Inter Milan end Juventus unbeaten run before magic 50 mark

Serie A

Juventus's hopes of extending their unbeaten streak to 50 games were ended in emphatic style in a 3-1 defeat to Inter Milan in the 'Derby d'Italia'.

In 10 previous games this season Juve had conceded only five goals as they set out their stall for what looked like a successful defence of their Serie A title.

But despite opening the scoring through Chilean international Arturo Vidal in a dominant first half the Turin giants were outplayed after the interval yesterday with Diego Milito grabbing a brace and Rodrigo Palacio firing home their third in the 89th minute to reduce Inter's arrears to just one point.

Juventus came out firing on all cylinders and should have had three quick goals but it was their first-minute opener that hit the net.

A textbook attack caught Inter off guard although when Ghanaian midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah latched on to a through ball on the left the Ghanaian midfielder was a metre offside.

Officials, however, failed to spot the infringement and when he lashed the ball across the area Vidal slotted home past Samir Handanovic.

A rampant Juventus created several more chances with Mirko Vucinic failing to connect with strike partner Sebastian Giovinco's pass and then Claudio Marchisio missing two golden chances from close range for the hosts.

Inter had the ball in the net on 12 minutes after Palacio got his head to Esteban Cambassio's freekick but the Argentine striker was ruled offside.

Collecting the ball from a short corner, Antonio Cassano then shot just wide of Juve keeper Gianluigi Buffon's post as Juve's players looked on.

Although the pace had settled, tensions rose when Swiss midfielder Stephan Lichsteiner hacked down Palacio moments after being shown yellow for a high challenge which left Cambiasso on the ground in pain.

Juventus still had the momentum, however, and Asamoah launched an incisive run down the left before cutting back for Vidal but the Chilean was robbed of the ball before he could get his shot away.

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