the field for the first time through a solo play by left winger Filip Kostic but it was blocked by opponent Benjamin Pavard, author of a very positive match.

Shortly after, Dusan Vlahovic received a good ball from US midfielder Weston McKennie, and found an opening in the central area of the pitch. However, the Juventus striker surprisingly wasted a clear chance to finish on goal due to a disastrous control.

The deadlock was broken in the 37th minute. Italian midfielder Nicolò Barella sent in a dangerous cross that missed by teammate Pavard, who rushed into attack, as well as by Marcus Thuram. Instead defender Federico Gatti pushed the ball into his own goal with his chest.

The second half restarted without changes by either team.

Juventus FC had greater initiative compared to the attitude with which they approached the match at the beginning. However, FC Internazionale was the more dangerous, in particular, with a shot from distance by Hakan Calhanoglu that hit the outside post of the goal defended by Wojciech Szczesny who had remained motionless surprised by the violence of the shot.

Hakan Calhanoglu, Manuel Locatelli
Hakan Calhanoglu (right) was among the positive protagonists of the match / Chris Ricco/GettyImages

Shortly after the first hour of play, Juve coach Massimilano Allegri made changes. Filip Kostic and Kenan Yıldız left (the latter particularly disappointing) and Federico Chiesa and Timothy Weah enter in their places.

In the 67th minute, Juventus FC came close to equalizing with a long-range shot from Federico Gatti who tried to make amends but the shot did not worry goalkeeper Yann Sommer in the slightest.

The match continued with many duels and a faster pace but always without any shots on goal.

Meanwhile, Marko Arnautovic came on for FC Internazionale in place of Marcus Thuram. And it was the Austrian attacker who came close to scoring the 2-0 goal, except that goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny made a great save. Szczesny had already prevented the Nerazzurri's second goal following a shot by Nicolò Barella.

The match came to an end without any shocks.

Probably the only regret for the Juventus FC coach, Massimiliano Allegri, was that of not being able to fully count on the most decisive player in his squad, namely Federico Chiesa. In fact, the winger, despite entering the field, is not yet in optimal physical condition.

In any case, the Derby d'Italia confirms the greater strength of FC Internazionale compared to their opponent and allowed them to reach the top which can be considered a decisive piece for the final victory of the championship.