Final score

18 April 2009 20:30

46' (2nd half) Grygera
19' (2nd half) Balotelli
Referee: Stefano Farina / Linesmen: Stagnoli, Copelli / Fourth official: Stefanini
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46' Chivu hooks clear after a dangerous Juventus attack.
46' End of part one. It's 0-0 after a fast and furious first half in Turin.
45' One minute of added time.
44' Cordoba makes a headed clearance from Marchionni's cross.
43' Juve are awarded a free kick on the left wing after a foul by Zanetti on Chiellini.
43' Del Piero shoots directly at goal, forcing Julio Cesar into a punched clearance.
42' Inter hit back and win two corners in quick succession. Iaquinta heads clear Figo's left-wing cross from the second.
40' Del Piero's inswinging cross from the left is easy prey for Julio Cesar. Grygera tumbles in the box but there's no fooling Farina.
39' Back in our half, Alessandro Del Piero sees a shot deflected behind for a corner.
37' Inter up the tempo and Figo goes through on goal but Buffon moves quickly and thwarts the Portuguese.
36' Balotelli does a Cristiano Ronaldo in his attempt to get past Molinaro but the Juve defender shields the ball over the byline.
36' Yellow card number two at the Olimpico. Legrottaglie gets a caution for a foul on Ibrahimovic.
35' Balotelli controls with his chest and serves the onrushing Stankovic who rifles wide from just inside the Juve area.
31' Grygera wastes a good chance for the Bianconeri, shooting high and wide after meeting Del Piero's cross.
31' Juve close again. With a deft touch Del Piero plays through to Marchionni who tries to lift the ball over Julio Cesar, but the Brazilian had already narrowed the angle.
30' Muntari brings down Tiago just outside our area on the right wing. Farina gives a free kick.
29' Molinaro looks for the head of Grygera with a placed cross. Ibra wins the ball in his own box and concedes a corner.
28' Another chance for Juve. Nedved threads through to Iaquinta whose left-foot shot takes a deflection off Samuel. Corner.
25' Iaquinta's first-time header from a cross is easily saved by Julio Cesar.
23' At the other end Balotelli is bundled off the ball by Molinaro. Free kick to us on the right wing.
23' Mario's outswinger is headed clear by Legrottaglie.
23' Samuel volleys wide from the left edge of the Juve box.
22' Del Piero twists and turns just outside our box and floats a cross straight into the arms of Julio Cesar.
21' Juventus win a corner after Zanetti heads behind Marchionni's high cross from the right. Nothing comes of it as Inter make a comfortable clearance.
18' Figo is in acres of space as he swings in a cross from the right. Chiellini gets to the ball before Balotelli can and heads behind for a corner.
15' Grygera's header from the corner is cleared by Ibrahimovic.
14' Juve on the attack. Poulsen's shot is blocked by Samuel and Julio Cesar can't stop the ball from going behind for a corner.
10' Nedved plays long to Iaquinta, who fouls Cordoba during his run for the ball.
10' Incredible. Mario Balotelli collects a lofted pass, takes on two defenders and shoots. Buffon takes the sting out of it but the shot is goalbound. Tiago gets back and clears off the line. What a let-off for the Bianconeri.
9' Ibra, spurred on by the boos from his former fans, bursts past three down the left and delivers a cross. Chiellini intercepts and concedes a corner.
7' Nedved knees Stankovic in the face in an off-the-ball incident, judged unintentional by referee Farina.
5' Marchionni hooks wide from just outside our box after a crossfield move involving Nedved and Del Piero.
4' Muntari chops down Del Piero on the right wing, conceding a free kick in the process.
4' Del Piero's outswinging right-wing free kick is blocked and cleared by Zanetti.
3' Luis Figo gets an early yellow card for a foul from behind on Molinaro.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Olimpico in Turin for what could be the most decisive derby d'Italia in years.
1' A win here tonight will see us open up a thirteen-point lead over our arch rivals with six games of the Serie A season remaining. Thirteen will become twelve if AC Milan leapfrog the Bianconeri into second spot with a win against Torino tomorrow night.
1' Inter's players are out warming up in a hostile atmosphere with plenty of the usual boos from the home fans. That won't affect the Nerazzurri though, as Ibrahimovic told Inter Channel yesterday:
1' And that's not to mention the eggs and bottles thrown against the Inter bus as it made its way into the stadium.
