Serie A

Matchday 23 Roundup: Inter overcome Juventus at San Siro in the Derby D’Italia to tighten their grip on the Scudetto.


The Nerazzurri are now 4 points clear at the top of the league after a dominant display resulted in a 1-0 win over fellow title contenders Juventus. Midfielders Nicolo Barella and Hakan Calhanoglu returned to the first team for the Derby D’Italia after missing out in Florence last time out.

The game was ultimately decided after Federico Gatti’s own goal in the first half. Whilst Juve defended deep in the first half, the Bianconeri tried to take the game to the hosts in the second half after the introduction of Federico Chiesa.

However, it was Inter who had the better chances in the second half with two world-class saves from Szczesny denying both Barella and Arnautovic from close range.

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Meanwhile, AC Milan secured all three points after a 3-2 victory in Frosinone after a late Luka Jovic winner completed an impressive comeback for The Rossoneri.

French striker Oliver Giroud opened the scoring, whilst Frosinone rallied back, having led 2-1 midway in the second half before goals from Gabbia and Jovic snatched the points for Milan.

Milan loanee Charles De Ketelaere struck twice as Atalanta extended their unbeaten run to 7 games in all competitions, winning 6 in this time.

The 3-1 win over Lazio, sees the Bergamo side sit comfortably in 4th place whilst The Biancocelesti sink to 9th in the table.

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Two goals from Paulo Dybala guided Roma to a comfortable 4-0 win at home to Cagliari. The win is Daniele De Rossi’s 3rd in as many games since taking over from Jose Mourinho.

Thiago Motta watched from the stands as his Bologna side came from behind twice at home to Sassuolo to record an impressive 4-2 win. The win helps to keep Bologna in contention for the European places.

A late Kvaratshkelia winner helped the Champions Napoli secure all 3 points in a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Hellas Verona in Naples. The win helps to relieve the pressure on Walter Mazzarri keeping Napoli in the hunt for Champions League football.

Defensive capitulation during injury time from Fiorentina on Friday night allowed Lecce to come from behind eventually winning 3-2. The win means Lecce is now 6 points ahead of the drop zone.

Two points dropped for Torino and a point gained for Salernitana was the story of this clash, as the game in Turin ended in a stalemate.

Empoli and Genoa ended in a 0-0 draw, as Genoa’s Koni De Winter was sent off for a second yellow in injury time.

The match between Udinese and Monza on Saturday also ended goalless in Northeast Italy.

Jack Harding

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