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Inter vs Juventus (1-1), a rivalry to the death! but where was the football?
The "Derby d'Italia" finished in a tame 1-1 draw: with neither team showing any great enthusiasm to win the game. Torino-Milan 2-2 with a lot of controversy, Napoli beat Atalanta 2-0 and now leads the table
by Phillip Di Pasquale
Italian Serie A resumes after national team duty for Brazil 2014 qualifications. A happy result for Italian football as they qualify well in advance, for Brazil 2014 and also advanced in the world ranking from eighth to fourth.

 The Italian derby between Inter and Juve, finished in a tame 1-1 draw.

 

Goals from Icardi in the 72nd minute and Vidal, not long after were the high points of the match. The game was a lacklustre affair with neither team showing any great enthusiasm to win the game. Perhaps the 2 am viewing from Down Under was playing tricks? Will have to wait for the comments from the Experts! 


 

Both goals came from mistakes. The first by Giorgio Chiellini who lost possession after being robbed in his own half by Alvarez, and Johnathan who was overpowered on the by-line by Kwadwo Asamoah. 
Both teams appeared to be happy with the result. A draw for Antonio Conte at the San Siro, would suit him just fine, as a Champions League match awaits them on Tuesday. For Mazzarri, he's happy as well, considering Juventus is thought to be the best team in Italy.


 

The Italian media seem to having a lot of praise for Walter Mazzarri, but  they are forgetting that the former Inter's coach Andrea Stramaccioni also beat Juventus first up last season, and look were Inter ended up. I hope they are not counting their chickens before they are hatched! A change for the better, however, is that Inter appears more solid defensively due to Hugo Campagnaro of which Stramaccioni did not have last year. In my opinion, Mazzarri's team still needs a lot of improvement if they are going to contend for title aspirations.



 

The other matches saw AC Milan, up against a well set-out Torino side who were unlucky to loose a 2-0 advantage with only a with few minutes to go. The game ended in a 2-2 draw with a lot of controversy around the last Milan goal. Torino were asking for a substitute as a player was down injured in the middle of the park. The referee played on for almost 4 minutes, not to mention the ball also going out of play, and still the referee did not stop the game. Torino definitely thought they were disadvantaged by the decision. On a brighter note, Kaka's return was positive.



 

Napoli against Atalanta saw Rafa Benitez's team win by 2-0. Fans at the San Paolo were thrilled with goals from Gonzalo Higuain and José Maria Callejon. Napoli is travelling well with full points, and are still number one to challenge Juve for the title.

Sunday, September 15 th, 2013
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