Inter vs Juventus 1-1: Late Dybala Penalty Salvages a Point for the Bianconeri

The first Derby d’Italia of this season finished in a draw at the San Siro today. Inter started the game well and opened the scoring thanks to Edin Dzeko who netted his seventh league goal in nine matches so far.

In the second half, however, Juve were on the attack and Simone Inzaghi’s defence was persistently put to the test. Eventually, the Bianconeri won a penalty and up stepped Paulo Dybala, who was making his return from injury. The Argentine scored his fourth goal of the season to draw Juventus level with only minutes to spare.

However, neither side managed to find a winner and the match finished in a draw. 

Inter’s XI saw three changes from the win against Sheriff, with Alessandro Bastoni back in the lineup ahead of Federico Dimarco while Matteo Darmian started at right wing-back in place of Denzel Dumfries. Hakan Calhanoglu was also in the playing XI, replacing Arturo Vidal.

Juventus also had a few changes from their win over Zenit with Giorgio Chiellini and Danilo starting in place of Matthijs de Ligt and Mattia de Sciglio respectively. Juan Cuadrado was back in the XI while Dejan Kulusevski, who scored the winner against the Russians, was making only his second start of the season. Surprisingly, Federico Chiesa was on the bench.

Inter started the match well but Juventus had a very good chance to open the scoring. Alvaro Morata took a shot at goal which Samir Handanovic was able to block. However, the ball went towards Alex Sandro who tried to score. The Nerazzurri shot-stopper was able to hold on to the Brazilian’s shot.

Juve suffered an early blow when Federico Bernardeschi was forced to leave the pitch due to a shoulder injury he sustained after a tussle with Darmian. 

Shortly after, Calhanoglu’s shot deflected off the crossbar towards Edin Dzeko, who found the net to give Inter the lead. The Nerazzurri came close to conceding but thankfully for them, Cuadrado’s shot from distance was just wide.

Inter looked the better team and were able to hold on to their lead till the half-time whistle blew.

Juventus made some changes during the second half with Dybala and Chiesa coming on, among others. The duo’s presence on the field gave more confidence to the Bianconeri as they kept attacking. Inter’s backline was tested persistently and eventually, Juve won a penalty after Dumfries fouled Sandro. 

Dybala stepped up and converted the spot-kick to draw his team level in the 89th minute. Suddenly, Allegri’s side looked to be the favorite to clinch the game. Things went bad for Inter as Inzaghi was sent off because of his persistent complaining after the penalty was awarded.

However, no further goals were scored and the spoils were shared in the Derby d’Italia. Next up for Inte is a trip to Tuscany as they play Empoli on Wednesday. Juve, who are now sixth in the Serie A table, host Sassuolo a few hours before the Nerazzurri‘s fixture.



October 23, 2021 – Serie A 2021-2022 Round 9

SCORERS: 17′ Dzeko (I), 89′ Dybala (J, pen.)

INTER (3-5-2): Handanovic, Skriniar, De Vrij, Bastoni, Darmian, Barella (90′ Vecino), Brozovic, Calhanoglu (61′ Gagliardini), Perisic (72′ Dumfries), Dzeko, Martinez (72′ Sanchez) (Kolarov, Sensi, Ranocchia, Cordaz, Dimarco, D’Ambrosio, Satriano, Radu); Coach: Inzaghi

JUVENTUS (4-4-2): Szczesny, Danilo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Sandro, Cuadrado (65′ Dybala), Locatelli (83′ Jorge), McKennie (83′ Arthur), Bernardeschi (19′ Bentancur), Morata, Kulusevski (65′ Chiesa) (De Sciglio, De Ligt, Ramsey, Pellegrini, Pinsoglio, Rugani, Perin); Coach: Allegri

REFEREE: Mr. Mariani from Aprilia
NOTES: Yellow Cards: Barella (I), Sandro (J), Perisic (I), Chiellini (J); Red Cards: Inzaghi (I) ; Added Time: 1st Half 3′, 2nd Half 5′