1' Mourinho makes a number of changes to the side that drew with Palermo last weekend. Julio Cesar returns between the sticks, Samuel is back at the centre of defence, and Figo will start his 100th Serie A match on the right wing.
1' Santon starts on the bench with Zanetti slotting in at right-back, while Chivu is preferred to Maxwell on the opposite flank.
1' Ranieri has gone for 4-4-2 with Del Piero getting the nod ahead of Trezeguet. The Juve captain will start up front alongside Iaquinta.
1' We're seconds away from kick-off as Del Piero and Zanetti exchange pennants and Stefano Farina tosses his coin.
1' Away we go in Turin. Juve kick off. FORZA INTER!!!
1' Nedved rifles high and wide in the opening seconds as Juve attack Inter.
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50' Full time. Ten-man Juventus hold Inter 1-1 in Turin.
49' Poulsen blocks Cambiasso's left-wing cross as Inter come looking for a late winner. Nothing comes of the resulting corner.
46' GOAL. Zdenek Grygera heads home Giovinco's inswinging left-wing corner. JUVENTUS 1-1 INTER.
45' There will be five minutes of injury time.
44' Vieira takes an Ibra pass into the box but the Frenchman is dispossessed by Grygera and Buffon smothers.
43' Cruz collects a short pass from Ibrahimovic, turns and shoots, forcing Julio Cesar into a tipped save.
42' José brings on Julio Cruz for the final minutes. Luis Figo makes way.
40' Giovinco's inswinging left-wing corner is straight into the arms of Julio Cesar.
35' Juve make their last change. Sebastian Giovinco replaces Alessandro Del Piero.
34' Stankovic aims for the top corner but somehow Buffon keeps out the Serbian's shot.
33' Burdisso's header from a corner is headed to safety by Poulsen.
33' And here's number two. It's Nicolas Burdisso for Sulley Muntari.
32' Substitution number one for Inter. Mourinho brings on Patrick Vieira for Mario Balotelli.
31' Juventus down to ten men as Tiago is shown a straight red card by Stefano Farina for barging into Mario Balotelli seconds after an ugly challenge on Muntari.
29' Claudio Ranieri makes his second change. David Trezeguet comes on for Marco Marchionni.
27' Inter hit Juve on the break again as Figo finds Muntari in space. The Ghana midfielder races down the right but can't find room for a shot.
25' Marchionni storms past Stankovic and races into the area from the right, forcing Julio Cesar to narrow the angle and block. Corner.
23' Balotelli is booked for protesting after a foul on Chiellini.
21' Cordoba blocks Del Piero's shot on the turn as Juve come looking for a quick leveller.
19' Zanetti blocks Chiellini's angled shot after an aerial collision between Figo and Cordoba. Nothing comes of the resulting corner.
19' GOAL!!!!! Inter hit Juve on the break and take the lead through Mario Balotelli, who slots beyond Buffon after a left-wing cross from Muntari, who was played in brilliantly by Ibrahimovic. JUVENTUS 0-1 INTER
18' Juventus make their first change before the free kick. De Ceglie replaces Molinaro.
17' Chivu whips in a dangerous cross from the left. Balotelli slides in at the back post but just fails to connect.
17' Free kick to Juve on right wing after a foul by Samuel on Grygera.
14' Del Piero's free kick is saved by Julio Cesar.
14' Poulsen looks for Iaquinta in the box but overhits his pass for the lanky Italian forward.
13' Free kick to Juventus just outside our box in Del Piero territory.
12' Good chance for Inter. Ibrahimovic climbs in the box and gets on the end of Balotelli's left-wing cross. The Swede's header is saved by Buffon.
8' Free kick to Inter about 25 metres from goal. Ibrahimovic slips as he shoots. Easy clearance for Juve.
8' Poulsen is booked for a late challenge on Sulley Muntari.
7' Zanetti gets into a scoring position but the Inter captain drags his shot at Buffon.
6' Balotelli collects a pass on the edge of the Juve box but is immediately surrounded by four Bianconeri shirts, leaving him with few options. The 18-year-old passes to Ibra who serves Stankovic and the Serbian tests Buffon with a stinging 30-yard shot.
3' Corner for Inter. Figo crosses but Farina blows for a foul by Balotelli.
2' Samuel blocks Nedved's long-range effort.
1' Inter get the second half under way.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 7.14
4 shots on target 7
3 shots off target 2
18 fouls committed 23
12 corners 9
1 offsides 1
25:53 ball possession 27:51
Ranieri v Mourinho

Last November's clash in Milan is the only previous meeting between the two coaches at the helm of Italian clubs.

