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Juventus Back On Top, Milan Stumble at the Derby

juveAnother changes happened in the Serie A table as Juventus moved up in the standing despite only picking up a point against Cagliari since their arch rival, Ac Milan, surprisingly beaten by Inter Milan at the Derby.

Meanwhile, Udinese held their ground after disappointingly beaten by Genoa, forcing them to stick at third place and must start worrying the resurgence of Inter and also Lazio, who are also winning this weekend.

Playing in front of their home crowd in Turin, Juventus looked to be on their way for another comfortably victory when Mirko Vucinic puts them ahead after only six minutes with an easy tap-in. However, things changed early in he second half as Andrea Cossu got the equalizing goal after capitalizing on the mistake made by Leonardo Bonucci, who gave the ball away to Cossu instead of clearing it properly.

Ac Milan suffered another disappointment in one of their big match clash this season, after Inter stole the match with a cheeky goal from Diego Milito, who once again pounced on a defensive error made by Ignazio Abate. The Italian international who has made the same error couple seasons ago, sloppily missed a clearance and let Milito runs into a bag of space before sliding his shot coolly passed Christian Abbiati in the second half.

The injury to Alberto Aquilani and also having Clarence Seedorf unfit pretty much caused Milan’s midfield creativity a lot as they were playing with too many box to box players, without having any quality passer on the pitch. The lack of that creative act made things easier for Inter, who defended very tight as they were simply eying to hit Milan only from counter attack, which worked out very well indeed.

Inter’s victory obviously boosted their morale as they go undefeated for six games now and looking lively to get their hand back into the Scudetto race, while for Milan, although it doesn’t cost them much, but they must improve their confidence again aside from getting their injured players back. A disappointing defeat also suffered by another top team, Udinese, who were gunned down by Genoa, despite taking the lead early through Damiano Ferronetti.

However, Genoa crawled back in the second half and bagged three goals from Granqvist, Jankovic and Palacio before Antonio Di Natale pulled a goal back and made the score line 3-2 for the home team. The result this weekend only changed Juventus’ position, who are back in the lead, while other post in the top five remain unchanged, as Inter are really looking to fly high again.

Serie A Week 18 Result (Until Sunday)

Catania v Roma (postponed due to heavy rain); Cesena v Novara 3-1; Chievo v Palermo 1-0; Fiorentina v Lecce 0-1; Genoa v Udinese 3-2; Juventus v Cagliari 1-1; Lazio v Atalanta 2-0; Parma v Siena 3-1; Milan v Inter 0-1; Napoli v Bologna (to be played on Monday)

 

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