Italian Serie A
Inter MilanInter Milan2JuventusJuventus3

Inter Milan 2-3 Juventus

Higuain scores
Higuain ended his longest run without a goal in Italian football with the late winner

Serie A leaders Juventus scored twice in the last three minutes to secure a dramatic win over 10-man Inter Milan and maintain control of the title race.

With just one minute remaining, the destination of the title looked to be in Napoli's hands, but Gonzalo Higuain headed home the winner for Juve.

He struck moments after Juan Cuadrado had levelled, as Inter overturned Douglas Costa's opener through Mauro Icardi and an Andrea Barzagli own goal.

Juve are now four points clear.

Napoli - who have four games to play - can reduce the deficit to one if they win at Fiorentina on Sunday. But the manner of this Juve win could stun their challengers as the defending champions appeared to have thrown away the lead despite having a one-man advantage for over 75 minutes.

Serie A top two
Juventus are closing in on a seventh-straight league title

Juve's incredible late show

Juventus had lost control of the title race until Higuain scored
Juventus had lost control of the title race until Higuain scored

"I think football was the winner, as we saw two teams battle it out to the end," said Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri afterwards.

As the clock ran down, Juventus' six-year grip on Serie A seemed to be weakening with Napoli closing in on a first title since 1990.

Such was the joy prompted by Higuain's goal, Allegri was sent to the stands for trying to calm his players' wild celebrations after the winner.

He had called for his side to be more physical and streetwise after a last-minute defeat by Napoli last week but they took their foot off the gas after Matias Vecino was dismissed by the video assistant referee (VAR) for a tackle on Mario Mandzukic.

Blaise Matuidi thought he had doubled the lead before half-time, only for the VAR to correctly rule offside.

From that moment, Inter came alive, with Icardi glancing a header home for his 27th goal of the season and fine play by Ivan Perisic rewarded when Barzagli turned in.

Juve looked shocked when they trailed through Andrea Barzagli's own goal but the defender celebrated wildly with Gianluigi Buffon after the winner
Juve looked shocked when they trailed through Andrea Barzagli's own goal but the defender celebrated wildly with Gianluigi Buffon after the winner

Defeat comes at a great cost to Inter, who are a point outside the top four, with fourth-placed Lazio holding a game in hand.

Goalkeeper Samir Handanovic looked to offer resistance as Juve pressed late on - saving brilliantly from a Paulo Dybala free-kick - but he could do nothing as Cuadrado drove the equaliser from a narrow angle.

Both Inter and Napoli may feel aggrieved the already booked Miralem Pjanic was not dismissed for a heavy challenge in the second-half but he survived, as did Juve, just, thanks to Higuain's dramatic close-range finish.

Higuain had gone 716 minutes without a goal - his longest drought in Italian football - but could not have picked a better time to end it.

The Serie A run-in...

v Fiorentina (a) 29 April
v Bologna (h) 5 Mayv Torino (h) 6 May
v Roma (a) 13 Mayv Sampdoria (a) 13 May
v Hellas Verona (h) 20 Mayv Crotone (h) 20 May


Inter Milan

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Handanovic
  • 7Cancelo
  • 37Skriniar
  • 25Miranda
  • 33D'AmbrosioBooked at 58minsSubstituted forKaramohat 90+4'minutes
  • 11VecinoBooked at 18mins
  • 77BrozovicBooked at 88mins
  • 87Candreva
  • 8RafinhaSubstituted forValero Iglesiasat 81'minutes
  • 44Perisic
  • 9IcardiSubstituted forSantonat 85'minutes


  • 2López
  • 13Ranocchia
  • 17Karamoh
  • 20Valero Iglesias
  • 21Santon
  • 23Éder
  • 27Padelli
  • 29Chagas Estevao
  • 46Berni
  • 99Pinamonti


Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Buffon
  • 7Ju CuadradoBooked at 5mins
  • 24Rugani
  • 15BarzagliBooked at 45mins
  • 12Lobo SilvaBooked at 77mins
  • 6KhediraSubstituted forDybalaat 61'minutes
  • 5PjanicBooked at 21minsSubstituted forBentancurat 80'minutes
  • 14Matuidi
  • 11Douglas Costa
  • 9Higuaín
  • 17MandzukicBooked at 52minsSubstituted forBernardeschiat 66'minutes


  • 3Chiellini
  • 4Benatia
  • 8Marchisio
  • 10Dybala
  • 16Pinsoglio
  • 21Höwedes
  • 22Asamoah
  • 23Szczesny
  • 26Lichtsteiner
  • 30Bentancur
  • 33Bernardeschi
Daniele Orsato

Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Inter Milan 2, Juventus 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Inter Milan 2, Juventus 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan) header from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by João Cancelo.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Miranda (Inter Milan) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Miranda with a headed pass.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Inter Milan. Yann Karamoh replaces Danilo D'Ambrosio.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Inter Milan. Milan Skriniar tries a through ball, but Danilo D'Ambrosio is caught offside.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Inter Milan 2, Juventus 3. Gonzalo Higuaín (Juventus) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Paulo Dybala with a cross following a set piece situation.

  9. Booking

    Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Post update

    Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by João Cancelo (Inter Milan).

  12. Goal!

    Own Goal by Milan Skriniar, Inter Milan. Inter Milan 2, Juventus 2.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Douglas Costa (Juventus).

  14. Post update

    Danilo D'Ambrosio (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Inter Milan. Davide Santon replaces Mauro Icardi.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gonzalo Higuaín (Juventus) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Juan Cuadrado.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Paulo Dybala (Juventus) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Inter Milan. Borja Valero replaces Rafinha.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Juventus. Rodrigo Bentancur replaces Miralem Pjanic.

  20. Booking

    Alex Sandro (Juventus) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

As It Stood

5Inter Milan351812558263266
7AC Milan34159104438654
19Hellas Verona3474232768-4125
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