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Inter Milan vs Juventus match report: Higuain's goal seals three points, takes Maurizio Sarri's side top of Serie A

Juventus moved one point ahead of Inter after seven games as they target a ninth consecutive title, and first under Maurizo Sarri.

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Striker Gonzalo Higuain netted a 80th minute goal as Juventus inflicted 2-1 defeat on Inter Milan at San Siro on October 6.

With the win, Juventus have exchanged spots with Inter Milan to go on top of the Serie A table. After gameweek six, Juventus with 16 points trailed Inter by two points.

Higuain -- who came as a substitute to replace Federico Bernardeschi--slotted the winner after fellow Argentine Paulo Dybala had opened the scoring in the fourth minute.


Argentinian talent was in full show in Italy's capital as another Argentina forward  Lautaro Martinez pulled Inter Milan level from the spot on 18 minutes, but coach Antonio Conte lost in his first meeting against his former club since leaving Juve to take over the Italy national team in 2014.

Juventus moved one point ahead of Inter after seven games as they target a ninth consecutive title, and first under Maurizo Sarri.

Interestingly, Sarri had replaced Conte at Chelsea after the London based club sacked Conte at the end of 2016/17 season. Sarri spent one season with Chelsea as their manager and guided them at Europa League title.

"Overtaking at the top is insignificant right now," said former Chelsea boss Sarri.

"The important things is that we showed a performance of character and personality against a strong team in a high-tension environment. We deserved to win."

Sarri started with Dybala and Federico Bernardeschi up front alongside Cristiano Ronaldo.

Higuain -- who also scored in Juventus's 3-0 Champions League win over Bayer Leverkusen during the week -- began on the bench.

The champions got off to a blistering start with Miralem Pjanic setting up Dybala who took Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic by surprise.

Ronaldo rattled the crossbar and then had a goal ruled out when Dybala was in an offside position.

But Inter got back on level terms when Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt handled the ball, with Lautaro drilling past Wojciech Szczesny.

The hosts were hit with Stefano Sensi going off injured with Sarri making a double substitution after an hour bringing on in-form Higuain and Rodrigo Bentacur.

Ronaldo and Bentancur combined to send Higuain through for the winner, with Szczesny doing well to deny Matias Vecino as Inter desperately pushed forward for an equaliser.

"Juve showed their heavy artillery," said Conte, who coached the Turin giants to the first three of their current run of eight consecutive titles.

"Congratulations to them, we'll roll up our sleeves now," added Conte whose side lost their midweek Champions League game to Barcelona 2-1.



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First Published on Oct 7, 2019 10:24 am
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