Nicolo Fagioli’s Derby d’Italia dreams came true on Sunday night as he scored a goal on his Serie A debut to give Juventus a 2-0 win against Inter Milan.
It took a while for the game to warm up and Inter came out of the blocks quickly, with Lautaro Martinez having the first real chance of the match after five minutes, slicing a half-volley just wide of the post.
But it was Filip Kostic who ensured the victory for Max Allegri’s side, teeing up Adrien Rabiot with a zipping cross into the penalty area, which the French midfielder slotted home with a superb first-time finish.
Juventus had a goal disallowed just ten minutes later, with Kostic again delivering a cross into the box from a corner, which was met by Danilo, who, despite turning the ball into the goal with his shin, appeared to handle the ball in the process.
Young star Fagioli, a graduate of the Juventus academy, secured the three points for the Torino side, after he received a cross, again from Kostic, and hammered in a deflected shot on the 84th minute, sending the Allianz Stadium into delirium.
Inter looked the better team for large parts of the game, with Edin Dzeko going close to putting the visitors ahead after 26 minutes with a header from a Martinez cross going just wide of the post.
Denzel Dumfries should have also sent the visitors ahead three minutes before the 45-minute mark but blazed Nicolo Barella’s assist over the bar from inside the box.
The visitors continued the pressure in the first minutes of the second half and created opportunities for Juventus to counter-attack, which ultimately saw Kostic break away from the Milan midfield and tee-up Danilo for their first goal.
‘It was great to watch this game, especially as we were a little lucky in the first half, but when you have a pro-active attitude and work for your teammate, you are more likely to get a positive result,’ Allegri told DAZN after the match.
‘The system has given the team more solidity, but the most important thing is that the team works together, defends behind the ball, understands when it’s time to suffer and that it lasts 95 minutes.
‘Earlier in the season, we would play about 30 minutes and then drift off, but we are in it all the way now, even during tough moments. That is an important step.
‘This is the right spirit and raises the level of competition within the squad.’
And it was a fairytale start to life in Serie A for the 21-year-old, who helped his side climb the Italian first division table to fifth place, with Juve now just two points behind Atalanta and ten points off Napoli at the top of the ladder.
Meanwhile, Inter, who looked to be the dominant team early on, stay seventh in the table, but could leapfrog tonight’s opponents with a win against Bologna in midweek.