Juventus rally late for dramatic win against 10-man Inter Milan
Inter Milan 2 - 3 Juventus

Juventus rally late for dramatic win against 10-man Inter Milan

29/04/2018

Juventus produced a stunning late show to beat 10-man Inter Milan 3-2 and get their Serie A title push back on track.

Juve saw their gap at the top of the league cut to one point when they lost to Napoli last weekend and they were heading for another shock defeat after Mauro Icardi's effort and a Andrea Barzagli own goal put Inter within touching distance of a fine win.

But Massimiliano Allegri's men, who led early on through Douglas Costa's opener, refused to give up and drew level in the 87th minute through Juan Cuadrado and then two minutes later won it thanks to Gonzalo Higuain's header.

The three points, which have to be considered a bonus, means they are now four ahead of second-placed Napoli, who play Fiorentina on Sunday.

Inter battled bravely, having been forced to play most of the game with 10 men after Matias Vecino was sent off after a horrible challenge on Mario Mandzukic.

Keen to assert themselves in the pursuit of a seventh title in a row, Juve took the early ascendancy and led in the 13th minute.

Costa found himself in space at the far post and drilled a low shot across goal and into the bottom corner.

Just five minutes later Inter's plight got a lot worse as they were reduced to 10 men.

Vecino was deservedly sent for an early bath when he stamped on Mandzukic's shin, though the referee Daniele Orsato needed VAR to make the decision to brandish the red.

It looked like it had got even worse for the hosts in first-half injury-time when Blaise Matuidi blasted home a loose ball, with Orsato awarding the goal.

However, after strong Inter protests, the referee consulted the replays which showed Matuidi had clearly come back from an offside position.

But Luciano Spalletti's men rallied and found themselves level seven minutes after the restart.

Icardi climbed highest from Joao Cancelo's inviting free kick to head home his 27th goal of the campaign.

The turnaround was complete 13 minutes later as Ivan Perisic found space on the left and his fierce cross was turned into his own net by the helpless Barzagli.

Juve launched an attempt to get back into the game and Paulo Dybala almost found a leveller as his 20-yard free kick was arrowing towards the top corner until Samir Handanovic superbly tipped the ball over.

Cuadrado brought them level with three minutes of normal time remaining when his shot deflected home from an acute angle and -- just two minutes later -- Higuain sparked incredible scenes of celebration when he headed home a free-kick.

Related news

Gonzalo Higuain scores his first for AC Milan in draw with Cagliari

Gonzalo Higuain scores his first for AC Milan in draw with Cagliari

Argentina forward Gonzalo Higuain scored his first goal for AC Milan to earn them a 1-1 draw at Cagliari.

Cristiano Ronaldo ends goal drought as Juventus beat Sassuolo to continue winning run

Cristiano Ronaldo ends goal drought as Juventus beat Sassuolo to continue winning run

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goals for Juventus as they beat Sassuolo 2-1 to continue their perfect start to the Serie A season.

Lorenzo Insigne goal helps Napoli exact revenge on Fiorentina

Lorenzo Insigne goal helps Napoli exact revenge on Fiorentina

Napoli exorcised some of the ghosts of last season by beating Fiorentina 1-0 in Serie A action on Saturday.

Federico Dimarco strikes as Parma edge out-of-form Inter Milan at San Siro

Federico Dimarco strikes as Parma edge out-of-form Inter Milan at San Siro

Just three years after going bankrupt, Parma returned to winning ways in Serie A with a surprise 1-0 win over Inter Milan at San Siro.

Napoli humbled at Sampdoria after Ancelotti tinkers

Napoli humbled at Sampdoria after Ancelotti tinkers

Serie A title hopefuls Napoli were thumped 3-0 at Sampdoria on Sunday after coach Carlo Ancelotti tinkered with the team, dropping captain Marek Hamsik and forward Jose Callejon.

Cristiano Ronaldo fails to score again as Juventus edge Parma

Cristiano Ronaldo fails to score again as Juventus edge Parma

Cristiano Ronaldo was left waiting for his first Juventus goal after drawing another blank as the titleholders won 2-1 at Parma in Serie A on Saturday to maintain their 100 percent record.

