Juventus score twice in last three minutes to beat Milan
Published: 11:40 AM, 29 April 2018
Daily Bangladesh Desk
Serie A leaders Juventus scored twice in the last three minutes to secure a dramatic win over 10-man Inter Milan and maintain control of the title race.
With just one minute remaining, the destination of the title looked to be in Napoli`s hands, but Gonzalo Higuain headed home the winner for Juve.
He struck moments after Juan Cuadrado had levelled, as Inter overturned Douglas Costa`s opener through Mauro Icardi and an Andrea Barzagli own goal.
Juve is now four points clear.
Napoli - who have four games to play - can reduce the deficit to one if they win at Fiorentina on Sunday. But the manner of this Juve win could stun their challenges as the defending champions appeared to have thrown away the lead despite having a one-man advantage for over 75 minutes.
"I think football was the winner, as we saw two teams battle it out to the end," said Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri afterwards.
As the clock ran down, Juventus` six-year grip on Serie A seemed to be weakening with Napoli closing in on a first title since 1990.
Such was the joy prompted by Higuain`s goal, Allegri was sent to the stands for trying to calm his players` wild celebrations after the winner.
He had called for his side to be more physical and streetwise after a last-minute defeat by Napoli last week but they took their foot off the gas after Matias Vecino was dismissed by the video assistant referee (VAR) for a tackle on Mario Mandzukic.
Blaise Matuidi thought he had doubled the lead before half-time, only for the VAR to correctly ruled offside.
From that moment, Inter came alive, with Icardi glancing a header home for his 27th goal of the season and fine play by Ivan Perisic rewarded when Barzagli turned in.
Defeat comes at a great cost to Inter, who are a point outside the top four, with fourth-placed Lazio holding a game in hand.
Goalkeeper Samir Handanovic looked to offer resistance as Juve pressed late on - saving brilliantly from a Paulo Dybala free-kick - but he could do nothing as Cuadrado drove the equaliser from a narrow angle.
Both Inter and Napoli may feel aggrieved the already booked Miralem Pjanic was not dismissed for a heavy challenge in the second-half but he survived, as did Juve, just, thanks to Higuain`s dramatic close-range finish.
Higuain had gone 716 minutes without a goal - his longest drought in Italian football - but could not have picked a better time to end it.
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