Inter emerged victorious from a throbbing, packed Juventus Stadium. 3-1 the final score with two from Milito and one from Palacio, after the Bianconeri had taken an early lead with a goal that should have been disallowed for offside and Lichtsteiner was inexplicably spared a second yellow.
The first half was just 18 seconds old when Vidal put the Old Lady in front. However, the Chilean was set up by Asamoah, who received the ball in an offside position that went unnoticed by the match officials. After Cambiasso had twice taken aim without success, Palacio thought he had headed Inter level in the 12th minute, only for the linesman’s offside flag to deny him. Cassano then curled an effort inches wide as the Nerazzurri probed for an equaliser. Meanwhile Handanovic was doing his job well down the other end and the teams went in at the break with the score at 1-0.
Inter came out from the dressing rooms with renewed vigour as they set out on the hunt for the goal they deserved. It came just before the hour mark: Marchisio held Milito back inside the box, the Prince dusted himself off and buried the spot kick past Buffon. The comeback was complete after 75 minutes when newly entered substitute Guarin drew a save out of the Bianconeri No.1 with a stinging drive and Milito was on hand to tuck home the rebound. The third came on the counter with Nagatomo doing superbly to maintain possession under pressure before threading through for Palacio to finish.
The Nerazzurri remain in second but move up to 27 points, one less than the Bianconeri, whose 49-game unbeaten run is now over. (via inter.it)
Read my opinion on this historic victory for the Nerazzurri in my article on ESPN FC – Inter show real charater to stop Juve in their tracks
With Inter hot on the Bianconeri trail, both teams are going to be raring to go and giving it their all. Juve’s last game against Bologna was a bit of a shaky one, with only sealing the win in the dying embers of the game through Paul Pogba. This win stretched their record to 49 games unbeaten, But as we all know, the more you stretch something, the more likely it will break, and hopefully we can deliver this final blow.
I must admit I did not manage to see us play Sampdoria last night but I did get all the updates thanks to the team on Twitter and it sounded like a great game to watch. With Inter apparently dominating most of the game, but with a lapse in concentration from Samuel and Ranocchia allowed Munari to tap home from point blank. We cannot afford to make these mistakes against a team who is high on confidence and top of the league, so however Stramaccioni decides to set up his team on Saturday, everyone will have to give 110% to ensure we can get the result we all want.
As for predictions, well I really cannot guess which way this game is going to go, and it really will come down to which team is in the best frame of mind when they step out onto the pitch. The line-up meanwhile is another thing no one can guess, as Stramaccioni has shown us throughout this season, he can field a number of different formations. If I had to guess I would say he will go with a back three as this is when we play our best defensively, going with Ranocchia, Samuel and Juan Jesus. I personally would go for a four man midfield, starting from left I would choose Nagatomo, Cambiasso, Guarin and Zanetti and the Tridente up top. As for Sneijder, there are still doubts about his fitness and i doubt Stramaccioni will risk him playing from the start and could possibly see him make his comeback from the bench, hopefully once we have gained a comfortable lead, fingers crossed.
For a bit of pre-match reading why not check out Don Nerazzurri’s article on ESPN FC – Derby d’Italia – The infamous Inter – Juventus rivalry
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Inter’s week 29 2011/12 Serie A match away for the first time at the new Juventus stadium didn’t end as I was hoping it would. Even though I knew our chances in this match were slim at best, considering the difference in form this season between the Bianconeri and the Nerazzurri, I still held on to that faint glimmer of hope that Inter could be the first team this season to hand our old enemy a defeat.
Of course that was asking too much of Claudio Ranieri and our aged team and even though we didn’t manage to beat them we did put up a good fight and make them work hard for their win.
Ranieri opted for his 4-4-2 formation for the game with just two changes from the squad that flopped against Atalanta last week, bringing in Dejan Stankovic in place of Esteban Cambiasso and Diego Forlan partnering Diego Milito instead of Giampaolo Pazzini. New boy Fredy Guarin made another step towards his debut and was picked to sit on the bench as one of the back up brigade.
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With the ‘Derby d’Italia’ approaching this weekend I thought it would be fitting to publish and update an article I wrote a couple years back when Nerazzurri World was just a Facebook page and Don Nerazzurri was an unknown Interisti from England trying to share my passion for the mighty ‘il Biscione’! Anyone that has read my tweets or knows me will know that like the majority of Interista I have a deep seeded hatred for both Juventus and also their fans (Collectively I like to refer to them as JuveScum), though it is this depth of feeling that for me makes the Inter v Juve fixtures the highlight of the season.
So how did the rivalry start?
The animosity between Inter and Juve is by no means a recent thing, the two most successful clubs in Italy have a long history of rivalry – at least some 50 years of it, though no one knows for definite what started it, most think that the rivalry goes back to the 1960/1 campaign and the famous 9-1 Juventus win. The story goes that second-place Inter came to Turin in April of 1961 to take on first place Juventus. Inter were only four points behind and had already beaten Juve 3-1 earlier that season in Milan. Unfortunately, so many fans turned up for the game (far more than the stadium could hold), that about 5,000 fans spilled out of the stands to watch the game from the sidelines, some even making their way onto the Inter bench. Despite this, the game started as planned but half an hour into the first half, the referee ordered the game abandoned because of the Juventus supporters on the pitch. According to the rules, Inter was awarded a 2-0 win (Juventus was a awarded a win under similar circumstances a couple years previous to this ruling).