Juventus vs Inter Milan: 10-man Juve beat Inter in thriller

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Juventus kept their UEFA Champions League qualification hopes alive on Saturday as they beat Inter Milan. Cristiano Ronaldo scored on the rebound after his spot-kick was saved. Juan Cuadrado added a double, despite being down to 10-man. 

Playing the majority of the second half with ten players, Andrea Pirlo’s side moved into fourth place. They have one game left. However, if Napoli defeats Fiorentina on Sunday, they will relegate the Turin club back to fifth place.

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Juventus vs Inter Milan

In a game dominated by VAR rulings, both teams were given penalties in the first period. Ronaldo’s rebound gave Juventus the lead, and Inter’s Romelu Lukaku converted his penalty shortly after.

Juve took the lead just before halftime thanks to a deflected Cuadrado ball. But the hosts were limited to ten men early in the second half. Rodrigo Bentancur was sent off for a second yellow card.

Inter equalised with a Giorgio Chiellini own goal, and Cuadrado scored the game-winning penalty in the 88th minute. But Marcelo Brozovic was sent off for a second booking for the visitors.

In the 70th minute, Alvaro Morata came on to substitute Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo had not been substituted since November 10, 2019 against AC Milan.

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Cuadrado told Sky Italia, “It was a difficult game against a great team like Inter. Even with a man down, we had to get the job done, make sacrifices, and I think that we got the result as a team.”

“Winning was important to still have hope. We had an obligation to carry out our objective and we managed to win, despite some difficulties,” Pirlo told Sky Italia.

“We would not be talking about a fight for fourth place if we had always had the same determination as in the last few games.

“But when you are playing for fourth place on the last day of the season it means that something is missing: we lost too many points, especially in games that were easier on paper.”