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Inter Milan vs. Juventus: Score and Reaction from 2015 Serie a Match

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistOctober 18, 2015

Juventus' midfielder from France Paul Pogba (R) fights for the ball with Inter Milan's defender from Brazil Joao Miranda during the Italian Serie A football match Inter Milan vs Juventus on October18, 2015 at the San Siro Stadium stadium in Milan. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN        (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
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Inter Milan and Juventus played out a goalless draw in the Derby d'Italia, as neither of the Serie A giants could take advantage at the San Siro.

Both teams created few clear chances in the match, but the frenetic pace made it an exciting contest for fans. 

Simone Zaza replaced Paulo Dybala for the Old Lady after a disappointing start to the Serie A campaign for the Italian champions, with Claudio Marchisio also returning to the Juve starting XI.

Ivan Perisic, Mauro Icardi and Stevan Jovetic formed a sumptuous attack for the Nerazzurri as they looked to top the table ahead of pacesetters Fiorentina. 

The atmosphere was hot and loaded before kick-off, with the Inter fans taunting Juventus for their failed bid at the treble last season, as highlighted by the Associated Press' Daniella Matar:

Daniella Matar @DaniellaMatar

#Inter fans taunting #juventus about losing #UCL final in Berlin! Pic of trophy "You almost did it" #DerbyDItalia http://t.co/qlV4JQayJh

Juventus' midfielder from France Paul Pogba (R) fights for the ball with Inter Milan's midfielder from Chile Gary Medel during the Italian Serie A football match Inter Milan vs Juventus on October 18, 2015 at the San Siro Stadium stadium in Milan. AFP PHO
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Juan Cuadrado went close for the visitors early on, but the Colombian winger couldn't convert from the angle, firing at Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, who beat the effort away. 

A wave of yellow cards then broke out as three players ended up in the referee's book, with Juve's Claudio Marchisio and Sami Khedira and Inter's Felipe Melo all having their name taken in a four-minute spell. 

Zaza also saw yellow soon after for an overexuberant challenge, with the game threatening to turn into a disciplinary nightmare for the officials. 

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However, football blogger Michael Cox gave credit to the commitment of both sides:

Michael Cox @Zonal_Marking

Absolutely loving this Inter v Juve game. Medel and Jovetic putting Inter in charge but great performances from Buffon and Barzagli too

Both goalkeepers were rarely tested in the first half, with Jovetic going closest for the San Siro team.

However, the pace and passion was frenetic, with both teams putting their bodies on the line in an aggressive and entertaining affair.

Football writer Sergi Dominguez spoke about the influence of Jovetic as the attacker stretched the Juve back line:

Sergi Domínguez @FutbolSergi

Jovetic stand-out performer for Inter in the first half, showing strong stature. Juventus really struggling to minimise his play.

Dominguez also speculated Juve had made a selection error:

Sergi Domínguez @FutbolSergi

Zaza has been substandard so far. Dybala needs to come on as soon as possible.

MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 18:  Sami Khedira (R) of Juventus FC is challenged by Felipe Melo (L) of FC Internazionale Milano during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale Milano and Juventus FC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 18, 2015 in Milan, Ital
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The teams went into the break goalless, but not before Melo appeared to clash with Khedira, with both players on a booking. The challenge from the Brazilian on the German international was late, but the referee waved for play to continue. 

Juventus were positive in the opening minutes of the second half, with Cuadrado once again involved with his team's most expansive play. 

Inter had slipped into their shell, inviting the Bianconeri onto them, but a quick break by the productive Jovetic almost caught the champions sleeping. 

Blogger Samuel Jay C tipped his hat to Juve's legendary stopper for keeping the score goalless:

Sam @samuelJayC

Buffon with some fine saves for Juventus tonight. Still 0-0 after an hour. #SerieA

Juventus' defender from Italy Andrea Barzagli (L) fights for the ball with Inter Milan's forward from Argentina Mauro Icardi during the Italian Serie A football match Inter Milan vs Juventus on October 18, 2015 at the San Siro Stadium stadium in Milan. AF
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Juventus' heads were in their hands after 68 minutes as Khedira failed to convert from 10 yards, stroking his effort against the post and away. 

Alvaro Morata kept the ball alive in the box and laid the chance on for the German, who should have scored for his side. 

Paul Pogba began to get a grip on proceedings as the second half progressed into the final 20 minutes, with the Frenchman carrying the ball and attacking the Inter defence with intent after a quiet match. 

The hosts were on the back foot for the final moments of the encounter, with Juve the aggressor against an increasingly passive Inter.

But despite a strong rally in the closing stages, Juve could not break the deadlock as Inter sat and accepted a share of the points.

Post-Match Reaction

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Inter coach Roberto Mancini was satisfied with his team's work on Sunday night, highlighting the depth of character they showed as Juve held them to a draw, per the club's official website:

I’m satisfied because the guys showed character. It wasn’t easy, especially because we had five or six players back late from international duty. Juventus didn’t have many chances and neither did we, so 0-0 is a fair result. Perhaps we struggled a bit more in the second half and we should have stayed higher up the pitch, but these are difficult matches and we know we still need to improve.

Inter now travel to Palermo in Serie A on Oct. 24, while Juventus will face Atalanta at home in the league on Oct. 25. 

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