Juventus escape defeat
Juventus snatched a last-gasp 1-1 draw at champions Internazionale in Serie A on Sunday after Argentine forward Paulo Dybala scored a penalty following a VAR intervention.
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Massimiliano Allegri’s side travelled to Milan in fine form having won their previous six games in all competitions but soon fell behind as Inter striker Edin Dzeko fired home after Hakan Calhanoglu’s shot had hit the post in the 17th minute.
The visitors piled on the pressure in the second half as they searched for an equalizer, but looked set to be frustrated after failing to create any clear cut chances.
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However, Juve were handed a lifeline following a VAR review of a tackle from Inter’s Denzel Dumfries on Alex Sandro, leading the referee to point to the spot. Dybala grabbed the opportunity to fire in the equaliser in the 89th minute.
Inter were furious with the decision – coach Simone Inzaghi was sent off for his protestations — as they had to settle for a draw that left them third in the standings with 18 points, while Juventus climbed to sixth a further three points adrift.
“I think it’s a very important point. We are Juventus, we play to win, but today we faced a team that plays good football,” Dybala told DAZN.
“I think that after so many years here, my time has come.”
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Having failed to win any of their opening four league fixtures for the first time in 60 years this term, Juve have turned their season around under returning coach Allegri.
Home goalkeeper Samir Handanovic was forced into a fine double save early on, but with their first attack of the match, Inter took the lead as veteran Dzeko pounced to score his seventh league goal of the season.
Despite being the top goalscorers in Serie A, Inter’s challenge fizzled out.
Allegri introduced Dybala and Federico Chiesa in the second half to try to lift his side, but Inter looked comfortable until the penalty decision, given for Dumfries lunging into a high tackle that was initially missed by referee Maurizio Mariani.
Inzaghi threw a spare shirt onto the pitch in frustration – which led to his dismissal — before substitute Dybala converted his 18th penalty in Serie A.
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“It was the only way we could concede a goal, it is disappointing,” Inzaghi told DAZN.
“I feel we controlled the game from start to finish, we allowed Juventus nothing and I am not happy to have seen two points thrown away. The referee was right there, he could see the incident and didn’t need to be called over for that. I am disappointed for our fans, as we played well and deserved more.”
“I admit my protests were not a good image to portray, but I felt in that moment it was not a VAR incident.”
Allegri was pleased to see his side continue their revival.
“The first-half performance was good, the second even better,” Allegri told DAZN.
“It’s a good point, it keeps us within three points of Inter and allows us to continue this positive run of results.”
Roma and Napoli fire blank
AS Roma coach Jose Mourinho was sent off to the stands as his side ended Napoli’s winning start to the Serie A season following a 0-0 draw on Sunday.
Napoli came into the contest having won their opening eight Serie A matches this season and dominated much of Sunday’s showdown, with Victor Osimhen denied by the post in the second half.
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In a tightly contested affair, Roma created little. Tammy Abraham had the best of their chances, slotting wide from a good position in the first half.
As a frustrating Roma struggled in the second half, it got too much for Mourinho late on, and he was sent off for protesting with the referee.
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Striker Osimhen thought he had won it at the death, but his header was ruled out for offside, with the point for Napoli enough to move them back to the top of the standings, above AC Milan on goal difference.
After making an impressive start to the season themselves, Roma have now won two of their last six league games to sit fourth.
“I was asking for a situation in our favour, but I didn’t say anything special, nothing that warranted being sent off for,” Mourinho told DAZN.
“But it is not a match in which the referee has done wrong, the feeling is that the referee has done a positive job.”