Juventus v Internazionale Live Commentary & Result, 07/12/2018, Serie A

37′ Fantastic save by Handanovic! The resulting set-piece is curled right on to the head of Chiellini, who meets it well and forces Handanovic into making a brilliant diving stop at the near post.

36′ What a block by Brozovic! Dybala heads down the left-hand side of the visitors’ penalty area and cuts the ball back to Bentancur. It looks as if the midfielder is going to fire Juventus into the lead, but Brozovic is there to deflect his first-time striker behind for a corner.

35′ De Sciglio sends another good ball into the heart of the Inter box and manages to find Mandzukic. It’s sent slightly behind the striker, but he does well to force Handanovic into making a diving save with his downward header.

33′ It’s end to end stuff at the moment, with both sides enjoying periods on the front foot before being forced to retreat. Inter have been the better of the two sides inside the final third of the pitch but really need to start making their chances count.

31′ Chance for Perisic! Inter come back once again, with Politano causing problems out wide before sending a low cross towards Perisic. The Croatian immediately shoots but is accidentally put off by Icardi and sends his effort well wide of the goal.

30′ Gagliardini hits the post! Inter pull off a sensational attacking move as Politano cuts inside from the right wing and picks out Icardi inside the penalty area. The Argentine quickly knocks the ball back to Gagliardini, who only has Szczesny to beat but hits the post with his slightly scuffed effort.

28′ De Sciglio receives the ball over on the right flank and whips a dangerous cross on to the head of Dybala. The Argentine tries to nod the ball over to Mandzukic at the far post, but Vrsaljko is just about able to reach the ball first.

26′ Inter continue to put pressure on Juventus as the home side drop back slightly. Vrsaljko heads down the right wing once again and this time sends a cross into the box, but it can only find the head of De Sciglio.

24′ Skriniar is quickly able to return to the pitch and rejoin the action. Inter try to push forward after enjoying a decent spell of possession but Vrsaljko isn’t able to find a way past Cancelo.

23′ Ronaldo takes on Skriniar deep down the left flank and looks to have got the better of the defender, but he ends up conceding a free kick after catching him on the nose. It’s left the Slovakian a little bloody and in need of treatment on the touchline.

21′ Perisic gets himself into a good position out wide and sends another dangerous cross into the penalty area, but once again Icardi can’t quite reach the ball and it sails into Szczesny’s hands.

19′ Ronaldo skips down the left wing and towards the visitors’ box, where Vrsaljko is just about able to dispossess the Portuguese and poke the ball behind for a corner. Pjanic’s cross is poorly hit, though, and it fails to beat the first man.

17′ Vital header by Chiellini! A lofted pass is fired down the left flank and picks out Perisic. The Croatian immediately sends a looping cross into the box and towards Icardi, who is waiting to test Szczesny from close range but is beaten to the ball by Chiellini.

15′ The hosts move the ball around well as they try to find a way into the Inter penalty area. Ronaldo cuts inside and sets up Matuidi, who stretches as he tries to latch on to it and ends up catching Gagliardini with a late challenge.

13′ Juventus are enjoying plenty of possession after managing to weather an early storm. De Sciglio is the latest player to push forward before sending a cross into the box, but it’s underhit and easily blasted away.

11′ Juventus cause problems from the corner, with Inter just about managing to clear the danger before Cancelo sends a cross back into the penalty area. It finds Chiellini, who then sends his header high and wide.

10′ Dybala goes close again! Inter are caught out at the back, with Brozovic sending the ball straight to Dybala. The forward takes a quick touch and shoots, but Handanovic is just about able to tip the shot behind for a corner.

8′ Chance for Juventus! Ronaldo cuts inside from out wide and gets the better of Politano before firing a wonderful cross into the middle of the box. It manages to pick out Dybala, but the Argentine ends up sending his headed effort over the crossbar.

