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Serie A: Inter Milan triumph in fiery Derby d’Italia, tighten grip on Scudetto race

Serie A: Inter Milan triumph in fiery Derby d'Italia, tighten grip on Scudetto race

The San Siro erupted in a clash of Serie A titans, with Inter Milan emerging victorious and opening up a four-point lead over Juventus in the Scudetto race. A bizarre own-goal from Federico Gatti proved the difference, sending shockwaves through the Bianconeri faithful and handing Inter their sixth consecutive home win.

Despite Juve’s early resilience, they struggled to escape their own half. Hakan Çalhanoğlu’s delightful pass nearly unlocked the defense, but Gleison Bremer’s last-ditch tackle denied a tap-in. Juve had their chances, with Weston McKennie setting up Dušan Vlahović, but a poor first touch squandered the golden opportunity.

Right before the break, chaos ensued from Nicolò Barella’s cross. Gatti, attempting to clear, inadvertently diverted the ball into his own net, silencing the Juve fans and sending Inter into the lead.

The second half saw Inter push for more, with Dimarco and Çalhanoğlu coming close. Despite Gatti’s near-redemption with a thunderous shot, Juve struggled to truly threaten. Wojciech Szczęsny kept them in the game with two phenomenal saves, denying Barella and Marko Arnautović.

Inter held firm at the back, maintaining their impressive record of not conceding after the 76th minute this season. The final whistle confirmed a well-deserved victory for Simone Inzaghi’s men, solidifying their Scudetto ambitions.

Juventus’s 19-match unbeaten streak came to a crashing end, and their iron grip on the Serie A throne loosened even further. With Inter holding a game in hand, Massimiliano Allegri’s team faces a near-impossible task if they want to reclaim the Scudetto this season.

This match was a rollercoaster of emotions, showcasing the contrasting fortunes of the two giants. While Inter celebrate their dominance, Juve faces an uphill battle to regain their former glory. As the season unfolds, all eyes will be on these two teams, locked in a thrilling fight for the Scudetto crown.

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