Juventus defeats champion Inter Milan and keeps a glimmer of European hope (video)



Juventus defeats champion Inter Milan and keeps a glimmer of European hope (video)


/Massimo Pinca

Juventus maintained a glimmer of hope for participating in the Champions League soccer next season, after its victory over Inter Milan (3-2) on Saturday evening, in the 37th round of the Italian League.

Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo put the “Bianconeri” ahead with an early goal scored in the 24th minute of a follow-up ball that was blocked by Slovenian goalkeeper Samir Handanovic after a penalty kick by “Madeira missile” himself.

Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku responded with the equalizer, in the 35th minute, scoring from a penalty kick.

And Colombian Juan Cuadrado put the hosts ahead again, by scoring their second goal in the calculated second minute, instead of being lost for the first half.

The “Old Lady” team received a painful blow in the 55th minute by expelling Uruguayan player Rodrigo Betancourt for obtaining a second yellow card.

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The visitors took advantage of the numerical shortfall and equalized the score again, in the 86th minute, with a “friendly fire” goal that defender Giorgio Chiellini scored with an own goal.

But Cuadrado, the undisputed star of the match, came back and grabbed Juve’s precious winner, in the 88th minute, which he scored from a penalty kick that he got himself.

Inter Milan completed the match with ten men after the expulsion of its Croatian player, Marcelo Brozovic, when the match was breathing its last at the “Giuseppe Meazza” stadium in Milan.

Juventus raised its score after this victory to 75 points, and advanced to third place on the ladder of the “Calcio” League, waiting for the results of the rest of the matches of this round, especially the matches of Milan and Napoli, who are fighting for the remaining two qualifying cards for the Champions League next season.

On the other hand, he sits at the top with 88 points, and decided the competition for the championship title several rounds ago, putting an end to the dominance of Juventus over the past nine seasons.

Source: RT


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