First half goals from the Montenegrin and the Italian midfielder proved enough to secure the victory for the visitors in a pulsating contestJuventus returned to the top of Serie A with a 2-1 victory over Inter at San Siro on Saturday night.
Goals from Mirko Vucinic and Claudio Marchisio either side of a Maicon thunderbolt ensured that the visitors maintained their unbeaten record in the league, and moved back ahead of AC Milan to the summit.
The hosts started the match brightly, with Gianluigi Buffon forced into a good save to deny Giampaolo Pazzini before Esteban Cambiasso’s hooked effort sailed just past the post.
However, with just over 10 minutes gone and against the run of play, Juventus took the lead. Vucinic was the quickest to react after Luca Castellazzi had parried Alessandro Matri’s effort, smashing the ball into the back of the net.
The goal seemed to open the game up, with both sides spurning chances before a great finish from Maicon brought the Nerazzurri back on level terms. The Brazilian latched onto a neat pass from Wesley Sneijder before unleashing a powerful drive past Buffon.
On 33 minutes, the visitors edged ahead again through Claudio Marchisio. The midfielder coolly slotted past Castellazzi after a neat one-two with Matri to put the Bianconeri back in the driving seat.
Before half-time came controversy. Castellazzi clumsily brought down Marchisio inside the penalty area, but the Italy international's protests were waved away by referee Nicola Rizzoli.
The second half began with both sides creating numerous opportunities, before Vucinic missed a great opportunity to grab his second of the night, with the Montenegro international firing straight at Castellazzi from two yards out.
The pace started to slow, down with needless fouls ensuring that chances were at a premium. Just before the hour mark, Andrea Pirlo created some space for himself on the edge of the box, but his drive flew straight into Castellazzi’s arms.
Inter just couldn't find a way back into the math, and with three minutes left, substitute Alessandro Del Piero missed a glorious opportunity to kill the game off. The legendary forward found some space in the left side of the area but could only drag his shot wide of the far post.
This result sees Juventus regain top spot in Serie A, who face Napoli next in another huge game for the Bianconeri, while struggling Inter host Cagliari in the next round of Serie A.