Juventus flashes scudetto credentials with win over Inter

Juventus, the defending champions of Serie A defeated in-form Internazionale by 1-0, once again showing that the scudetto — their sixth consecutive Italian top flight title — is virtually in the bag.

28-year old Colombian Juan Cuadrado scored the only goal in the game for the Turin club, with a powerful 25-yard strike just before half-time.

But both sides had managed to serve up a brilliant showdown in the first half, with Paulo Dybala and Miralem Pjanic hitting the crossbar for the hosts, who also found Inter’s keeper, Samir Handanovic, in inspired form.

Inter also had their chances, but Juve took the lead two minutes before half-time when a corner was cleared to the edge of the area. Meeting the loose ball in his stride, fired a magnificent rising shot into the net.

While Handanovic continued his brilliant saves to keep Juve out for the rest of the game despite conceding, substitute Eder wasted Inter’s best hope of an equaliser when, with two players free, he failed to pass and ran into a crowd of defenders.

The game ended in heated arguments after Inter’s last ditch offensive effort resulted in a free-kick being awarded to Juventus and the Inter forward Ivan Perisic being sent off.

At 54 points after their 28th consecutive home league win, Juventus are on an virtually unassailable position on top of the Italian top flight — six above of second-placed Napoli with a game in hand against them, and seven above Roma — who face Fiorentina later today.

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