Inter won the classic against Juventus, who had Cuadrado as the starter

Square in the match against Inter Milan // EFE/EPA/Alessandro Di Marco

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Inter Milan beat Juventus in the Italian Derby with a solitary penalty goal from Turkey’s Hakan Calhanoglu. Those from Turin, with Juan Guillermo Cuadrado as the starter, deserved much more, but they left with a defeat on the thirty-first day of Serie A.

The aspirations to raise the shield they went through this game for both teams. Inter needed a victory to recover the confidence lost in the last two months, and Juve to continue their streak in the league, climb to third place and put pressure on Milan and Napoli.

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Juventus started well in the Italian classic. The stadium, full, was quickly infected by the energy that his team transmitted at the start and carried his team in the wings during the first half hour.

Chiellini, already recovered from his injury, was about to open the scoring in the eighth minute of the match but, inexplicably, he was unable to finish off with precision, from the goal line, a rained ball that ended up spitting off the crossbar. Dybala, a starter in the midfield after it became known that the club will not renew his contract for next season, could also do so a few minutes later, but his distant shot, although very placed, went high by a little .

It is no longer news that each match that passes Morata and Vlahovic understand each other better. From the band, the Spaniard looks for and leaves gaps for the Serbian, who needs very little to generate danger.

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However, the brand new signing could not score, well marked by the Slovenian Milan Skriniar, who produced another great performance, one of those he is used to this season, although with much more suffering. Uncomfortable for the striker, clean when the ball was released, commanding from above and sure on the cut, Skriniar led from behind an Interista team that did not get the best version of him in the first half.

The passing of the minutes was diminishing Juventus, dominator of the first act. And Inter took advantage of the little they generated to win at halftime. A Dumfries internment in the right sector, apparently solved by Alex Sandro and Morata, ended in a more than avoidable penalty, made by the Spanish and indicated by the VAR, which starred in the key episode of the match.

Calhanoglu executed from eleven meters, but Szczesny stopped the shot and left a rejection that Calhanoglu himself arrived with De Ligt, Danilo and Chiellini. The ball bounced towards the goal and Rabiot ended up inserting it all the way when he was trying to clear. The referee blew his whistle and signaled a foul in favor of Juve, but after four minutes of review, the referee ordered the penalty to be repeated for black and white invasion.

The Turk repeated and the Polish goalkeeper guessed again, but the shot was much tighter and more powerful than the first. After the chaos, the roller coaster of emotions in four minutes, the ‘neroazzurri’ goal fell.

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The second part followed the same script. Juventino domain but without success. Vlahovic tried again, who with a cut sat next to him and took a shot with his bad leg that was close to equalizing the contest.

They pressed the premises, much superior, but they did not find a way to materialize. Denis Zakaria entered the Juventus midfield. The Swiss planted himself at the edge of the area after avoiding two rivals and shot, but his shot ended, like Chiellini’s, in the wood. Two penalties were protested in the final minutes, on Vlahovic and De Ligt, but the referee did not consider enough contact in any of them.

The tifosi capsized. Local dominance and superiority were very evident. That the ‘bianconero’ team deserved the goal was a clamor. And the players knew it, both Juventus and Inter. But the visitors knew how to handle that aspect and did not get carried away by nervousness, unlike those from Turin, who ended up unhinged with the refereeing.

Twenty shots from Juventus to five from Inter were not enough. The Neroazzurri won this Italian classic by the minimum and remain third with one game in hand, three behind Napoli and Milan. The Vecchia Signora deserved more, it was superior. With this defeat they remain fourth, five points above Roma and four above Inter.

Inter celebrated when the clash ended, aware of the importance of the victory, that they did not deserve such a prize.

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