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Juventus edge Inter Milan in thriller to stay in top-four race

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Columbia’s Juan Cuadrado scored twice as Juventus kept their Champions League qualification hopes alive with a 3-2 “Derby of Italy” victory over Serie A champions Inter Milan on Saturday despite playing most of the second half with a man down.

The result lifted Andrea Pirlo’s side into fourth place with one game
remaining, level on 75 points with AC Milan in third.

However, Napoli will knock the Turin club back into fifth if they beat Fiorentina on Sunday and Milan will be assured of a top-four finish if they beat Cagliari, thanks to their better head-to-head record against Juve.

“It was a difficult game against a great team like Inter. Even with a man down, we had to get the job done, make sacrifices, and I think that we got the result as a team,” Cuadrado said.

Both sides were awarded first-half penalties in a game dominated by VAR decisions.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored on the rebound to put Juve ahead after his spot-kick was saved, and Romelu Lukaku scored his penalty for Inter soon after.

Juve regained the lead on the brink of halftime through a deflected Cuadrado strike, but the hosts were reduced to 10 men early in the second half when Rodrigo Bentancur picked up a second yellow.

Inter drew level through a Giorgio Chiellini own goal and Cuadrado responded with the winning penalty in the 88th minute.

There was still time for Marcelo Brozovic to be sent off for the visitors for a second booking.

 

Vincent Paul

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