Twitter explodes as Cristiano Ronaldo scores in Juventus’ thrilling 3-2 victory over Inter
Juan Cuadrado scored a brace as Juventus kept their Champions League qualification
hopes alive with a 3-2 win over Serie A champions Inter Milan on Saturday despite
spending most of the second half with 10 men.
In a match that ebbed and flowed and had its fair share of controversial refereeing
decisions, Juventus held their nerve and eked out a narrow win to move into 4th position
ahead of Napoli, who have a game in hand.
Juventus took the lead through Cristiano Ronaldo in the 24th minute after they were
awarded a penalty for a soft foul on Chiellini. Cristiano Ronaldo saw the penalty saved
by Inter shot-stopper Samir Handanovic but he was on hand to sweep home the rebound
and give his side the lead.
Soon after, Inter were awarded a penalty of their own as VAR ruled that Lautaro Martinez
was fouled inside the box. Romelu Lukaku made no mistake from the spot to restore
Juventus restored their lead in first-half stoppage time, however, as Juan Cuadrado’s
stunning strike from distance gave the Old Lady a crucial lead heading into half time.
Juventus and Inter both went hammer and tongs in the second half and the game took
another twist when Rodrigo Bentancur was sent off in the 55th minute after a second
Andrea Pirlo made a brave decision and subbed Cristiano Ronaldo in the 70th minute
for Alvaro Morata as 10 men Juventus looked to guard their precarious lead.
Inter found the equalizer in the 83rd minute in controversial circumstances once again
as Chiellini’s own goal was allowed to stand after numerous checks on the VAR. It looked
like Juventus’ hopes of a Champions League place were ending, but there was one
last twist as Juventus were awarded a penalty in the 88th minute.
In the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, Juan Cuadrado stepped up to calmly dispatch
his penalty and secure a crucial victory over Juventus. Speaking to Sky Italia after
the match, Pirlo emphasized the importance of the victory: