Juventus' lead at the top of Serie A was cut to just one point on Tuesday, as Inter Milan earned a 1-1 draw with the Italian champ at the Juventus Stadium in the Derby d’Italia. Earlier Tuesday, AS Roma moved level on points with Juve following a 1-0 win at Udinese.
Argentine striker Carlos Tevez opened the scoring for the Bianconeri after just five minutes following an incredible turn-and-cross from Arturo Vidal, but Mauro Icardi handed Inter a much-deserved equalizer in the second half.
After the game, Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri lamented his team’s second-half performance. “We knew the game would be difficult, but for 45 minutes it was one of our best performances of the season. We couldn’t keep that intensity up for the full 90,” Allegri coach told Sky Sport Italia. “Inter deserve credit for fighting back and it’s a shame we didn’t start the year with a victory, but the performance was excellent in the first half and sufficient in the second.”
Meanwhile, Inter coach Roberto Mancini felt his team did enough in the second half to merit a victory. “It was a difficult game, but I think we should have regrets at the three or four chances in the second half that we didn’t take to win,” the former Manchester City coach told Sky Sport Italia. “Games last 90 minutes. Juve could’ve scored another in the first half, but we had chances to win too and that’s why I can’t be happy with the result."