6 Classic Clashes Between Juventus and Inter Ahead of Saturday’s Derby d’Italia

The clash between Juventus and Inter is one of the most popular matches in the history of Serie A. 

The two northern sides have met over 200 times in what famous journalist Gianni Brera described as the ‘Derby of Italy’, because it divides the whole country for 90 minutes and is often disputed regardless of the table. 

Since returning from Serie B, Juventus have won the majority of the encounters against the Nerazzurri, who have always been the biggest title contenders for the Old Lady. 

Giuseppe Meazza, Omar Sivori and Roberto Boninsegna have all scored 12 goals during this game, while in recent times Alessandro Del Piero has netted 10 times and Mauro Icardi four. 

Here are some of the most iconic clashes in the history of these two teams.

6. Inter 1-1 Juventus (2002)

Goalkeepers made the difference during this famous game. Gianluigi Buffon had just arrived at Juventus and was only starting to earn his fans’ approval and the same applied to Inter’s iconic keeper Francesco Toldo. 

The two’s heroics throughout the whole match were the reason why, towards the end of the match, the teams were still tied 0-0. 

However, Alessandro Del Piero broke the deadlock after being awarded a very controversial penalty that gave the Bianconeri the lead at the 88th minute. 

But it was Inter’s equaliser that made this match historical as the Nerazzurri scored during stoppage time thanks to Toldo himself, who headed home profiting from the last set-piece of the clash. 

5. Inter 3-0 Juventus (2016, 3-5 on penalties)

The second leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final, this game was only formally won by Inter, who, despite failing to qualify for the final, were protagonist of a spectacular fixture against Juventus in 2016. 

Fate seemed already written after the Bianconeri had defeated Inter at the Juventus Stadium in a comfortable 3-0 win four days earlier. 

However, Roberto Mancini’s men showed what they were made of as they hosted the Old Lady at San Siro and gloriously gave them a taste of their own medicine: the match ended 3-0. 

Brozovic scored twice, netting the opener and an 82nd-minute penalty after Ivan Perisic’s strike just after half-time to take the match into extra-time and penalties.

Neto’s abilities and Palacio’s failed penalty were decisive in determining Juventus’ path to the final. 

4. Juventus 1-3 Inter (2012)

Diego Milito became enemy number one for Antonio Conte’s Juventus in 2012 as he bagged a brace at the Juventus Stadium in Inter’s last Serie A victory over the Bianconeri.

The Old Lady had been unbeaten for 49 games before the clash against the Nerazzurri, who were struggling to reach the top of the table. 

Juventus celebrated too early as Arturo Vidal opened the scoring after only 90 seconds. Milito and Palacio smashed in goals in what is remembered as one of the most humiliating defeats in the history of the Derby of Italy. 

Conte’s men eventually won the second consecutive Scudetto, but that defeat is still an open wound. 

3. Juventus 3-1 Inter (2014)

Juventus won the last Derby d’Italia of Conte’s era as they smashed the Nerazzurri with a comfortable 3-1 home win in Turin. 

The Bianconeri were at the peak of their abilities in those years and broke all records as they topped the Serie A table with 102 points and 33 wins with a 17-point lead over runners-up Roma. 

Meanwhile, Inter were going through troubled times due to a change of ownership as the Milan outfit ended fifth and only qualified for the Europa League playoffs. 

Lichtsteiner, Chiellini and Vidal annihilated the Nerazzurri who only managed to fight back towards the end of the match thanks to Rolando.

2. Juventus 2-0 Inter (1996)

An easy 2-0 win against Inter in 1996 became important because, on that day, a 24-year-old named Zinedine Zidane scored his first goal for the Bianconeri and started becoming the legend he is now. 

And what a goal he scored! The Frenchman bagged his first strike as he curled a stunner from outside Inter’s box to double Juventus’ lead after Jugovic’s opener. 

The game represented the beginning of Zidane’s marvellous career in Italy after his controversial arrival to the Turin outfit. 

Inter were coached (for that full year only) by current Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson. 

1. Inter 2-6 Juventus (1975)

The Old Lady managed to score six goals at San Siro in this classic Coppa Italia encounter that took place in 1975. 

The match itself was pointless as Juventus had already failed to qualify for the final in its old group stage format, but this didn’t prevent them from putting together an outstanding performance against Inter. 

Roberto Boninsegna was the leader of the home side and the Nerazzurri’s top goalscorer, netting 18 times that season and twice against Juventus in this match. 

However, the Bianconeri had Jose Anastasi, Gaeatano Scirea, Fernando Viola and Antonello Cuccureddu, who all scored at San Siro for Juventus’ 6-2 win. 

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