6′ It’s early in the game but the referee has already reached for the yellow card. It’s Pjanic who finds himself on the receiving end after clumsily catching Mario from behind.

4′ The resulting set-piece is curled into a dangerous position inside the penalty area, but Szczesny is able to punch the ball away from danger before the referee signals that it went out of play on its way towards the goalkeeper.

3′ After an even start to the game, it’s Inter who push forward on the first decent attack of the evening. They work the ball around well before Asamoah whips in a cross, and Mario then fires a deflected shot behind for a corner.

1′ We’re off! It’s Juventus who get us underway.

The two sides are making their way out onto the pitch, with just a few minutes to go until kick-off.

Since his first league appearance against Juventus in January 2013, Icardi has scored eight goals against the Bianconeri. During that time, only six Serie A teams have scored more against the Old Lady than the Argentine striker.

Meanwhile, Inter boss Luciano Spalletti has made four alterations to the team that featured in their last outing, with D’Ambrosio, De Vrij, Valero and Balde making way for Vrsaljko, Miranda, Gagliardini and Politano, respectively.

Massimiliano Allegri has decided to make just one change to the Juventus side that took to the field against Fiorentina last weekend, with Pjanic coming into the starting line-up to replace Cuadrado.

Inter substitutes: Stefan de Vrij, Matias Vecino, Lautaro Martinez, Keita Balde, Andrea Ranocchia, Borja Valero, Daniele Padelli, Danilo D’Ambrosio, Antonio Candreva.

Inter XI (4-2-3-1): Samir Handanovic; Sime Vrsaljko, Milan Skriniar, Joao Miranda, Kwadwo Asamoah; Roberto Gagliardini, Marcelo Brozovic; Matteo Politano, Joao Mario, Ivan Perisic; Mauro Icardi.

Juventus substitutes: Medhi Benatia, Douglas Costa, Juan Cuadrado, Carlo Pinsoglio, Mattia Perin, Emre Can, Daniele Rugani, Federico Bernardeschi, Leonardo Spinazzola.

Juventus XI (4-3-3): Wojciech Szczesny; Mattia De Sciglio, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Joao Cancelo; Rodrigo Bentancur, Miralem Pjanic, Blaise Matuidi; Paulo Dybala, Mario Mandzukic, Cristiano Ronaldo.

There’s just over 15 minutes left to go until kick-off, so let’s have a look at how the two teams will be lining up this evening…

According to Opta, Juventus have won 81 times against Inter in Serie A history – more than they have against any other opponent. They’ve also lost only one of their last 18 top-tier fixtures played on a Friday night (W10 D7), although that defeat came against the Nerazzurri back in April 2010.

It’s currently over six years since Inter last won away against Juventus, although they went close to doing so the last time the two sides met back in April. Two late goals resulted in the 10 men of the Nerazzurri losing by the narrowest of margins, meaning on only one occasion in the last six editions of the Derby d’Italia have they stopped their rivals from leaving with all three points.

Inter have enjoyed a decent opening few months themselves and currently sit third in the table, although they head to the Allianz Stadium with one victory from five games after a tricky period. That’s particularly been the case on the road, where they’ve only managed to beat Lazio since getting the better of struggling SPAL at the start of October.

The Derby d’Italia rarely fails to entertain, and tonight’s game promises to be a thoroughly exciting affair. Juventus have been ruthless in their efficiency but it hasn’t been entirely plain sailing for the reigning champions. Genoa held them to a frustrating 1-1 draw in October before Manchester United left Turin victorious in what is so far their only defeat in any competition this season.

14 games into the season and Juventus are yet to lose in Serie A, comfortably putting them at the top of the table and, even at this relatively early stage of the campaign, on course for an eighth consecutive title. They already sit eight points clear of nearest challengers Napoli and could extend their lead even further with a victory against their great rivals tonight.

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of today’s Serie A game between Juventus and Inter at the Allianz Stadium.

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