Radja Nainggolan scores on debut as Inter claim first league win of season

Radja Nainggolan scores on debut as Inter claim first league win of season

Radja Nainggolan scored on his delayed Inter Milan debut to set them on the way to their first win of the season on Saturday as they beat Bologna 3-0 away in Serie A.

Patrick Cutrone scores late, VAR disallows two goals in eventful AC Milan win

Patrick Cutrone scores late, VAR disallows two goals in eventful AC Milan win

A late stoppage-time goal by substitute Patrick Cutrone gave AC Milan a 2-1 home win over Roma in an electrifying Serie A clash on Friday and eased the pressure on manager Gennaro Gattuso.

Troubled Inter Milan squander two-goal lead in Torino draw

Troubled Inter Milan squander two-goal lead in Torino draw

Inter seemed to be in absolute control, but fumbled a 2-0 lead and risked losing the game against a plucky Torino.

RELATED NEWS

Gonzalo Higuain scores his first for AC Milan in draw with Cagliari
Cagliari 1 - 1 AC Milan

Gonzalo Higuain scores his first for AC Milan in draw with Cagliari

Argentina forward Gonzalo Higuain scored his first goal for AC Milan to earn them a 1-1 draw at Cagliari.

Cristiano Ronaldo ends goal drought as Juventus beat Sassuolo to continue winning run
Juventus 2 - 1 Sassuolo

Cristiano Ronaldo ends goal drought as Juventus beat Sassuolo to continue winning run

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goals for Juventus as they beat Sassuolo 2-1 to continue their perfect start to the Serie A season.

Lorenzo Insigne goal helps Napoli exact revenge on Fiorentina
Napoli 1 - 0 Fiorentina

Lorenzo Insigne goal helps Napoli exact revenge on Fiorentina

Napoli exorcised some of the ghosts of last season by beating Fiorentina 1-0 in Serie A action on Saturday.

Federico Dimarco strikes as Parma edge out-of-form Inter Milan at San Siro
Inter Milan 0 - 1 Parma

Federico Dimarco strikes as Parma edge out-of-form Inter Milan at San Siro

Just three years after going bankrupt, Parma returned to winning ways in Serie A with a surprise 1-0 win over Inter Milan at San Siro.

Napoli humbled at Sampdoria after Ancelotti tinkers
Sampdoria 3 - 0 Napoli

Napoli humbled at Sampdoria after Ancelotti tinkers

Serie A title hopefuls Napoli were thumped 3-0 at Sampdoria on Sunday after coach Carlo Ancelotti tinkered with the team, dropping captain Marek Hamsik and forward Jose Callejon.

Cristiano Ronaldo fails to score again as Juventus edge Parma
Parma 1 - 2 Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo fails to score again as Juventus edge Parma

Cristiano Ronaldo was left waiting for his first Juventus goal after drawing another blank as the titleholders won 2-1 at Parma in Serie A on Saturday to maintain their 100 percent record.

Radja Nainggolan scores on debut as Inter claim first league win of season
Bologna 0 - 3 Inter

Radja Nainggolan scores on debut as Inter claim first league win of season

Radja Nainggolan scored on his delayed Inter Milan debut to set them on the way to their first win of the season on Saturday as they beat Bologna 3-0 away in Serie A.

Patrick Cutrone scores late, VAR disallows two goals in eventful AC Milan win
AC Milan 2 - 1 Roma

Patrick Cutrone scores late, VAR disallows two goals in eventful AC Milan win

A late stoppage-time goal by substitute Patrick Cutrone gave AC Milan a 2-1 home win over Roma in an electrifying Serie A clash on Friday and eased the pressure on manager Gennaro Gattuso.

Troubled Inter Milan squander two-goal lead in Torino draw
Inter 2 - 2 Torino

Troubled Inter Milan squander two-goal lead in Torino draw

Inter seemed to be in absolute control, but fumbled a 2-0 lead and risked losing the game against a plucky Torino.

DERBY OF THE WEEK
-
Derby of the week
20:45
31/12/2018
Derby of the week
W -    
   W -
The odds are correct at the time of publishing
- and are subject to change
Football Live Scores
Tennis Live Scores