Derby d’Italia Debate: Top 5 Juventus-Inter Matches From The Past

With the titanic clash set to take place this weekend,’s Anthony Wright looks at some of the previous matches between the sides in Turin…
Juventus 9-1 Inter (June 10, 1961)
Sivori 11, 12, 17, 54, 67, 90 (pen), Riefolo 52 (o.g.), Nicole 64, Mora 79; Mazzola 78 (pen)

Originally the tie was scheduled for April 16, but a pitch invasion caused the game to be abandoned. Inter were originally awarded a 2-0 victory, but the day before the last round of games, it was decided that the match would be replayed instead. Nerazzurri president Angelo Moratti ordered coach Helenio Herrera to play the youth team in protest – Juventus had already won the title – and they were duly routed by the Old Lady. Omar Sivori was rampant, equalling Silvio Piola’s record of scoring six goals in a Serie A match.

Juventus: Mattrel; Emoli, Sarti; Boniperti, Cervato, Colombo; Mora, Charles, Nicole, Sivori, Stacchini.

Inter: Annibale; Riefolo, Tacchini; Morosi, Masotto, Dalmaso; Manini, Mazzola, Fusari, Guglielmoni, Ghelli

Juventus 1-0 Inter (April 26, 1998)

Del Piero 21

Juventus had been accused of benefiting from some favourable refereeing decisions throughout the season, but were only leading by a point with four games to go. Alessandro Del Piero gave the hosts the lead in the 21st minute, but there was drama in the second half. Piero Ceccarini failed to award a blatant penalty for a foul on Ronaldo by Mark Iuliano, before awarding one to the hosts seconds later. There were furious protests on the touchline, Inter coach Gigi Simoni was sent to the stands while president Massimo Moratti left the stadium, but Del Piero missed the penalty. Ze Elias was later sent off for the Nerazzurri, despite the fact that Edgar Davids was still on the pitch having kicked at Diego Simeone. It was so controversial, even the Italian Parliament broke out into a heated argument over the derby.

Juventus: Peruzzi; Torricelli, Iuliano, Montero; Di Livio, Deschamps, Davids, Pessotto; Zidane; Inzaghi, Del Piero.

Inter: Pagliuca; Fresi; West, Colonnese, Zanetti; Moriero, Winter, Simeone, Cauet; Djorkaeff, Ronaldo.

Juventus 3-0 Inter (March 2, 2003)

Guglielminpietro 4 (o.g.), Nedved 34, Camoranesi 83

The title race was nail-bitingly close, with Juventus and Inter sharing the lead on 48 points. The Bianconeri were dominant, however, with an early own goal giving them the lead before they peppered the visitors’ goal. Ten minutes before the break, Pavel Nedved scored a cracking goal from 25 yards before Mauro Camoranesi wrapped the victory up near the end. It gave the Bianconeri a three point lead at the top, and they didn’t look back as they stormed their way to their 27th title, topping the table by seven points.

Juventus: Buffon; Thuram, Ferrara, Montero, Zambrotta; Tacchinardi, Davids; Camoranesi, Nedved, Di Vaio; Trezeguet.

Inter: Toldo; J. Zanetti, Cannavaro, Materazzi, Cordoba; Guglielminpietro, C. Zanetti, Emre, Recoba; Vieri, Batistuta.

Juventus 1-3 Inter (November 29, 2003)

Montero 90; Cruz 12, 70, Martins 76

One of Inter’s biggest away league victories over the Bianconeri came in 2003. Juventus were top of the table, unbeaten and scoring goals for fun, while Inter were seven points behind them. However, it was the Nerazzurri that picked up a convincing win in the Delle Alpi. Julio Cruz blasted in their first goal with a 20-yard free kick into the top corner, before both sides put on an impressive display of profligacy in front of goal. Cruz finally doubled the lead in the second half, before Obafemi Martins capitalised on an error by Nicola Legrottaglie for the third. Paolo Montero grabbed a consolation goal in injury time, but it wasn’t enough to deny Inter a first away win in the league against the Old Lady since March 1993.

Juventus: Buffon; Thuram, Legrottaglie, Montero, Birindelli; Camoranesi, Tacchinardi, Appiah; Nedved; Trezeguet, Del Piero.

Inter: Toldo; Cordoba, Adani, Gamarra; J. Zanetti, Almeyda, C. Zanetti, Pasquale; Van der Meyde, Cruz, Martins.

Juventus 2-3 Inter (January 30, 2008)
Del Piero 14, Iaquinta 31; Balotelli 10, 54, Cruz 39 (pen)

Their Coppa Italia tie was delicately poised at 2-2 after the first leg, with a semi final place up for grabs. Neither side was at full strength, but this did not harm the spectacle of the match. While Del Piero and Vincenzo Iaquinta found the net for the hosts, the game was particularly notable for the emergence of one Mario Balotelli. The youngster took his opportunity in the Nerazzurri starting line up with aplomb, shaking off Birindelli to open the scoring before winning the match with a magical goal in the second half. It was a wonderful demonstration of the 19-year-old’s unquestionable talent.

Juventus: Belardi; Birindelli, Legrottaglie, Stendardo, Molinaro; Salihamidzic, Nocerino, Zanetti, Nedved; Del Piero, Iaquinta.

Inter: Toldo; Maicon, Cordoba, Rivas, Maxwell; Maniche, Pele, Stankovic; Jimenez; Cruz, Balotelli.

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