Juventus beat Inter Milan 3-2 to keep Champions League hopes alive in a game on Saturday as Juan Cuadrado scored twice, including a late penalty. Juve climbed to fourth place with AC Milan in third place and two points ahead of Napoli, who both play on Sunday. The win ended Inter’s 20-match unbeaten run for Antonio Conte, who refused to give Juventus their 10th consecutive title this season.
Coach Andrea Pirlo said, “It was important for us to win so that we can continue to hope. If we had shown the same will and determination as in our previous games, we would have been in a different situation. If we get into the last game of the season, fighting for fourth place, then we have clearly fallen far short.”
Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty after 24 minutes but came back to balance his campaign in a series of 29 Serie A goals in the campaign. But Inter returned to the level with a penalty from Romelu Lukaku nine minutes later, trailing Ronaldo with 23 goals.
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The hosts played the most in the second half after Rodrigo Bentancur was eliminated for the second yellow card for Lukaku’s attack. Ronaldo was given 20 minutes to go and Alvaro Morata came off the bench.
Pirlo said, “Cristiano was probably happy for the first time that he was dropped because I was 10 years old and he should have run in the void for the rest of the game.”
Captain Giorgio Chiellini converted to his goal after seven minutes to the end, but at the dramatic end of the game, Juve received another penalty for a foul by Ivan Perisic on Cuadrado, which was converted by the Colombian. Inter also ended the game with Marcelo Brozovic receiving a second booking during the injury.
“It’s a big win. I don’t know if it will help us qualify for the Champions League, but we deserve the position we are in at the moment. We were not consistent enough and we know that,” Chiellini said.