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Walker On March - 23 - 2008

Clash of Titans

The Derby d’Italia did not disppoint as visitors Juventus walked away 2 - 1 winners late Saturday.

Eyes focused on Inter and Juventus once Roma, Fiorentina and Milan all won earlier. Of course the backdrop to this drama is Roma are again thrown a scudetto lifeline, having the Inter lead cut to 4 points by Ranieri and crew. “We want to shock them like we did against Roma”, said Ranieri and the Bianconeri did just that, mission complete.

Former Juventus defender, Fabio Canavaro, voiced his opinion prior to match when stating,
“There is a lot of venom, but it’s not just related to the Calciopoli scandal - it’s a rivalry that will always be there.”

I’m hoping this one will be broadcast tomorrow on TLNTV or FoxSportsNetwork for anyone who missed it live. It was a physical match and first half play fooled you into believing the Inter attack would carry the day. Cruz was running threw defenders while Ibrahimovic was winning the ball in the air, not to mention his crushing elbow to Chiellini’s already prominent nasal feature.

Goals by: Camoranesi 49 (J), Trezeguet 63 (J), Maniche 83 (I)

Inter: Julio Cesar; Maicon, Burdisso, Materazzi, Maxwell; Stankovic, Zanetti, Chivu (Balotelli 82); Jimenez (Suazo 53); Ibrahimovic, Cruz (Maniche 64)
Juventus: Buffon; Grygera, Legrottaglie, Chiellini, Molinaro; Salihamidzic, Camoranesi, Sissoko, Nedved (Nocerino 86); Trezeguet (Iaquinta 82), Del Piero

Derby Statistics in Serie A competition
Total games 150
Juventus Wins 71
Draw 37
Internazionale Wins 42
Juventus Goals 220
Internazionale Goals 181

History lesson 101, the “Derby of Italy” was coined back in 1967 by the famous Italian sports journalist Gianni Brera.

Matchday 30 Results

Saturday March 22
AS Roma 2 - 1 Empoli
Atalanta 0 - 0 Catania
Fiorentina 1 - 0 Lazio
Palermo 2 - 3 Genoa
Reggina 1 - 1 Napoli
Sampdoria 1 - 1 Cagliari
Siena 2 - 0 Parma
Torino 0 - 1 AC Milan
Udinese 2 - 0 Livorno
Inter Milan 1 - 2 Juventus
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