On This Day – November 3, 2012: The First Juventus Loss at the Allianz Stadium

Since they moved from playing at the never-loved Stadio Delle Alpi to the Allianz Stadium in 2011, Juventus put together a fantastic non-losing streak at home. Their brand new venue, which was still called Juventus Stadium, seemed an impregnable fort.

It was Inter to finally violate the black-and-white arena on November 3, 2012. It happened after 49 games, in an edition of the Derby d’Italia that the Nerazzurri won against all odds and despite going down after just 18 seconds of play.

Inter were coached by the then 36-year-old Andrea Stramaccioni, their former youth club manager who had taken over a few months earlier after the sacking of Claudio Ranieri. At the helm of Juventus was Antonio Conte, who had just won his first title for the Old Lady in the previous season (even though on that night he was replaced by his second-in-command Angelo Alessio).

Juventus’ opener was clearly irregular as Kwadwoh Asamoah, who served the assist for Arturo Vidal’s opener was offside, but the referee Paolo Tagliavento failed to notice that. Still, the Nerazzurri didn’t get discouraged. Led by an attacking trio featuring Diego Milito, Rodrigo Palacio, and Antonio Cassano, they came from behind in the second half to shock the Juventus Stadium and wrap a 1-3 upset – courtesy of a Milito brace and Palacio’s final goal.

It was the seventh consecutive win for Inter but it wouldn’t help them capture the Serie A title, which ultimately ended up again in the Juventus hands in what would be only the second of their nine Scudetti in a row from the Conte / Allegri era.

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