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September 14, 2013
• Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
Referee: D. Orsato
• Attendance: 79343
M. Icardi 73'
A. Vidal 75'
Daniele Orsati blows for full-time in Milan, and it finishes 1-1 between Inter and Juventus. A draw was probably the fairest outcome, despite both teams dropping their first points of the season. I've been Livio Caferoglu, and thanks for joining me for coverage of the Derby d'Italia this evening.
Two minutes of injury time will be played, with both teams pushing hard for the winner here.
FATAL MISS!!! Inter are all over the place defensively once again as Vidal throws a head at Tevez's cross which Handanovic saves somehow, but Isla cannot get his volleyed rebound on target despite having the goal at his mercy!
Kovacic almost makes an instant impact with a strong run through the middle, but Barzagli and Bonucci are at the right place at the right time to deny the No. 10. Icardi was ready to pounce if his Inter team-mate released the ball earlier.
Quagliarella readies himself in the box but is stopped by the offside flag. Meanwhile, Llorente continues to take his place on the substitutes' bench... one wonders what the Spaniard must be thinking at the moment.
Inter's very own wonderkid Mateo Kovacic has been thrown into the fire for the last 10 minutes as they look to the Croat for inspiration. Alvarez, for all his successes, was still too infrequent with his moments of magic.
Inter are dumbstruck here as it's Pogba's turn to test Handanovic from distance with a firm shot on target which doesn't swerve enough for the French starlet's liking.
AGAIN FROM JUVE... ALMOST!!! The Serie A holders have burst into life, interestingly since Quagliarella's introduction in the match, and they come agonisingly close to taking a quick-fire lead as Tevez is only a whisker wide with his stinging low effort from the edge of the box!
Assist Kwadwo Asamoah
Goal Arturo Vidal
INSTANT REPLY FROM JUVE!!! Who else but that man Vidal, as Asamoah leaves Jonathan in his wake and fizzes a low cross into the box - which the Chilean aptly places into the bottom corner of Handanovic's net!
Assist Ricardo Álvarez
Goal Mauro Icardi
GOOOOOOOALLLLLLL!!!!!!!! It's Icardi the substitute, who races onto the end of Alvarez's through ball, after Chiellini was dispossessed cheaply in the middle of the park, and the Barcelona youth product smashes a low shot past Buffon!
Mayhem in the Juve box as Chiellini makes a huge interception by getting a trailing leg in the way of Guarin's close-range attempt! The ball is then thrown up in the air, aided by Palacio's looping heaer, and the visitors only just manage to rid themselves of the danger.
While Juve continue to maintain the status quo in attack, Inter look to spice up the action with the introduction of Mauro Icardi to signal the switch to a more forward-thinking 3-4-1-2 formation, as Taider is sacrificed.
Guarin has been quiet throughout, but out of the blue he unleashes a bullet of an effort from the edge of the box which glances just wide of the far post!
Yellow Card Andrea Ranocchia
Ranocchia looks nervous as he cynically fells Pogba on the edge of the box. Pirlo, whose general end-product so far has been below-par, is denied yet again from a free kick.
Yellow Card Arturo Vidal
Cambiasso has been a strong performer this evening, and he wins a free kick following some mischievous nibbling-away from Vidal. It's a throw-back display from the Argentine, who is dispelling his advance years!
OH JUVE... !!!! If Conte was furious before, then Mazzarri has taken the definition of anger to the next level as his backline is all at sea! Tevez powers forward and sees Vidal in space in the box with a simple defence-splitting pass, but the Chilean surprisingly drags his shot wide.
The home side have done reasonably well to quell the impact of Pirlo so far, but they risk throwing out all their good work. First, the midfielder is given the time and space to aim a wayward strike at goal, before again hitting a clever pass forward to Vucinic - yet to no avail.
Juan Jesus tries to take on the role of deep-lying playmaker after sending a long ball into the path of Palacio, but Barzagli - a master of reading danger - easily intervenes and dinks the ball to Buffon for the clearance.
