Inter emerged victorious in the Derby d’Italia as goals from Arturo Vidal and Nicolo Barella gave them a comfortable 2-0 victory over Juventus on Sunday night to gain the upper hand over Serie A.
The hosts took the lead within 12 minutes, with Vidal haunting his former club as he nodded at Barella’s well-placed cross. Inter maintained their advantage for the remainder of the half with Lautaro Martinez and Romelu Lukaku both missing an opportunity to extend their lead.
After the break it was more or less the same and Inter doubled their advantage when Alessandro Bastoni’s sumptuous long ball propelled Barella to goal, who then smashed it into the roof of the net.
Inter are now at the top of the Italian top flight, although city rivals Milan will regain first place if they avoid defeat in Cagliari on Monday night. Juve are fifth.
Here are your player ratings for the two San Siro teams …
Samir Handanovic (GK) – 6/10 – Beaten suddenly at first. Other than that, it was a quiet evening.
Milan Skriniar (CB) – 8/10 – A good display which characterizes the strength of his team. The HI coverage was first class.
Stefan de Vrij (CB) – 8/10 – Nothing has escaped the great Dutchman. Full time, he had recorded six clears, as well as one block and one interception.
Alessandro Bastoni (CB) – 8/10 – His assist for Barella’s goal has to be watched a few times to be truly appreciated. He also defended beautifully.
Achraf Hakimi (RWB) – 7/10 – A real nuisance for the future. Some of his crosses could have been better.
Nicolo Barella (CM) – 9/10 – Assisted Vidal’s goal with a superb floating cross. Showed his class throughout, carrying the ball through Juve’s midfielder with ease. Rewarded for his efforts with a beautiful goal.
Marcelo Brozovic (CM) – 8/10 – His positioning and pressing were big reasons for Inter midfielder’s dominance.
Arturo Vidal (CM) – 8/10 – Broke the deadlock with a well-placed header from the start. His late runs into the box were dangerous, although his tackles were a little reckless at times.
Ashley Young (LWB) – 7/10 – Not the most eye-catching show but has treated Chiesa quite well.
Romelu Lukaku (ST) – 7/10 – Spun Chiellini on several occasions and was only denied a goal by several great goalkeeper plays.
Lautaro Martinez (ST) – 6/10 – Rejected two great chances in the first half and a few more after the break. Has always been lively.
Matteo Darmian – 6/10 – Inserted and well defended.
Roberto Gagliardini – 6/10 – Full of racing.
Alexis Sanchez – 7/10 – Had a significant impact during his brief cameo.
Wojciech Szczesny (GK) – 5/10 – Beaten twice. Maybe I could have done better with the second.
Danilo (RB) – 7/10 – Juventus’ best defender and sometimes also their biggest attacking threat. A second center-half deserved better from Ronaldo.
Leonardo Bonucci (CB) – 4/10 – Slow performance. Being caught by Bastoni’s long ball was particularly worrying.
Giorgio Chiellini (CB) – 4/10 – He sometimes looked as old as he was 36. Marked Lukaku too tightly at times, allowing himself to turn around easily.
Gianluca Frabotta (LB) – 5/10 – Hakimi gave him a tough game, pushing him back and limiting his attacking threat.
Federico Chiesa (RM) – 5/10 – He did his best to shake things up, but Young defended well.
Rodrigo Bentancur (CM) – 4/10 – Overwhelmed by Inter’s smart combinations, especially in the first half.
Adrien Rabiot (CM) – 4/10 – The game passed him in the first half and he didn’t use the ball particularly well.
Aaron Ramsey (LM) – 4/10 – Had the tricky job of keeping an eye on Hakimi and Barella. He struggled with his defensive workload and, other than a few shining rare moments, offered little in the final third.
Alvaro Morata (ST) – 4/10 – Minimal impact on procedures. He was isolated, of course, but could have done more to shake things up.
Cristiano Ronaldo (ST) – 5/10 – A few half chances here and there, but nothing escaped him. When he’s not scoring he feels a bit lost.
Dejan Kulusevski – 5/10 – I struggled to make an impact.
Weston McKennie – 6/10 – Adding some energy to the Juventus midfielder after he arrived. Should have started.
Federico Bernardeschi – 5/10 – Nothing would break for him.