INTER MILAN SNATCH VICTORY AGAINST JUVENTUS

The Serie A giant celebrated a stunning victory after a 2-1 win against rival, Juventus at San Siro, Italy.


Juventus right-midfielder, Stephan Lichtsteiner had given the champions a 66th-minute lead but Icardi drew Inter level almost immediately then set up the winner for Ivan Perisic 10 minutes later.

It was a stunning response from Inter, after their midweek Europa League defeat to Hapoel Be'er Sheva, and was barely spoilt by a last-minute red card for Ever Banega. The home team came into the game on the back of a Europa League humiliation at the hands of Israeli side, and made six changes to the side that lost 2-0 mid-week.

The Nerazzurri lined up in a 4-3-3 formation with a narrow 1-2 midfield of Medel, Banega and Joao Mario. Candreva and Eder played on the shoulders of and behind Juve’s two wing-backs, with Icardi playing as the outlet up top.

Inter pressed high in the initial stages of the game in a 4-2-4 shape with their three front men—Icardi, Candreva and Eder—converging on the three Juve centre-backs in the away side’s build-up phases. That forced Buffon to take long goal kicks instead of his favoured short ones as Juve failed to impose themselves on the game from the start.

Inter didn’t create much chances but would surely revel in the victory of the night. Banega was all over the midfield playing a variety of roles ranging from a number 6 to a number 10. The win buys more time for De Boer after his poor start at Inter, and similar performances with more creativity up front would make Inter a good bet to challenge for the Champions League plasirol. Inter continue their campaign as they host Bologna at San Siro in their next fixture.

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