Cuadrado’s double decides. Three penalties were whistled. Two expulsions, black and white protests for the red in Bentancur
TURIN. It was supposed to be the Super League commercial, but Juve-Inter quickly and badly turned into the worst episode of “Oggi le comiche”. Referee Calvarese, a rookie in the Derby d’Italia, took care of transforming the challenge in the Var West with an impressive collection of errors that inevitably conditioned a duel that not only offered history and pride, but a place. in the Champions League for the bianconeri.
Everything and more happens at the Stadium with three penalties granted (the first two only after the intervention of the Var), two expulsions decreed (Bentancur and Brozovic in the second half) and an own goal first canceled and then validated. In the end Juventus wins 3-2 a match as daring as it is illogical, taking advantage of Ronaldo’s goal (after the penalty saved) and Cuadrado’s brace, but above all overtakes Napoli in fourth place, expected tomorrow from the crossing with Fiorentina. In 2018 the Neapolitans, with Sarri, lost a Scudetto in Florence after the 3-2 of the Bianconeri against Inter (it was played at San Siro). Who knows if there will be an encore …
Pirlo surprises everyone by deploying Kulusevski as owner alongside Ronaldo, thus leaving both Dybala and Morata on the bench. The move works badly, given that the two collaborate little, often bumping into the Inter defense. Conte, on the other hand, fielded all the best in his return to the Stadium as champion of Italy, but Juve started better. After 11 ‘Skriniar is providential to deflect Kulusevski’s shot a few steps from the goal, while immediately after Chiesa’s shot on a corner action ends very high. The game broke off in the 22nd minute, when the Var called Calvarese to assign the penalty after Darmian was held in the area on Chiellini.
From the spot, however, Ronaldo gets Handanovic’s shot parried by throwing the penalty badly, but the rejection benefits him for the easiest of tap-ins. Inter did almost nothing to react, but in the 35th minute they found the equalizer thanks to the penalty converted by Lukaku (first goal for Juve in 9 games) after the Var highlighted a De Ligt stomp on Martinez’s heel. The final is Juventus: in the 42nd minute Ronaldo misses the final blow, then Chiesa’s shot is rejected for a corner by Skriniar and in the 46th minute Handanovic blocks Rabiot’s shot. In the last seconds of the recovery, however, comes the goal of Cuadrado (first goal in the league) with a great shot from outside deflected by Eriksen.
The 2-1 at the interval is pure gold for a Juve who immediately takes the lead and then has to manage a difficult situation of numerical inferiority. Calvarese’s decision to warn Bentancur in the 55th minute for a foul on Lukaku is excessive and above all leaves the Bianconeri in ten. Pirlo immediately removes Kulusevski to reinforce the median with McKennie and locks up his team, conceding very little to Inter who is distracted and unwilling to attack. A danger comes from Eriksen’s free-kick in the 58th minute, careful Szczesny, while the rest is total defense by a Juve that also renounces Ronaldo and Chiesa from the 70th minute (Wednesday is the Italian Cup final against Atalanta) . THE
The bank, however, jumps in the final even if the result does not change: first Chiellini’s own goal at 85 ‘which Calvarese cancels and Var confirms (no foul by Lukaku), then the generous penalty for the Cuadrado-Perisic contact the Colombian himself converts for the final 3-2 at 88 ‘. There is still time to see Brozovic’s expulsion in recovery, a second yellow card for having mowed down Cuadrado after protesting the penalty of the third Juventus goal, and the general sigh of relief from a Juve that is still alive despite everything.
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