Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus inflicted a first defeat of the season on Inter Milan in Serie A after leaving the San Siro Stadium with a 2-1 win on Sunday.
Ronaldo was heavily involved in the winning goal, combining with Rodrigo Bentancur to setup substitute Gonzalo Higuain for an 80th-minute winner after Lautaro Martinez had scored from the penalty spot to answer Paulo Dybala’s opener for the visitors.
The result has sent the Bianconeri to the top of the table and ruined Inter boss Antonio Conte’s first match against his former club.
Juve’s positive lineup, featuring Ronaldo and Dybala up top with Federico Bernardeschi positioned behind, was rewarded with an early goal when Dybala converted a low shot in the fourth minute.
The finish emboldened the visitors, who poured forward in numbers, moving the ball imaginatively and at pace. Ronaldo went close on nine minutes when he drifted in from the left and crashed a shot off the bar.
Inter were showing signs of nerves, but a mistake at the back helped them get back into the game. Matthijs de Ligt was flagged for handball, and the video assistant referee confirmed the infraction along with the award of a penalty to Martinez.
The Argentinian made no mistake from the spot to continue a prolific recent run. Signed from Racing Club in 2018, Martinez has been gaining admirers for his all-action displays:
Filed by: Theresah Mensah.