Juventus edge Inter Milan in thriller to keep Euro hopes alive

Juan Cuadrado
Juan Cuadrado’s first-half strike was his first Serie A goal this season

Juan Cuadrado scored a late penalty to keep Juventus’ hopes of qualifying for the Champions League alive with a dramatic victory over Inter Milan after playing with 10 men for 35 minutes.

The referee awarded two first-half penalties following VAR reviews, before sending off Juve’s Rodrigo Bentancur and Inter’s Marcelo Brozovic later.

Fifth-placed Napoli travel to Fiorentina on Sunday (11:30 BST) and can regain fourth place going into the final matchweek.

Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring from the spot for Juve, whose league crown was taken off them by Inter this month.

Romelu Lukaku made it 1-1 at the other end with another penalty before Cuadrado’s thumping strike deflected in for Juve’s second just before the break.

Bentancur’s second yellow card meant Juve went down to 10 men and manager Andrea Pirlo brought off star man Ronaldo with over 20 minutes to play.

Chiellini thought he was tugged by Lukaku as he poked in an own goal to make it 2-2 but the referee showed him a yellow card for holding the Belgian following a VAR review.

Just as Juve thought their Champions League qualification hopes had taken a huge blow, Ivan Perisic was deemed to have clipped Cuadrado in the box.

The Colombian stepped up to score the winning penalty before Inter’s Brozovic was shown a second yellow for a late challenge on the match-winner.

Champions League qualification remains out of Juventus’ hands and their final game of the season is against Bologna on Sunday, 23 May.


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