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Serie A

  • March 30, 2013
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
  • Referee: N. Rizzoli
  • • Attendance: 79341

Live Commentary

  • Juventus move 12 points clear at the Serie A summit thanks to this victory, but Inter's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League next season have taken a big hit! Stay on for a full match report of the game, as well as player ratings and reactions! I've been Livio Caferoglu and it's arriverderci to you all!
  • 90' + 5'
    Red Card Esteban Cambiasso
  • 90' + 5'
    It's a red for Cambiasso right at the death for a bad lunge on Giovinco! Bar that, the final whistle is blown, and I'm sure there'll be plenty of talking points...
  • 90' + 4'
    Giovinco dashes down the right wing and wins a free kick near the corner flag. Game over I suspect... and so it is.... oh wait!
  • 90' + 3'
    Pirlo concedes a free kick on the right-hand side, but Cambiasso looks deflated as he chases the ball in an attempt to stop it from going out - but can't.
  • 90' + 2'
    Cassano hooks a delightful pass into the box for Pereira to slam home but it's deflected into the side-netting. Expect a tense three minutes!
  • 90'
    Yellow Card Sebastian Giovinco
  • 90'
    There'll be four minutes of time added on here!
  • 89'
    Yellow Card Giorgio Chiellini
  • 88'
    It's a case of wasting time now for Juventus who are happy to slow down the tempo and see out the result! A job well done for the Old Lady it increasingly seems.
  • 86'
    Cassano needs to be careful here as he tries to get away with rolling the ball forward upon taking a free kick but is quickly caught out by the ref. He eventually whips the ball in but Pogba heads away.
  • 84'
    Juventus pile on the pressure in search of a third goal and Pogba promises much with the ball at feet on the edge of the box, but the Inter defence are on hand to put in a block.
  • 82'
    SubstitutionFabio Quagliarella Sebastian Giovinco
  • 82'
    Good news for Inter as Cassano is back on the field of play, but it's Pereira turn to feel the wrath ... of Pirlo!
  • 80'
    Cassano limps off the pitch holding his left leg unopposed and looks to have pulled up - it doesn't look good for Inter either as they have used all of their substitutes up!
  • 79'
    SubstitutionW. Gargano Tommaso Rocchi
  • 78'
    Chiellini is the knight in shining armour for Juventus as he flies into the thick of the action with a sliding tackle in the box to deny Inter from advancing any further! Rocchi's on now and Inter have a corner... which ends in a free-kick for the champions.
  • 76'
    Another attack and another which bites the dust... Cambiasso tries his best to immerse himself in the action but it seems Conte has countered his introduction with that of the energetic Pogba!
  • 74'
    SubstitutionAlessandro Matri Paul Pogba
  • 74'
    15 minutes left until full-time in Milan and Inter are throwing the kitchen sink at Juve now! The visitors are holding on, however.
  • 72'
    Inter are AGAIN denied a penalty as Cassano, fast becoming the bane of the Juventus defence, shows great close-control to evade Bianconeri shirts in the box but eventually falls to the ground. Nothing given!
  • 70'
    SubstitutionClaudio Marchisio Paul Pogba
  • 70'
    Cambiasso's the latest throw of the dice for Inter as he is instructed to play high up the pitch and support the attack! Will more numbers up top increase the hosts' chances of salvaging even a point? Let's see...
  • 68'
    Yellow Card Andrea Barzagli
  • 68'
    CASSANOOOOOOOO!!!! The Juventus defence fail to clear their lines aptly and ball drops to the forward in the box, but despite showing impressive technique initially to get the ball under control, his shot is straight at Buffon!
  • 66'
    SubstitutionAndrea Ranocchia Esteban Cambiasso
  • 66'
    Asamoah's not had his best of games and the more defensive-minded Peluso comes on in his place out on the left. It's the right call by Conte as the Ghanaian continues to regain his form since the Afcon.
  • 64'
    Pirlo's deep corner finds Vidal on the edge of the box, but Cassano nicks the ball off him just as the Chilean adjusts himself for the spectacular!
  • 63'
    SubstitutionKwadwo Asamoah Federico Peluso
  • 63'
    Yellow Card Andrea Ranocchia
  • 62'
    It's pandemonium on the sidelines now as Inter team manager Ivan Cordoba is incensed with the decision to award Juventus' leveller and is shown away by Rizzoli following a tirade from the Colombian!