2008/09 Serie A Juventus-Inter ---- 0-1

Ranieri v Inter

Claudio Ranieri faces Inter for the 22nd time after 4 wins, 10 draws and 7 defeats. The current Juventus coach encountered Inter twice in the Champions League when in charge of Valencia in 2004/05, losing 5-1 at home and drawing 0-0 in Milan. Ranieri made his coaching debut on 9 September 1990. His Cagliari team were beaten 3-0 at the Stadio Sant'Elia by... Inter.

Details (19 matches in charge of Italian clubs):
1990/91 Serie A Cagliari-Inter 0-3 1-1
1991/92 Serie A Napoli-Inter 1-1 0-0
1992/93 Serie A Napoli-Inter 1-2 ----
1994/95 Serie A Fiorentina-Inter 2-2 1-3
1995/96 Coppa Italia Fiorentina-Inter 3-1 1-0
1995/96 Serie A Fiorentina-Inter 1-1 2-1
1996/97 Serie A Fiorentina-Inter 0-0 2-2
2006/07 Serie A Parma-Inter ---- 0-2
2007/08 Coppa Italia Juventus-Inter 2-3 2-2
2007/08 Serie A Juventus-Inter 1-1 2-1
2008/09 Serie A Juventus-Inter ---- 0-1

Mourinho v Juventus

Last November's win in Milan is José Mourinho's only previous encounter with Juventus.

2008/09 Serie A Inter-Juventus 1-0 ----

Juventus: 2500th in Serie A as one-division tournament

Juventus v Inter is the Bianconeri's 2500th fixture in Serie A since 1929/30, when the tournament became a one-division championship. The Bianconeri made their debut in the division with a 3-2 home win over Napoli on 6 October 1929. They have won 1325 matches, drawn 709 and lost 465, scoring 4313 goals and conceding 2418.

Ranieri & points in April

Excluding August, when there are not always championship fixtures, April is Juventus coach Claudio Ranieri's most successful month of the Italian footballing calendar with 22 wins, 15 draws and 8 defeats from 45 games - for a points per match average of 1.80.

Juve's scoring form

Juventus have failed to score in only one of their last 26 league matches (1-0 defeat to Inter last 22 November), scoring a total of 52 goals in the other 25. The Turin outfit have scored at least one goal in each of their last 21 home matches in Serie A, notching a total of 46. Their last home game without scoring was a 0-0 draw with city rivals Torino on 26 February 2008.

Ranieri, Mourinho and substitutions

Juventus have used fewer substitutions than any other team taking part in the 2008/09 Serie A championship (82 out of a possible 93). Instead, Inter have used all 93 substitutions after 31 rounds of matches.

Inter on target in 22 consecutive league games

The Nerazzurri have scored in each of their last 22 Serie A matches, scoring a total of 44 goals (an average of two goals per game). Their last top-flight fixture without scoring was last October's 0-0 draw with Fiorentina in Florence.

Inter chasing sixth consecutive away win

With victories over Catania (2-0), Lecce (3-0), Bologna (2-1), Genoa (2-0) and Udinese (1-0), the Nerazzurri have won their last 5 Serie A away matches. The last time the Nerazzurri won 5 straight away games on the trot was back in 2006/07 when they went on to win 11.

Julio Cruz & goals against Juve & Buffon

Argentine forward Julio Cruz has scored 105 goals for Italian teams. Of those, 8 have come in matches against Juventus (more than any other team) and 6 against Bianconeri keeper Buffon (same number as in games against Belardi).

Figo set for milestone appearance

If he plays against Juventus in Serie A Week 32, Luis Figo will complete a century of Serie A appearances (all for Inter). The Portuguese midfielder made his debut in Italy's top flight in Inter 3-0 Treviso on 28 August 2005.

wins(16) draws(19) defeats(69)

TURIN - Saturday night's hard-fought derby d'Italia at the Stadio Olimpico produced a 1-1 draw, leaving Inter's ten-point lead at the top of the table intact.

