Marcelo Brozovic and Sami Khedira hit the woodwork, as Inter and Juventus shared a goalless draw.
There was so much at stake in this Derby d’Italia, as the Nerazzurri could go top after Fiorentina’s defeat to Napoli, Juve aimed to get back into the title race and there was pride to be considered in this historic rivalry. The Bianconeri were undefeated in this fixture since 2010, losing only once in their last 10 meetings with Inter, home and away.
Stephan Lichtsteiner and Martin Caceres were sidelined, but Max Allegri surprisingly started Simone Zaza rather than Paulo Dybala. It was the first time he’d been able to use his first choice midfield trio. Adem Ljajic missed out, though Stevan Jovetic returned from injury, plus Geoffrey Kondogbia and Fredy Guarin were benched.
Inter unveiled a huge choreography mocking Juve for their ‘almost’ Treble last season, concluding with the message ‘Keep dreaming.’
Samir Handanovic needed the first save on Juan Cuadrado at the near post, then Jovetic curled a free kick wide and Zaza wasted a couple of promising opportunities.
It was a fiery encounter with four bookings in the opening 16 minutes and penalty appeals for a cross that struck Leonardo Bonucci on the arm, but Ivan Perisic nodded it on to him from point-blank range.
Gigi Buffon’s first real save was on 27 minutes, coming off his line to block from Jovetic at the near post on a Jeison Murillo through ball.
Moments later Buffon just got his fingertips to a spectacular Marcelo Brozovic curler, enough to tip it on to the crossbar. The Juventus goalkeeper was limping and received treatment on his right calf muscle.
Jovetic’s free kick was just beyond Icardi’s outstretched foot. It was end-to-end with crucial tackles in either box by Andrea Barzagli on Icardi and Murillo on Zaza.
Straight after the restart Cuadrado’s shot was squirming through Handanovic’s legs at the near post, but ricocheted off his ankle for a corner. The ball could’ve gone anywhere, so the goalkeeper was very fortunate.
Inter failed to make the most of a fresh-air Morata clearance on a corner, then Buffon needed two touches to take the sting out of a Jovetic long-ranger, as it bounced right in front of him.
Juventus were having a much stronger second half and hit the frame of the goal, as Sami Khedira’s side-foot finish from 12 yards bounced off the base of the upright with Handanovic stranded.
Barzagli was again decisive, nodding an Icardi cross off the head of Perisic, but out of 80 Serie A games this season it was only the second goalless draw.
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