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1 vs 3
Played
November 4, 2012 1:15 AM IST
Juventus Stadium — Torino
Referee:‬ P. Tagliavento‎
Attendance:‬ 40563‎
 
Diego Milito 59′ (PG)
 
Diego Milito 76′
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Juventus 1-3 Inter

Goal.com evaluates the performances of everyone involved in the crunch clash in Turin, after a game in which the visitors came from behind to end the Bianconeri's unbeaten run

By Mark Doyle

  • Gianluigi Buffon
    7
    3
    3.00

    Gianluigi Buffon

    Wasn't actually called into action that often during the first half but was grateful to the linesman for intervening after he had been beaten by a well-placed header from Palacio. However, there was to be no reprieve after he was comfortably beaten from the spot by Milito.

  • Giorgio Chiellini
    6
    3
    3.50

    Giorgio Chiellini

    A typically reliable presence at the back for the Bianconeri, he made a couple of fantastically well-timed tackles. However, the undoubted highlight of the Italy international's contribution was undeniably a storming run out of the defence which sparked a counterattack that he very nearly got on the end of.

  • Andrea Barzagli
    6
    3
    3.50

    Andrea Barzagli

    A no-nonsense performance at the back from the experienced defender.

  • Leonardo Bonucci
    4
    3
    3.00

    Leonardo Bonucci

    A solid enough display from the defender, though he was caught flat-footed by Milito midway through the second half and was ultimately booked for felling the forward.

  • Stephan Lichtsteiner
    3
    4
    2.00

    Stephan Lichtsteiner

    Subbed before he was sent off. Frustrated at being unable to play as offensively as usual because of Nagatomo's regular forays down the Juventus right, the Swiss was booked for needlessly throwing himself into Cambiasso as the Argentine jumped to head the ball wide to Nagatomo. He was then incredibly fortunate to stay on the field after a reckless tackle on Palacio. Wisely removed from the proceedings on 38 minutes.

  • Claudio Marchisio
    3
    4
    3.50

    Claudio Marchisio

    As ever, always looking to get beyond his front two. Had already narrowly failed to get on the end of a cross from Giovinco when he brilliantly sprung the Inter offside trap only to slice his volley, thus allowing Handanovic to parry wide. Went close again moments later but ultimately cost his side the game by stupidly pulling back Milito in the area.

  • Andrea Pirlo
    6
    2
    3.00

    Andrea Pirlo

    Always probing and picking passes, the veteran playmaker split the Inter defence with a sublime chip over the top that Marchisio probably should have scored from. Repeated the feat moments later but again his midfield partner was denied by Handanovic. The man most likely to drag Juve level late on, too.

  • Kwadwo Asamoah
    2
    3
    3.50

    Kwadwo Asamoah

    Made a sensational early impact, latching onto a pass from Vucinic before unleashing a shot-cum-cross which Vidal was on hand to divert into the net. Continued to threaten down the left flank thereafter but sometimes took the wrong option.

  • Arturo Vidal
    6
    2
    4.50

    Arturo Vidal

    Under pressure after a couple of lacklustre performances and the fine form of Paul Pogba, the Chilean wasted little time in justifying his inclusion by cleverly charging forward in support of Asamoah and then getting his reward for doing so when the ball arrived at his feet in front of what was effectively an open goal. Nearly scored again just before the break.

  • Sebastian Giovinco
    2
    8
    2.00

    Sebastian Giovinco Flop of the Match

    Played his part in Vidal's goal with a neat one-two with Vucinic before putting over a most inviting cross that Marchisio only just failed to connect with. With his quick feet and pace, he was a constant threat to the Inter back three during the first half but he was a peripheral figure after the interval.

  • Mirko Vučinić
    2
    3
    2.50

    Mirko Vučinić

    Looked lively enough early on and it was Vucinic's through-ball which put Asamoah away in the lead-up to the opening goal. However, the Montenegrin struggled badly thereafter to impose himself on the proceedings and he was hauled off at half time.