  • 60'
    Assist Fabio Quagliarella
  • 60'
    Goal Alessandro Matri
    JUVE BACK IN FRONT!!! Vidal threads Quagliarella through, amid Inter calls that the ball went out for a goal kick, but the Nerazzurri foolishly did not play to the whistle and Matri is given the simple task of tapping in from close range!
  • 59'
    OOOOH! Padoin shows great persistence to break into the box and meet a low cross which he toe-pokes onto the palm of Handanovic's flailing arm! Could the momentum be shifting again?
  • 57'
    Juventus, meanwhile, are frustrated that Inter played on during the build-up to the goal as Chiellini was involved in a collision, but the calls are quickly drowned out by the home crowd!
  • 55'
    Moments earlier there was a questionable offside call involving Pereira, who appeared to be played on by Asamoah, but the visitors will be delighted to have reaped what they promised!
  • 54'
    Assist Antonio Cassano
  • 54'
    Goal Rodrigo Palacio
    IT'S THE EQUALISER!!!!!!!!!!!! No denying that it's been coming either as Cassano lays off Palacio who bursts into the box with a deft first touch and, cool as you like, side-foots the finish past Buffon!
  • 52'
    Juventus string together a sequence of passes outside the Inter area and Padoin looks to capitalise on the slippery surface with an angled drive from the left side, but it's saved by Handanovic.
  • 51'
    Palacio has another crack at goal and again it's not of the required standard. Nonetheless, Inter can be pleased with their start to the second half!
  • 49'
    Barzagli refuses to be beaten as Cassano finds Palacio with a raking through pass out wide, but the centre-back stops the former Genoa man in his tracks.
  • 47'
    Yellow Card Á. Pereira
  • 47'
    Pereira is penalised for a foul on the edge of the box, but Pirlo's resulting free kick is too weak and Quagliarella can only barely fling a head so it reaches Handanovic.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionRicardo Álvarez F. Guarín
  • 45'
    We're back under way and the introduction of Guarin is sure to beef up the Inter midfield and go some way towards stifling the free-flowing nature of Juventus' ball players.
  • Amidst waving flags of Inter legend Giacinto Facchetti, the players come back out onto the pitch! Expect an improved Inter in this half - at least according to our Serie A expert Carlo Garganese (via @carlogarganese). Oh, and Alvarez is replaced by Fredy Guarin!
  • Palacio is again found in the box by his team-mates, but the forward can only shoot straight at Buffon! An on that note, it's half-time at the Giuseppe Meazza. Join us in 15 for LIVE commentary of the second period!
  • 44'
    Cassano's frustration is starting to become evident as he looks for worse for wear following a half-hearted challenge with Asamoah. The hosts will need more from the forward if they are to push for the equaliser!
  • 42'
    Just five minutes left until half-time now, and it's Pereira's turn to test Buffon, although the wing-back's attempt is weak and the Italy goalkeeper has an easy save to make.
  • 40'
    WHERE DID THAT COME FROM?! These torrential conditions in northern Italy possibly, but Pirlo, out of absolutely nowhere, fires a shot at Handanovic who must parry the ball out! Inter really need a goal here.
  • 38'
    The Argentine again finds the ball at feet and shifts past Asamoah before bringing the ball onto his left peg and powering a low strike into the side-netting!
  • 36'
    Alvarez is beginning to find some solace with his passing game and slips through another ball for Palacio to latch onto, but Barzagli immediately snuffs out the danger for a corner.
  • 34'
    Alvarez and Pereira link up intelligently via the one-two down the left-hand side, and the ex-Porto man finds space in the box and sets himself up for a cross before being charged down by Chiellini again!
  • 32'
    Inter try to capitalise on being temporarily a man to the good as they work the ball up towards Palacio, but he cannot do it as his own as Chiellini clears his lines.
  • 30'
    Chivu is lucky to escape the advances of the ref as he flies through Barzagli, and so is Pereira who leaves Vidal in a heap on the sidelines!
  • 28'
    Inter are hanging on by the skin of their teeth here as Juventus are denied another penalty - this time it's Handanovic who appears to haul down Vidal in a melee, but on second glance it's the right decision.
  • 26'
    OFFSIDE! Matri is thwarted in his attempts to break the Inter defensive line as he times his run a split-second too late and is flagged despite Handanovic parrying his toe-poked finish away.
  • 24'
    The tackles are starting to fly in now! Kovacic, guilty of sliding into his opponent moments earlier, is soon flattened by Vidal. It's definitely been a midfield battle thus far and Juve are running away with it.
