A season of horrors keeps getting worse for Inter. The latest bad result came at the hands of their archrival, Juventus. The Nerazzurri sit just a point ahead of the relegation zone after their latest loss.
The match started brightly for Inter, and they created some good initial pressure on the Juventus goal. After 12 minutes, though, Juventus took the lead against the run of play. The goal came after Alessandro Matri’s initial shot was saved, but Mirko Vucinic was on hand to tap home the rebound. Juventus then took the game by the scruff of the neck and right away had a glorious chance to make it two, but Matri pulled his shot just wide.
Inter were able to settle down and climbed back into the match. Maicon equalized with a hard shot that deflected off Leonardo Bonucci and in. The crowd at the San Siro erupted, and Inter surged on, looking to take the lead. They were unlucky not to go in front after Maicon sent in a beautiful cross, and Pazzini got on to the end of it. Pazzini’s header beat Buffon, but not the crossbar.
Just two minutes later, Inter were hit with another sucker punch. Juventus regained the lead after a beautiful combination play set up Claudio Marchisio. He neatly tucked the ball past Castellazzi inside the right post.
Juventus came close to doubling their lead after 40 minutes. Marchisio inexplicably found himself unmarked as he ran through the center of the Inter defense. He received a through ball and was in clear on goal with only Castellazzi to beat. His shot, though, was well wide.
However, as the shot was going wide, he was kicked in the back of the legs by Castellazzi. The official, Nicola Rizzoli, somehow missed it and denied Juventus what should have been a clear penalty.
In the second half, there would be no scoring and very few clear-cut chances, as Juventus defended brilliantly.
In the 67th minute came another controversial moment. Arturo Vidal lay on the ground with an injury, but the Nerazzurri didn’t play the ball out. Andrea Pirlo decided that he was going to stop the match by wildly kicking Wesley Sneijder in the back of the legs. Rizzoli, who had a very poor match, got this decision wrong as well. He gave Pirlo a yellow, when he should have been sent off. Nevertheless, Juventus went on to victory and sit on top of the table with 19 points.
Due to the awful start that Inter have made, they may well be out of the title race already. They are 11 points off the top of the table and have only won two matches in Serie A. At least for the Nerazzurri, they can turn their attention away from the Serie A for a couple days and focus on the Champions League. In their next match, they play Lille in the return match at home, where they look to stay on top of their group.