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Unbeaten Inter remain top in Serie A following stalemate with holders Juve

Luciano Spalletti’s Inter leave Turin two points ahead of second-placed Napoli.

Inter's Matias Vecina is chased by Sami Khedira.
Inter's Matias Vecina is chased by Sami Khedira.
Image: ALESSANDRO DI MARCO

INTER MILAN maintained their lead at the top of Serie A on Saturday night after a hard-fought goalless draw at arch-rivals Juventus which maintains the Nerazzurri’s unbeaten start to the season.

Luciano Spalletti’s Inter leave Turin two points ahead of second-placed Napoli, who are level on 38 points with Juventus and have the chance to reclaim top spot at home to Fiorentina on Sunday.

Inter can be considered fortunate to escape the Allianz Stadium with a point in this Derby d’Italia after watching the dominant hosts create a series of chances, most of which were created by Juan Cuadrado and fell to wasteful Mario Mandzukic.

The Croat shot straight at Inter keeper Samir Handanovic when an eighth-minute Cuadrado cross wormed its way through a crowd of defenders.

Mandzukic went closest again just before the end of a tight first half, meeting another cross from his Colombian teammate only to to see his header thwack the crossbar.

The second half continued as the first ended, but Juve couldn’t capitalise on a rocking Inter team that struggled to get out of its own half, with the excellent Handanovic on hand to repel the hosts when they didn’t fluff chances on their own.

Mandzukic had the chance to win the match with just eight minutes left when another Cuadrado cross found him with space to shoot, but he slipped before he could get a shot away and Inter escaped with a precious point.

– © AFP 2017

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