Recap: Juventus vs Inter 1:1/Sport1
"In championship seasons, there are moments, signs and moves that are worth more than any statistic." That's how the Italian Gazzetta summed up Juventus' 1-2 win over Monza on Friday night, when, after a huge drama in extra time, the Old Lady temporarily rose to the top of the table and is a point ahead of Inter. While there is still a long journey to bring the Scudetto back to Turin after four years, the test of character at Monza showed that perhaps this year the Bianconeri are made of material reminiscent of the dynasty from the previous decade.
Adrien Rabiot put the Bianconeri ahead in the opening minute after Dušan Vlahovic's missed penalty. The visitors failed to close a story and in the 92nd minute Valentin Carboni punished with the equaliser. The last word belonged to defender Federico Gatti, who two minutes later made it 1-2 for the visitors. Beyond how the victory was achieved, the Bianconeri were delighted to have gotten some sort of revenge on a team that beat them twice last season. "They have the ability to win even when they're not good, or even when they don't deserve it, that's what this club is all about," added The Gazette, "After all, Inter is the unpredictable, Milan is beautiful and Juventus is ruthless."
"Nine Souls". Gatti/Reuters
The hero of the evening is Federico Gatti, the 25-year-old defender who broke through last season but has upgraded his status this year. The word "gati" in Italian means cats, and in Italy it was stated that "Juventus has nine souls", just like the animal. In Italy, they praised Gatti, writing: "He is the face of 'bad' Juve, Juve of the working class."
Gatty himself summed up a dream night by saying: "It's a crazy feeling to score such an important goal. We told each other before the game that we had to get back to first place. We're fighting for the championship." Juventus will host champions Napoli next Friday and will be looking to break a run of four games without a win over their southern rivals – an unacceptable statistic.
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