Conte is furious as his team are flagged for offside. Tevez again leads the Juve charge, but his through ball to Vucinic, who is away in the clear, is adjudged to be offside.
PALACIOOOOO! Cambiasso turns from defence to attack in an instant as he suddenly wraps his foot around the ball and curls in a ball onto the head of the former Genoa star in the box, and Buffon saves from close range!
Inter do indeed continue to kick at the heels of the Juventus defence, and their persistence is almost rewarded if not for Buffon's gathering of Nagatomo's cross.
Jonathan has been mightily disappointing, as opposed to Nagatomo on the other flank. A shot of him sees the Brazilian collect the ball and decide against taking his man on, instead preferring to go backwards for the safe option.
Jonathan has been mightily disappointing, as opposed to Nagatomo on the other flank. A shot of him sees the Brazilian collect the ball and decide against taking his man on, instead preferring to take the safe option and head backwards.
Straight at the other end, Nagatomo surges forward and whips a cross into the box which is quickly hacked away by a Juve shirt.
Great reading of the game from Juan Jesus to intercept Vidal's incisive pass, which Tevez had his eyes on.
Juventus get the second half under way, as Pirlo tries to pick out Vucinic with a long, raking pass, but Handanovic is alert to pick up the ball for a goal kick.
Meanwhile for Inter, there's always Milito - fresh from a midweek scoring return against Lugano... Anyway, just the one Juve change as Lichtsteiner is replaced by Mauricio Isla.
While the two teams prepare to return to the San Siro pitch, a gangly Llorente is seen strutting his stuff with a team-mate. Could he be an option for Antonio Conte's Old Lady in the second half?
Just a few minutes left until we're back for the second half, folks! Remember, there's not a better time to get in your tweets on the match to me - you can find me on Twitter @livmc.
No injury time will be played out as the first half is drawn to a close! Catch us in 15 minutes for the second period.
You don't see that often! Vidal - known for his warrior-like tendencies - is thrown off the ball by a nippy Taider, yet Guarin's pass is far too strong to release Palacio. Enthralling stuff!
OOOOOOOOH!!!! Best chance of the half for Inter, as Alvarez leads a counterattack and finds Palacio on the wing, and the Argentine forward powers home a low shot which cannons off Buffon for a corner.
Inter are aggrieved as Pirlo threads a wonderful through ball from some way out into the path of Vucinic, who is clearly offside, yet Handanovic must smother the danger!
... smashes low and hard... into the Juve wall. What an anti-climax Fredy!
Premier-League-esque intensity here in northern Italy! Vidal clatters into the back of Alvarez and Inter are awarded a free kick 40 yards from goal... which Guarin...
Lichtsteiner's to the rescue for Juve as he chests away a tantalising Palacio cross that Nagatomo was on the verge of flying himself onto.
GETTING EVER CLOSER! Alvarez pops up in the box and readies himself to have a crack, but there is Barzagli to time his intervention to perfection.
The Juve pairing of Tevez and Vucinic have been majestic at times. They have developed a fine understanding, to the extent that I've lost count of the number of cheeky flicks and touches they have shared between eachother!
POGBAAAAAA!!! Oh Pogba... what a chance! Pirlo sends an inch-perfect, trademark lobbed pass into an onside Pogba's path, but the Frenchman can only shoot at Handanovic, who awaits at the near post!
Palacio is unfortunate to be penalised for handball as he leaves Pirlo for dead, but proceeds to lift the ball over a Bianconeri shirt with a flutter of his hand.
Pogba does brilliantly to evade Guarin's advances, and he swivels on the ball before finding Tevez. However, Inter do equally as well to deny the ex-Manchester City ace in the box.
Moreover, could Vidal's penalty appeal prove to be a turning point? Anyway, back to the action, and Juventus are busy putting a string of inventive pases together...
Not a whole lot between these two arch-rivals now, but the atmosphere remains fever-pitch! Who will break first? Tweet your thoughts on the match to me via Twitter @livmc.
