Italian Serie A
Inter Milan2Juventus3

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...

JuventusNapoli
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

Line-ups

Inter Milan

  • 1Handanovic
  • 7Cavaco Cancelo
  • 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

Substitutes

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

Juventus

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

Substitutes

  • 3Chiellini
  • 4Benatia
  • 8Marchisio
  • 10Dybala
  • 16Pinsoglio
  • 21Höwedes
  • 22Asamoah
  • 23Szczesny
  • 26Lichtsteiner
  • 30Bentancur
  • 33Bernardeschi
Referee:
Daniele Orsato
Attendance:
78,328

Match Stats

Home TeamInter MilanAway TeamJuventus
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home10
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away8
Fouls
Home7
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Inter Milan 2, Juventus 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Inter Milan 2, Juventus 3.

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

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

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.

Substitution

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

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

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.

Booking

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

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

Foul by João Cancelo (Inter Milan).

Goal!

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

Foul by Douglas Costa (Juventus).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Inter Milan. Davide Santon replaces Mauro Icardi.

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Inter Milan. Borja Valero replaces Rafinha.

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Rodrigo Bentancur replaces Miralem Pjanic.

Booking

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

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Milan Skriniar.

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Ivan Perisic.

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Samir Handanovic.

Attempt saved. Paulo Dybala (Juventus) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Juan Cuadrado (Juventus) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan).

Attempt blocked. Miralem Pjanic (Juventus) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gonzalo Higuaín.

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Miranda.

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Samir Handanovic.

Attempt saved. Douglas Costa (Juventus) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Blaise Matuidi.

Foul by Blaise Matuidi (Juventus).

Antonio Candreva (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andrea Barzagli (Juventus).

Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Federico Bernardeschi replaces Mario Mandzukic.

Goal!

Own Goal by Andrea Barzagli, Juventus. Inter Milan 2, Juventus 1.

Attempt missed. Gonzalo Higuaín (Juventus) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alex Sandro with a through ball.

Foul by Daniele Rugani (Juventus).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Paulo Dybala replaces Sami Khedira.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus35284381225988
2Napoli34266271234884
3Roma35217759283170
4Lazio34207783434067
5Inter Milan351812558263266
6Atalanta341510952351755
7AC Milan34159104438654
8Sampdoria34156135153-251
9Fiorentina34149114738951
10Torino34111494841747
11Genoa34118152934-541
12Bologna34116173744-739
13Sassuolo34910152553-2837
14Cagliari3496193056-2633
15Udinese34103214356-1333
16Crotone3487193259-2731
17Chievo35710183157-2631
18SPAL34514153055-2529
19Hellas Verona3474232768-4125
20Benevento3452272978-4917
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