Mario Balotelli slotted home the opener in the second half and the eighteen-year-old's goal looked to be good for victory after the dismissal of Juventus midfielder Tiago, but Zdenek Grygera popped up in added time to head home an equaliser. 

Mourinho made three changes to the team that drew with Palermo last weekend, with Julio Cesar back between the posts, Samuel returning in defence and Figo starting on the right wing for his 100th match in Italy's Serie A.

Chivu switched to left-back at the expense of Maxwell, while Zanetti slotted in on the opposite flank with Santon starting on the bench.

Ranieri opted for 4-4-2 with Del Piero starting up front alongside Iaquinta after getting the nod ahead of Trezeguet.

The Bianconeri attacked Mourinho's men in the early stages but it was Inter who produced the first clear chance through Balotelli in the 10th minute.

The Italy Under-21 forward controlled a long pass and burst past two defenders before sending a low shot on target. Buffon took the sting out of it, allowing for Tiago to clear off the line.

Juventus continued to create and Julio Cesar made easy saves from Del Piero and Iaquinta before the latter had a shot deflected off Samuel. The home side went even closer when Marchionni, put through by Del Piero, tried to lift the ball over Julio Cesar but the Inter keeper had moved quickly to narrow the angle.

Inter produced more towards the end of the half with Stankovic firing wide from Balotelli's inviting pass and Figo testing Buffon after a solo run on goal.

The Nerazzurri came out for the second half as they ended the first and Stankovic's stinging shot forced a parry from Buffon who minutes later saved Ibrahimovic's header from Balotelli's cross. 

The breakthrough came in the 64th minute when Ibrahimovic found Muntari in space down the left and the Ghanaian crossed to the far post where Balotelli was on hand to slide beyond Buffon.

Inter's task was made easier with less than a quarter of an hour on the clock when Tiago was shown a straight red card for shoving Balotelli right after a bad challenge on Muntari.

Mourinho made two tactical changes, introducing Vieira for Balotelli and Burdisso for Muntari as the Nerazzurri made the man advantage count, and Buffon was a busy man in the closing stages. The Juventus keeper kept out a shot from Stankovic, later making a tipped save from Cruz who replaced Figo in the final minutes. 

Against the run of play, Grygera popped up in the box in added time to send a flicked header from Giovinco's inswinging corner past Julio Cesar and salvage a point for the home team.

Juventus 1-1 Inter (HT: 0-0)

Scorer: Balotelli 64, Grygera 90+1.

Juventus: 1 Buffon; 21 Grygera, 33 Legrottaglie, 3 Chiellini, 28 Molinaro (29 De Ceglie 63); 32 Marchionni (17 Trezeguet 74), 18 Poulsen, 30 Tiago, 11 Nedved; 9 Iaquinta, 10 Del Piero (20 Giovinco 80).
Subs not used: 12 Chimenti, 4 Mellberg, 5 Zebina, 15 Knezevic.
Coach: Claudio Ranieri.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 4 Zanetti, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 26 Chivu; 19 Cambiasso; 7 Figo (9 Cruz 87), 5 Stankovic, 20 Muntari (16 Burdisso 78), 45 Balotelli (14 Vieira 77); 8 Ibrahimovic.
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 6 Maxwell, 23 Materazzi, 39 Santon.
Coach: José Mourinho.

Referee: Stefano Farina (Novi Ligure).

Booked: Figo 3, Legrottaglie 36, Poulsen 53, Balotelli 66.
Sent off: Tiago 76.

starting lineups

Buffon 12 Julio Cesar
Grygera 4 Zanetti
Legrottaglie 2 Cordoba
Chiellini 25 Samuel
Molinaro 26 Chivu
Marchionni 19 Cambiasso
Poulsen 7 Figo
Tiago 5 Stankovic
Nedved 20 Muntari
Del Piero 45 Balotelli
Iaquinta 8 Ibrahimovic


Chimenti 1 Toldo
Mellberg 6 Maxwell
Zebina 9 Cruz
Knezevic 14 Vieira
Trezeguet 16 Burdisso
Giovinco 23 Materazzi
De Ceglie 39 Santon