Inter end Juve's unbeaten run at 49 matches

Sun Nov 4, 2012 8:37am GMT
 

By Terry Daley

ROME (Reuters) - Juventus's Serie A unbeaten run came to an end after 49 matches on Saturday when Diego Milito's double helped Inter Milan win 3-1 in a pulsating 'Derby of Italy' clash in Turin.

The win leaves second-placed Inter one point behind champions and league leaders Juve and is a sign that Andrea Stramaccioni's side are genuine challengers for the title.

"It hurts to lose, obviously it hurts, but it's right to give credit to Inter, who played in a very intelligent way, with a great will to win," said Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon.

"I conceded three goals without having all that much to do but that can happen against the players that Inter have, they're very good."

Juve scored straight from the kick off when Kwadwo Asamoah latched onto Mirko Vucinic's through ball and scuffed his shot into the path of Arturo Vidal, who gleefully tapped home from the edge of the six yard box after 19 seconds.

Television replays showed Asamoah was offside when he collected Vucinic's pass but the linesman's flag stayed down.

"We were caught napping for the first goal, even if it was offside, but after that we reacted and played brilliantly. We deserved to win," Milito told Sky Sport Italia.

"It was a really hard match. We knew that it would be like that, we were up against the current champions, a great team like Juventus."   Continued...

Inter Milan's Rodrigo Palacio (R) scores past Juventus' Kwadwo Asamoah during their Italian Serie A soccer match at the Juventus stadium in Turin November 3, 2012. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo
 
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