  • 22'
    But whatever Pirlo can do, Pereira can do better it seems! The Uruguayan's cross-field pass is becoming a regular feature of this match and is posing the Bianconeri defence a problem on occasions.
  • 20'
    Zanetti is penalised for a handball around 30 yards from goal - very similar to Bonucci's case - and the ref awards Juve a free kick, but Pirlo's attempt cannons off the field of play.
  • 18'
    Juventus are beginning to look comfortable in possession with Inter very much second-best and doing much of the chasing. The Old Lady are spraying passes around at will and win a corner off Samuel - which Marchisio slowly rolls to Pirlo in a bid to time-waste.
  • 16'
    Yellow Card W. Gargano
  • 16'
    Gargano is seething as despite appearing to hack down Chiellini, he feels his challenge was fair - cue an angry backlash at the ref and Cassano of all people to pull his team-mate away!
  • 14'
    OOOOOH! Chances for both sides as Palacio forces another fine save from Buffon after meeting Pereira's cross at the back post, but Juventus hit back on the break with Marchisio who finds Matri with an inch-perfect through ball, although the striker can only volley wayward.
  • 12'
    Silky play from Inter as Alvarez twists and turns past several Juve shirts on the edge of the box before laying off Cassano who rifles a shot low and hard goalbound, but Buffon is equal as he tips the ball wide!
  • 10'
    Palacio takes on Padoin with ease on the left flank and loops in a cross which the bumbling Alvarez, despite his considerable height, gets nowhere near onto the end of!
  • 8'
    An incredible show of determination from Bonucci! The centre-back, straight from the preceding set-piece, works his way up the pitch unopposed and floats a ball into the Inter box. It's a case of as you were, though.
  • 7'
    Inter are furious as Zanetti advances down the right and sends in a cross which strikes the boot of Bonucci and subsequently his hand! Rizzoli ignores their appeals and the corner is soon averted.
  • 5'
    How can Inter reply to that shock to the system? For a start, the Nerazzurri defenders gifted far too much space to the striker, but there was still much work to be done!
  • 3'
    Assist Kwadwo Asamoah
  • 3'
    Goal Fabio Quagliarella
    GOOOOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLL!!!!!!!!!! Quagliarella proves his first-team credentials with a screamer from 25 yards out as he wraps the ball around his foot and smashes it past Samir Handanovic and into the top-left corner. First blood to Juve!
  • 2'
    Lively opening two minutes! Pereira tries to probe down the left-hand side and sends a through pass towards Palacio who flicks the ball over Chiellini on the edge of the box, but it is eventually cleared.
  • 1'
    Here we go, folks! Nicola Rizzoli kicks us off with Inter playing from right-to-left and Juve vice versa. Remember to tweet @goal_intl your thoughts on the match!
  • 1'
    Here we go, folks! Nicola Rizzoli kicks us off with Inter playing from right-to-left and Juve vice versa. Remember to tweet @goal_intl your thoughts on the match!
  • While the Derby d'Italia has always been a standout fixture in Italy, it has truly intensified over the past 15 years ever since Ronaldo and Inter were denied a potentially-decisive penalty at the Delle Alpi in 1998... And there's the small matter of the Calciopoli scandal, too!
  • The Nerazzurri won 3-1 when the two sides first met back in November, and it infamously came at the cost of the Old Lady's 49-match unbeaten run! However, these two teams have experienced differing fortunes since then, so anything goes...
  • The outcome of this clash has repercussions for both sides. First up, Inter can close the gap to three points on third-placed AC Milan with a win here today. Juventus, meanwhile, can maintain their lengthy lead atop the league standings if they triumph instead!
  • It's been a fair while since I took up the mantle of LIVE commentaries, but what a way to mark my comeback - none other than the Derby d'Italia! Just under 10 minutes until the order of the day gets under way, now.
  • And last but not least, Juventus: Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Padoin, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah; Quagliarella, Matri.
  • Right, without further adieu, here's the team news - starting with today's hosts Inter: Handanovic; Ranocchia, Samuel, Chivu; Zanetti, Gargano, Kovacic, Pereira; Alvarez; Palacio, Cassano.
  • Hello and welcome to's LIVE commentary of the Serie A clash between Inter and Juventus at the Giuseppe Meazza! I'm Livio Caferoglu - the lucky man bestowed with the honour of guiding you all through the action this afternoon.