Juventus tops Inter Milan in Derby d'Italia to widen lead in Serie A
Juan Cuadrado scored the winning goal for Juventus just before halftime. AP 

MILAN — No team appears capable of stopping Juventus after the Bianconeri beat Inter Milan 1-0 Sunday (Monday, Manila time) in an entertaining Derby d'Italia in Serie A.

Juan Cuadrado scored on the stroke of halftime for Juventus, which also hit the bar twice in the first period as Massimiliano Allegri's side extended its Serie A record to 28 consecutive home wins.

Juventus — which has played a match less than most of its rivals — moved six points clear of second-placed Napoli and seven above Roma, which plays Fiorentina on Tuesday.

"I'm very happy with what the lads did, it was the performance I asked them for," Allegri said. "It was a very top-level match, like a Champions League semifinal or quarterfinal."

Inter slipped to fifth, a point behind Lazio and 12 behind Juve.

"We should have had two penalties in the first half, for challenges on (Mauro) Icardi," Inter coach Stefano Pioli said.

"We have regrets because of our mistake which led to their goal, the first half was almost over. Then it's difficult to come back against Juventus."

Juventus again used its new 4-2-3-1 formation, incorporating its top five attacking players.

"It's not a question of the formation," Allegri said. "Football isn't about numbers but about footballers who have certain characteristics. Then it doesn't matter whether you play with one system or another. Before this formation we won 15 matches."

Paulo Dybala could have had two stunning goals in the opening 12 minutes.

First his overhead kick was brilliantly saved by Samir Handanovic and minutes later the Argentine lobbed the Inter goalkeeper but his effort came off the crossbar.

Inter also had its chances as Roberto Gagliardini volleyed narrowly over and Joao Mario's low shot went inches wide of the left post, much to the relief of Gianluigi Buffon.

Handanovic fingertipped Miralem Pjanic's free kick onto the crossbar seconds before Cuadrado gave Juve the lead, firing the resulting corner into the top right.

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Handanovic kept Inter in the match in the second half with saves from Pjanic, Gonzalo Higuain and Mandzukic.

Inter forward Ivan Perisic was sent off for dissent in stoppage time.

Chelsea coach Antonio Conte, who led Juventus to three of its five successive league titles before Allegri took over, was watching from the stands.

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