Defending champions Juventus grinded-out a 2-1 win over Inter Milan at the San Siro on Sunday October 6th to go the top of Serie A league. Gonzalo Higuain came off the bench for the last half-hour and scored the crucial goal.
The result puts an end to Inter's 100% record in the league this season as they move down to second in the table, just one point behind the reigning champions.
Juventus took the lead just four minutes into the game. Miralem Pjanic's ball over the top found Paulo Dybala, who fired a fierce shot into the bottom corner to put his team in front.
The Italian champions almost doubled their lead minutes later. Cristiano Ronaldo dribbled past the Inter midfield before firing an effort against the crossbar from the edge of the area.
The hosts were given a penalty in the 17th minute when Matthew de Ligt was judged to have handled the ball inside the area. Lautaro Martinez stepped up and fired the spot-kick past goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, bringing the game level.
Martinez almost had a second goal soon after but was denied by a great save from Szczesny. Ronaldo had a goal disallowed for offside minutes later as the teams went into the break level.
Juventus started the second-half in good form as Federico Bernardeschi forced Samir Handanovic into a save. Inter also went close as Matias Vecino had an effort deflected inches over the crossbar.
The game went end to end as both sides fought for a winner. But with 10 minutes remaining, the visitors got the crucial second goal. Rodrigo Bentancur played a pass through to substitute Higuain, and he fired past Handanovic to give Juventus the victory.
AFP reported that the match-winner Higuain spoke after the game and praised his team's display.
"We played a great game against the most solid team in the league, who had won six out of six," Higuain said. "This is a great start to the season, but it's still early, and we want to fight on all fronts."