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Inter v Juventus – Serie A Best Rivalry

inter2juve1Goals from Mauro Icardi and Ivan Perisic cancelled out Stephan Lichtsteiner’s opener for Juventus and Inter held on to clinch a deserved 2-1 ‘Derby d’Italia’ win that they fully deserved after a dominant display.

Stephan Lichesteiner opened the scoring for Massimiliano Allegri’s visitors against the run of play on 66 minutes, but Mauro Icardi continued his impressive form against Gianluigi Buffon by hitting the leveller just two minutes later.

Perisic then came off the bench to nod the winner from Icardi’s deft cross 12 minutes from time to send Inter up to seventh place in the table.

De Boer told Sky Sport: “I’m very happy with the team’s performance, and the result but we have to try to play like this every week.”

De Boer has been under a lot of pressure since the defeat at home to Hapoel Beer Sheva in the Europa League on Thursday night. But the Derby d’Italia gave De Boer the chance to convince his employers, and the Dutchman didn’t disappoint.

He dropped Marcelo Brozovic for disciplinary reasons and Perisic was initially only fit enough to start on the bench.

Amid a nervous opening half Sami Khedira sent a free header from Alex Sandro’s cross straight at Samir Handanovic.

Inter went on the counter after Icardi robbed Giorgio Chiellini, and the Argentine’s curling drive came off the far post.
Juve threatened only three minutes after the restart, Dybala firing a deflected shot over.

But it served only to spark Inter.

Eder’s deflected shot from 25 metres almost caught Buffon off guard and Juve breathed a huge sigh of relief after another counter saw Buffon at full stretch as Antonio Candreva’s crisp volley from Icardi’s delivery inched past the far post.

Inter had the momentum but when Kwadwo Asamoah muscled past his marker to set up Sandro on the left, the Brazlian’s delivery gave Lichsteiner a simple tap-in.

Juve’s joy lasted barely two minutes, Icardi sending the San Siro into raptures after he rose above Mandzukic at a corner to send a looping header over Buffon.

De Boer immediately replaced Eder with Perisic and after Icardi saw claims for a penalty waved away following a clash with Giorgio Chiellini, Allegri finally gave Higuain the nod.

The Argentine replaced Mandzukic for the final quarter hour, but Persic’s influence was quickly felt.

When Ever Banega stole possession from Sandro he found Icardi in space at the far post. The Argentine then delivered a deft cross with the outside of his boot for Perisic to loop over Buffon after rising above Andrea Barzagli.

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