HANDBALL? An Inter hand is thrown into the air, but the Juve appeals are not overly convincing. Play resumes as normal.
The Nerazzurri are bringing danger upon themselves here as yet ANOTHER foul is given away on the edge of the box. Campagnaro slides legally into Tevez, yet Pogba is thrown to the ground straight after. Pirlo's free kick, however, is deflected for a corner.
Nagatomo is looking extremely lively down the left, and again he cuts inside with his right foot and rifles a powerful shot which crashes off the stanchion holding the goal in place!
Campagnaro's had a mixed start to this encounter, as his suspect offside line is *just* enough, with Vidal looking to exploit space in behind.
HE'S A LUCKY BOY! Taider must be sweating buckets of relief as he appears to pull down Vidal in the box, yet is not guilty of conceding a penalty in the eyes of Orsato.
Yellow Card Stephan Lichtsteiner
Lichtsteiner is the second recipient of a yellow card in the space of just two minutes as he climbs all over Alvarez.
PIRLOOOOO! In a daunting position on the left-hand side of the box, the playmaker runs up and curls home a high effort which Handanovic punches away.
Yellow Card Hugo Campagnaro
Juventus turn an attack into an instant once more, and Vucinic - on two successive occasions - needs more time than he likes and is soon shrugged off the ball.
OOOH! Just as I say that, Nagatomo volleys Alvarez's corner towards goal and it must be parried off the line by Buffon! The action is just slightly beginning to simmer over now...
Inter are now starting to contain Juventus as Cambiasso brings the ball out well in the middle of the park. Nagatomo then offers an outlet out wide, as his industrious style wins a corner off Vidal.
For the first time in the match, Inter are allowed a minute's rest as they try to slow down the tempo a notch by passing the ball around... Although Pirlo suddenly emerges to rob Alvarez, and normal service resumes for the Bianconeri!
Things are becomingly increasingly crowded around the hosts' box - Asamoah probes towards the edge of the area and lays off to Vucinic, but Cambiasso is there to stop the Ghanaian in his tracks.
Inter are struggling to get a foothold in this game so far. Alvarez is again in control of the ball, but his composure lets him down as he is soon dispossessed. Juventus, meanwhile, look a far more assured animal.
Vidal is felled, and a free kick is awarded to Juventus - which Pirlo surprisingly squanders as he gives the return ball away. Yet Inter are instantly stunted by Tevez once again in their attempts to drive forward.
Tevez is again in on the action as he switches to the opposite flank this time - cue a vital interception from Campagnaro to neutralise the danger.
Inter win a free kick, which is whipped in by Alvarez, but the ball is soon lost and Tevez embarks on an adventurous run down the left. The Argentine's through ball to Vucinic, however, is well smothered by Handanovic!
The sides' 100 per-cent starts are now officially on the line, as Inter get the match under way, going left-to-right!
The players are out, greeted by a raucous reception from an expectant San Siro crowd! The match is now seconds away from kick-off, with Daniele Orsato nominated as the referee this evening.
Both sets of players look jovial in the tunnel as they exchange hands. On a side note, it looks as if 3-5-2 will be the order of the day, with Walter Mazzarri and Antonio Conte - two leading disciples of the formation - ready to battle for leadership of the Serie A table.
A full house in a sunny Milan tonight. It's rare to see San Siro packed to the brim, amidst concerns over its long-term future. Nevertheless, it's great to see such an impressive turn-out for a match of such stature. Let the fun and games begin!
And last, but *certainly* not least, the champions Juventus: Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Pogba, Asamoah; Tevez, Vucinic.
Right, without further ado... here are the confirmed line-ups, starting with the hosts Inter: Handanovic; Campagnaro, Ranocchia, Juan Jesus; Jonathan, Taider, Cambiasso, Guarin, Nagatomo; Alvarez, Palacio.
Hello and welcome one and all! You're in the right place as we have LIVE commentary of the Derby d'Italia between Inter and Juventus coming right up. I'm Livio Caferoglu, and I'm delighted to present to you this showdown meeting between the two Serie A high-fliers!
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