Inter Holds Serie A Summit in Thrilling Draw Against Juventus

Inter Holds Serie A Summit in Thrilling Draw Against Juventus

Lautaro Martinez ensured Inter Milan maintained their two-point lead at the top of Serie A, securing a 1-1 draw against closest rivals Juventus on Sunday.

The Argentine forward scored in the 33rd minute, capitalizing on Marcus Thuram’s low cross after impressive play from his strike partner. This goal, Martinez’s 15th in all competitions, leveled the score after Dusan Vlahovic broke a two-month scoring drought with a similar first-time finish for Juventus at the Allianz Stadium in Turin.

The draw ended Inter’s six-match winning streak across all competitions. Despite missing starting defenders Benjamin Pavard and Alessandro Bastoni, Inter handled Juventus’s predictable attacks, with both teams appearing more cautious about avoiding defeat than actively seeking victory.

The stalemate maintains Inter’s position ahead of second-placed Juventus in the title race, with Inter favorites for their 20th league Scudetto.

Simone Inzaghi’s team faces upcoming challenges with a Champions League trip to Benfica on Wednesday, followed by a crucial clash against Napoli in Naples next Sunday.

While Inter’s hierarchy has labeled Juventus as title favorites due to their lack of European commitments, Massimiliano Alegri’s side struggled to pose a significant threat beyond Vlahovic’s goal.

In another Serie A fixture, Paulo Dybala played a crucial role in Roma’s 3-1 victory over Udinese. Dybala scored the decisive second goal, breaking a goal drought since mid-September. He celebrated by silencing critics and expressed his desire to make history with Roma.

The win propelled Roma into fifth place, three points behind fourth-placed Napoli, who currently occupy the last Champions League spot. Udinese, on the other hand, finds themselves just a point above the relegation zone.

Other notable results include Empoli’s late 4-3 defeat to Sassuolo, sending them to 18th place. Cagliari moved out of the drop zone following a 1-1 draw with Monza. Ilario Monterisi’s 92nd-minute winner elevated Frosinone to 10th place, while Genoa sits in 15th after their seventh defeat of the campaign.