Juventus have done the double over Inter Milan this season, winning 2-0 in the Derby d'Italia on Sunday night. Although the two sides looked evenly matched in the first half, goals by Martin Caceres and Alessandro Del Piero proved to be Inter's undoing. The win puts Juve back within three points of AC Milan, while Inter slide down into eighth place.
The visitors started off quickly, attacking right from the start and disarming Juventus in the process. Although the home side managed a few shots from the likes of Alessandro Matri and Mirko Vucinic, those either missed the mark by quite a bit or went straight into the arms of Julio Cesar. But his opposite sure was busy -- Gigi Buffon seemed to be saving shots from nearly everyone in the Inter side. His spectacular saves are the only reason the match went into the break scoreless.
After the restart, Inter were already looking a bit worn down, but still Juventus could find no way through. Antonio Conte wasted little time in making changes, bringing in Del Piero for Matri and removing Simone Pepe in favor of Leonardo Bonucci. The switch to a 3-5-2 produced results quickly. After less than five minutes, Claudio Marchisio let off a rocket from distance, forcing Julio Cesar into a fingertip save. The resulting corner proved to be Inter's undoing, however. Caceres, unmarked near the back post, headed on the corner for the first goal of the match -- and his first in Serie A since his return to Juve.
Claudio Ranieri responded with his own double switch, replacing John Obi with Marco Faraoni and Giampaolo Pazzini for Andrea Poli. Despite the addition of an additional forward, the nerazzurri just couldn't get back to the way they'd been playing in the first half. By the 72nd minute, Juve had another, courtesy of who else but il capitano, scoring his first in the league this season. Arturo Vidal sent a magnificent ball through three black and blue shirts, and Del Piero seemed to have all the time in the world has he sent his low shot to Julio Cesar's right. The keeper dove left and the Old Lady had their second, and decisive, goal.