The Derby d’Italia is highly anticipated matchup between two of the strongest clubs in Serie A. In the first edition of this derby earlier in the season, Juventus secured a 1-0 home victory over Inter. Coming into this match, Juventus has already been knocked out of the Coppa Italia and UEFA Champions League, and has already claimed their eighth scudetto. They have little left to play for, but Massimiliano Allegri wants to make sure his side finish the season strong.
Inter are hoping to secure Champions League football for next season and came into this match in third place. A victory would leave them almost certain of playing in Europe’s premier club competition next season. With Atalanta and Roma still chasing them, and a four-point lead over the fifth-place side, they control their fate if they can keep picking up points.
Inter were on the front foot from kick-off, and they opened up Juventus several times in the first 20 minutes. Radja Nainggolan scored in the seventh minute with a volley so cool you thought he was going to light a cigarette at the corner flag. With the strength of Inter’s attack, the only disappointment was their inability to build on their lead.
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