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Juve go top as Higuain seals win at Inter

  • Published at 05:35 am October 7th, 2019
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Juventus' Gonzalo Higuain scores during their Serie A match against Inter in Milan Sunday AFP

Juve moved top with 19 points to Inter's 18 and it was a deserved victory in an absorbing contest

Juventus ended Inter Milan's perfect record in Serie A and took over top spot as Gonzalo Higuain's superb late strike earned a 2-1 victory in the San Siro Sunday.

The Argentine striker, on as a substitute, applied a clinical finish to a flowing move in the 80th minute.

Paulo Dybala had fired Maurizio Sarri's Juve side in front after four minutes but Inter, who had won all six of their matches before Sunday's clash, levelled in the 18th minute.

Matthijs de Ligt was adjudged to have handled in the area and Lautaro Martinez converted the spot kick.

Juve moved top with 19 points to Inter's 18 and it was a deserved victory in an absorbing contest.

Inter recovered from conceding early and after equalizing could have gone ahead when Martinez forced Wojciech Szczesny into a great save with a powerful cross shot.

But Juve carved out the best chances with Cristiano Ronaldo denied by keeper Samir Handanovic and then had a goal ruled out for offside before the break.

Sarri sent on Higuain and Rodrigo Bentancur as Juve chased a winner in the second half and the changes worked wonders.

Just when it was beginning to look as if the sides would have to settle for a point, Juve worked the ball forward and, after Ronaldo and Bentancur exchanged passes, Higuain was freed to slot home the winner in lethal fashion.

Atalanta have 16 points in third after their impressive start continued with a 3-1 home victory over Lecce.

Duvan Zapata opened the scoring in the 35th minute when he punished a defensive mistake and then combined well with Alejandro Gomes who made it 2-0 before halftime.

Robin Gosens added a third early in the second half.

Fourth-placed Napoli, on 13 points, were held 0-0 at Torino while AS Roma, fifth with 12, drew 1-1 at home to Cagliari.

RESULTS

Fiorentina 1 (Milenkovic 72) Udinese 0

Roma 1 (Ceppitelli 31-og) Cagliari 1 (Pedro 26-P)

Atalanta 3 (Zapata 35, Gomez 40, Gosens 56) Lecce 1 (Lucioni 86)

Bologna 2 (Krejci 21, Palacio 31) Lazio 2 (Immobile 23, 39)

Torino 0 Napoli 0

Inter 1 (Martinez 18-P) Juventus 2 (Dybala 4, Higuain 80)