It was a great and exciting Derby d'Italia between two of Italy's most storied teams Saturday night. Sulley Muntari's goal with 17 minutes left in regular time was the difference as Inter Milan defeated rivals Juventus 1-0 at the San Siro to go four points clear of AC Milan and six ahead of Juve.
A. Manninger: 6.5 - It would have been a lot worse if not for Gigi Buffon's back up. Aside from the goal where he seemed to be cemented to the near post, the Austrian international did well to punch away Inter's crosses and did a lot of dirty work in the box.
Z. Grygera: 5.5 - You would expect better from Juve's right back. Like a lot of the players tonight, just didn't seem to be at his best and you could tell by watching his crosses fail to trouble the Inter defense.
G. Chiellini: 7.0 - The score might have been a lot worse if not for Juve's 24-year-old defensive star. As he has done all season, controlled the 50/50 balls and was the best player on the field for the Old Lady.
N. Legrottaglie: 5.5 - An off night for Chiellini's central defense partner. Couldn't trap the simplest of passes that almost gifted Ibrahimovic a goal in the first half. However, did a good job working the offsides trap to perfection.
C. Molinaro: 5.0 - Considering he had been one of Juve's most improved players during their five-game Serie A winning streak, you would've thought he would have done better Saturday night. However, he reverted back to his old ways. His crosses weren't effective at all and time and time again he passed the ball right to the other team.
M. Marchionni: 4.5 - Much like Molinaro, you would've thought that his current form would continue against Inter. Definitely was not his night and he was subbed for Camoranesi with 20 minutes to go.
M. Sissoko: 6.5 - As usual, he did all the dirty work in the center of the midfield. However, also like usual, a lot of his passes went to the wrong team. He's improving with every week, but if he wants to become one of the best midfielders in Italy, he needs to sharpen up his passing without a doubt.
Tiago: N/A - Unfortunately for the Portuguese international, who has now become a regular in Cladio Ranieri's starting XI, he picked up an injury to his left knee just two minutes in. You have to wonder what he would've done if he hadn't come out of the game considering what he had been doing in the previous weeks.
P. Nedved: 5.5 - Ran all over as usual, but didn't have the effect on the game he usually has. Couldn't really get into the flow of the game and barely was able to get the ball and send in some dangerous crosses.
A. Del Piero: 6.0 - The catalyst for Juve's revival in Serie A, Il Capitano saw his chances few and far between at the San Siro. Had a few opportunities to score, but only had one legitimate scoring chance, forcing a good save out of Julio Cesar.
Amauri: 5.0 - Absolutely absent from the derby. He was on the field, but rarely saw the ball at all. Wasn't a threat at all.
C. Marchisio: 6.5 - Thrust into the game just two minutes in when Tiago had to be taken off. Had one of Juve's best scoring chances on the night, forcing a Julio Cesar to punch the curling shot over the crossbar.
M. Camoranesi: 6.5 - Had an immediate effect on the attack when he came on for Marchionni with 20 minutes left. Getting him back at full fitness and back in the starting squad will be important if Juve want to challenge for the Scudetto.
V. Iaquinta: N/A
Julio Cesar: 7.0 - Did his job when he was called upon but was a spectator for most of the night.
Maxwell: 6.0 - Not great, but a solid from the Inter left back. Did his job shutting down Grygera and Marchionni.
M. Materazzi: 6.5 - The musical chairs in the center of the Inter defense continued and it was Materazzi's turn to show Jose Mourinho what he can do. He didn't disappoint despite being the usual bad boy picking up a card on a terrible tackle on Del Piero.
W. Samuel: 7.0 - Did a great job shutting down Amauri. Like Materazzi, picked up a card, but it didn't matter as he went in hard and did well the entire game.
Maicon: 6.5 - He caused his usual terror making runs up and down the right flank and he did the perfect guy, Cristian Molinaro, to exploit the entire game.
J. Zanetti: 6.0 - The Inter captain didn't really do much Saturday night. His leadership alone is enough to start every game and did his usual dirty work that Inter need to succeed.
Cambiasso: 7.5 - It seemed as though when Juve wanted to attack through the middle, Cambiasso was there to stop it almost every time. Did a perfect job protecting the Inter defense.
S. Muntari: 7.0 - Had two golden opportunities in the 27th and 46th minute but was the hero on the night by scoring the game-winner. Might have been in the right place at the right time, but it doesn't matter as Inter claimed all three points.
Stankovic: 7.5 - Should've opened the scoring 12 minutes in but the only thing that stopped him was the ball as he tripped over it instead of scoring it. But after that, he showed the fans why Mourinho decided to start him and was one of the best players on the field.
Adriano: 6.0 - The surprise of the night by far. After being banished by The Special One the past few weeks, all the sudden he appeared in the starting squad for maybe the most important game of the year. He a golden opportunity to score with a header in the first half, but didn't put anything behind it and didn't trouble Manninger at all.
Z. Ibrahimovic: 6.5 - You know he wanted to just shove it in Juve's face after all the press coverage he had been getting this past week. He had two glorious opportunities to score one-on-one against Manninger, but whistled them both just wide of the goal. His failure to produce in big games strikes again.
Julio Cruz: N/A; N. Burdisso: N/A; P. Vieira: N/A
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