Cuadrado strikes as Juventus down Inter

Juventus extended their lead at the top of the Serie A table to six points after their 1-0 victory over Internazionale at the Juventus Stadium on Sunday.

  • Juventus 1 Inter Milan 0
  • Cuadrado scores on stroke of HT
  • Perisic sent off in 2nd-half stoppage-time
  • Juve hold out for 18th win of the season
  • Inter miss chance to go fourth place

Match summary

Juan Cuadrado goal on the stroke half-time was the difference between the two sides in the Derby Italia as a spectacular strike was needed to break the in-form Samir Handanovic.

Full report

Stefano Pioli's side had their Slovenian goalkeeper to thank for the respectable scoreline after impressive saves against Paulo Dybala early on, in the pulsating affair.

Portugal international midfielder Joao Mario almost broke the deadlock mid-way through the half as his fierce shot went just over Gianluigi Buffon's cross bar as the end-to-end action thrilled both sets of fans.

Nonetheless, Colombian winger Cuadrado's goal on the brink if half-time proved to be a strike worthy of winning any football match.

The on-loan Chelsea man ran onto a loose ball after the Inter defence failed to clear a corner and unleashed a thumping effort into the top corner – leaving Handanovic with no chance.

Handanovic pulled off a string of impressive saves in the second-half keeping the visitors in the game before their side ended the fixture with ten men.

Ivan Perišic saw a straight red for violent conduct a minute before time, as Massimiliano Allegri's side further staked their claim for a sixth successive Scuedtto.