But on Sunday. Inter kept their title hopes alive with a crucial 1-0 win at Juventus on Sunday. The win sets up a thrilling Scudetto race, as AC Milan, who play tomorrow against Bologna, and Napoli are on 66 points, Inter are on 63 and have a game in hand.
Max Allegri will be wondering how his side lost this Derby D’Italia as he side wasted a host of chances in the opening 30 minutes.
But Inter stayed in the game and were awarded a penalty in first-half stoppage time following a VAR review. Juventis goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny saved Hakan Calhanoglu’s penalty, only for the referee to order a retake, which the Turkey midfielder converted to give Inter the lead.
Inter boss Simone Inzaghi was asked about the penalty, which was awarded after a VAR review, and the decision to retake it due to encroachment.
“It was a penalty and it should’ve just been allowed to stand as a goal the first time, because there was no Calhanoglu foul.
“We had a similar situation the last time we played Juve at San Siro, plus I was sent off for throwing my coat away. I accepted the draw and stayed quiet.”
The goal did not change the balance of play, however, as Paulo Dybala and Dusan Vlahovic both went close to an equaliser in the second half, before Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic tipped Denis Zakaria’s brilliant strike onto the post.
It remained one-way traffic until the final whistle, but Juve, who had 23 shots at goal to Inter’s five, could not make the pressure pay, as the visitors held on to seal all three points.
Allegri afterwards took very much an approach that is looking forward to next year saying that Juve were not in the running for the Serie A title and now that is confirmed, their 16-match unbeaten league run ended by Inter.
“Finally, people can say Juventus are definitively out of the Scudetto race! We just need to get as many points as possible to secure fourth place, then get ourselves ready for a strong start to the next season.
“Next season, we will have been working together for a year, so we will start trying to win the Scudetto. Naturally, this year we started badly and had to recover a lot of games. We were also beaten by individual incidents in the big matches.
“We should see the glass half-full, we are becoming a team, we still have real margin for improvement and need to work on further strengthening those aspects.”