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Juve lose top spot with Inter Milan loss

dpadpa 18/09/2016 Alberto Cagliano

Inter Milan have beaten Juventus 2-1, allowing Napoli to take the lead in Italy's Serie A standings after their 3-1 win against Bologna earlier on the weekend.

Juventus lost 2-1 from a winning position in a classic match on Sunday at Inter Milan, slipping to second place, one point behind Napoli in Italy's Serie A.

The Turin champions stayed on nine points from four games as the Neapolitans are top on 10 after Saturday's 3-1 win against Bologna.

Captain Mauro Icardi and substitute Ivan Perisic scored to push Inter level on seven points with Chievo, Lazio and Roma, who lost 1-0 in an evening game at Fiorentina, being stunned by a late Milan Badelj drive.

"Juve are the team I have scored more against (seven goals from eight games)," Icardi said. "This is the 'derby of Italy' and there is always this incredible tension."

A highly tactical first half saw the Nerazzuri striker Eder fire wide as Icardi grazed the far post after getting the better of Giorgio Chiellini.

Juve kept Gonzalo Higuain on the bench for Mario Mandzukic, missing their best chances through Paulo Dybala and when the unmarked Sami Khedira sent a harmless header at Samir Handanovic.

The game's pace revved up around the hour as Icardi set up Antonio Candreva for a volley in the 63rd minute, and Juve struck on 66 with Stephan Lichtsteiner flicking in a cross from the left by a devastating Alex Sandro.

Icardi's reply came two minutes later with a textbook header on the left of Gianluigi Buffon from Ever Banega's corner kick.

Higuain replaced Mandzukic on 74 minutes after Eder gave way to Perisic, who on 78 headed into the same corner after a blunder from Kwadwo Asamoah let Inter break.

A Higuain header went wide before Miralem Pjanic missed a free-kick with seven minutes left in the last chance for the Bianconeri to level.

Banega was sent off with a second yellow card in the 90th minute.

"Of course Juventus are team who give you added motivation," Inter coach Frank de Boer said.

"We said we wanted to play as a team for 90 minutes, which we didn't do in the Europa League (losing 2-0 on Thursday to Beer Sheva). We didn't lose our heads when we went a goal down - we started to fight. The team played really well, and we battled from the first to the last minute. I think we deserved to win."

Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri said that after three opening wins the Bianconeri now have their feet back on the ground.

"Our problem tonight primarily lay in the fact that we made too many mistakes and rushed things when we should have been controlling possession better," Allegri said.

Earlier in Cagliari, veteran Marco Borriello struck twice in a 3-0 win over visiting Atalanta, where he played part of the last season.

Elsewhere, Sassuolo beat 10-man Genoa 2-0, Torino and Empoli drew 0-0, and promoted Crotone stayed bottom while clinching their first point from a 1-1 draw against Palermo.

Chievo bounced back to stun hosts Udinese 2-1 in a Sunday program opener.

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