Substitutions

  • Martín Cáceres
    3
    2
    3.00

    Martín Cáceres

    Dropped to the bench after starting the midweek win over Bologna, the Uruguayan was thrown on shortly before half time because his replacement, Lichtsteiner, was running the risk of being sent off. Did well enough despite struggling to contain Nagatomo at times and produced a brilliant last-ditch challenge to deny Cambiasso a certain goal.

  • Nicklas Bendtner
    3
    3
    2.50

    Nicklas Bendtner

    Came on for Vucinic for the start of the second half but his impact was negligible, an attempted lob from an acute angle the best he could muster.

  • Fabio Quagliarella
    5
    2
    3.00

    Fabio Quagliarella

    Introduced late on but despite his best efforts, was unable to rescue a point for the Bianconeri.

  • Samir Handanoviç
    17
    0
    4.50

    Samir Handanoviç

    Had one very nervy moment when he made a mess of a throw, but deserves credit for keeping Inter in the game by saving Marchisio's volley at point-blank range.

  • Javier Zanetti
    15
    0
    3.50

    Javier Zanetti

    Predictably committed display from the captain (as per usual), with his poise and passion best illustrated by the way in which he dispossessed Giovinco just as the forward was threatening to walk the ball into the net, before then charging out of defence and eventually earning his side a free.

  • Andrea Ranocchia
    10
    0
    3.00

    Andrea Ranocchia

    Was given problems by the elusive Giovinco but kept battling. Also created a terrific opening for Palacio with a fine ball over the top.

  • Walter Samuel
    9
    1
    3.00

    Walter Samuel

    Booked for a mistimed challenge on Giovinco, whom he later shepherded off the ball extremely well after the diminutive forward had jinked his way into the area. Also put Handanovic under pressure with a poor back-pass but, for the most part, Samuel defended well.

  • Juan Jesus
    8
    2
    2.50

    Juan Jesus

    Back in the side after suspension, the Brazilian made some incredibly vital interventions, most notably when he cut out Giovinco's attempted through-ball for Vucinic before then stripping Vidal of possession on the edge of the area just as the Chilean was looking to get a shot away.

  • Yuto Nagatomo
    9
    1
    3.50

    Yuto Nagatomo

    A terrific outlet for Inter down the left-hand side, the Japanese put the equally attack-minded Lichsteiner on the back foot and very nearly scored in the second half with a well-struck drive after cutting into the area.

  • Esteban Cambiasso
    11
    0
    3.50

    Esteban Cambiasso

    Did more than anyone to get Inter back on track after such a dreadful start, putting in a number of crunching tackles as well as getting forward to threaten Buffon's goal. Also provided the ball that Palacio headed home only to then be flagged offside. Later denied a tap-in by a fine last-ditch tackle from Caceres.

  • Walter Gargano
    9
    1
    3.00

    Walter Gargano

    The Uruguayan was an industrious presence in the middle of the park, regularly winning the ball back for his side.

  • Rodrigo Palacio
    13
    0
    4.00

    Rodrigo Palacio

    So unlucky to get flagged offside after nodding Cambiasso's free kick past Buffon - particularly given the nature of Vidal's opener. Should have at least hit the target when put in on goal by Ranocchia but he made no mistake after being slipped through by Nagatomo in the dying seconds. The goal was just reward for Inter's liveliest attacker.

  • Diego Milito
    17
    1
    5.00

    Diego Milito Top of the Match

    Very subdued during an opening period in which he was never presented with a clear sight of goal and was forced to drift wide in order to get on the ball. However, like all great strikers, he took his chances when they came, firing home from the spot after he himself had been fouled in the area, before then deciding the game with an equally composed finish after Buffon could only parry Guarin's shot.

  • Antonio Cassano
    9
    2
    2.50

    Antonio Cassano

    Quiet enough early on but then very nearly drew Inter level with a sublime curling effort from the edge of the box which deserved a goal. However, despite playing some incisive passes here and there, his influence waned the longer the game went on and he was replaced with just over 20 minutes remaining.

Substitutions

Results
 
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Striker
Torino
19 0
Carlos Tévez Carlos Tévez
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18 1
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Inter
15 0