Juventus v Internazionale Live Commentary & Result, 24/07/2019, International Champions Cup

Matthias de Ligt’s own goal has been the difference in this all-Italian clash. On his first start for Juventus, the Dutchman put through his own net in the 10th minute following a dangerous Inter corner. The Nerazzurri have contained the reigning Serie A champions so far and Antonio Conte will be pleased with his side’s efforts.


45′ + 2′ GREAT EFFORT! Bernardeschi bursts into life on the edge of the area and plays a neat one-two with Higuain, before firing narrowly over the crossbar with a dipping volley.

45′ We are going to have three minutes of stoppage time at the end of this first half.

43′ With 51 touches so far, Candreva has had more time on the round ball than any other soccer professional so far in this game. The Italian international has looked dangerous and given Szczesny a couple of nervy moments.

D. D’Ambrosio

Yellow Card


41′ The first yellow card of the game has been shown to D’Ambrosio following a rash challenge in the centre of the field.

40′ GOOD SAVE! Candreva tries his luck from outside the area and Szczesny has to get down well to push the effort to safety.

38′ Sensi joined Inter on loan from Sassuolo earlier this month. The 23-year-old already looks like a shrewd purchase by the way he drives his side forward and isn’t afraid to try a shot every now and again.

36′ Inter are carrying a good threat on the counter. The latest example of this sees Sensi drive forward and feed the round ball out wide before latching onto the return pass, but Juventus are able to snuff him out on this occasion.

34′ The Portugal captain has only had a couple of half-chances so far today. Inter will be happy with that so far, but are fully aware they cannot afford to take their eyes off him for a single second.

32′ Ronaldo climbs well to meet another long round ball into the Inter box, but cannot quite get the desired contact to direct it towards goal.

30′ The players are given the opportunity to get some water on board, which will be very welcome in the extremely warm weather.

28′ ALMOST! Inter go forward again with Candreva leading the charge down the right. He cuts inside before delivering a dangerous left-footed cross that has been whiskers away from nestling in the far corner. Szczesny has to watch it all the way behind for a goal kick.

26′ At the other end, following a good break, Perisic’s attempted long-range effort has been deflected behind for an Inter corner.

24′ Right on cue, Bernardeschi attempts to make something happen as he seeks out Higuain with a long diagonal round ball that just evades the striker before being gathered by Handanovic.

22′ As we hit the midway point in the first half, the game has lost some of it’s natural flow. Both sides are looking a little sloppy in possession and need to get their feet back on the round ball.

20′ OH DEAR! The fact that we are in pre-season has been demonstrated by Matuidi, who sends a relatively simple square pass well wide of its intended target and aimlessly out for a throw-in to Inter in a decent position.

18′ It has been also worth noting that, today, Conte has been facing his former club – with whom he made over 400 appearances as a soccer professional, before guiding them to three consecutive Serie A titles as a manager between 2011 and 2014.

16′ This may be a friendly but the competitive nature of the fixture has been evident with a total of seven fouls already committed between the sides.

14′ Juventus are awarded a free-kick in a good area after Ronaldo has been brought down by Gagliardini. Bernardeschi’s delivery has been met at the far post by Higuain, but his attempted cushioned volley across the face of goal evades everyone and Inter can relax.

12′ Inter go in search of a second goal almost straightaway as Sensi bursts forward before trying his luck with an effort that has been high and wide of the target.


10′ INTER LEAD!!! It has been a nightmare start for De Ligt. Enjoying a decent spell of superiority in possession, Inter force a corner which the Dutchman inadvertently diverts beyond the helpless Szczesny.

8′ It may only be pre-season but this has been very much opportunity knocks for Esposito. With Mauro Icardi reportedly set to leave Inter, the number nine shirt has been going to be up for grabs at the San Siro during the 2019-20 campaign.

6′ At the other end, Esposito forces the first corner of the match. Juventus deal with the initial delivery before the 17-year-old fires a volley wide of the target.

4′ Ronaldo just never seems to age. He may be 34 years old but remains sharper than ever as demonstrated with that early opportunity.

2′ First sight of goal for Ronaldo who, as we have seen so often over the years, cuts inside from the left before letting fly with a long-range effort. However, his strike has been straight down the throat of Handanovic.

1′ Referee Lei Zhang blows his whistle and the game has been underway!

The teams are making their way out onto the field. Kick-off has been just moments away.

With Arsenal topping the table on seven points, both sides’ hopes of winning the 2019 International Champions Cup are over. Nevertheless, this all-Italian showdown provides each team with a chance to lay down a marker ahead of the new Serie A season.

As for Inter, they make just a single change to the side that started their defeat by Manchester United on Saturday. The experienced Ivan Perisic replaces Samuele Longo and will offer support to 17-year-old striker Sebastiano Esposito, who has been given another opportunity to shine by former Juventus boss Antonio Conte.

The big story has been that Juventus’ new signing Matthijs de Ligt makes his first start for the Bianconeri since arriving from Ajax, while there has been also a maiden appearance from the start for fellow new arrival Adrien Rabiot. In the other two changes from Sunday’s defeat by Tottenham, Wojciech Szczesny replaces Gianluigi Buffon in goal and Gonzalo Higuain has been given the nod up front ahead of Mario Mandzukic.

SUBS: Daniele Padelli, Edoardo Vergani, Samuele Longo, Alessandro Bastoni, Borja Valero, Andrea Ranocchia, Michael Ntube, Lucien Agoume, Lorenzo Pirola, Nicolo Barella, Joao Mario, Facundo Colidio, Tommaso Berni, George Puscas.

INTER (3-5-2): Samir Handanovic; Danilo D’Ambrosio, Stefan de Vrij, Milan Skriniar; Antonio Candreva, Roberto Gagliardini, Marcelo Brozovic, Stefano Sensi, Dalbert; Ivan Perisic, Sebastiano Esposito.

SUBS: Gianluigi Buffon, Grigoris Kastanos, Matheus Pereira, Leonardo Loria, Pietro Beruatto, Luca Coccolo, Emre Can, Idrissa Toure, Stephy Mavididi, Alessandro Di Pardo, Mario Mandzukic, Nikolai Baden Frederiksen, Simone Muratore, Daniele Rugani, Merih Demiral.

JUVENTUS (4-3-3): Wojciech Szczesny; Joao Cancelo, Matthijs de Ligt, Leonardo Bonucci, Mattia De Sciglio; Miralem Pjanic, Adrien Rabiot, Blaise Matuidi; Federico Bernardeschi, Gonzalo Higuain, Cristiano Ronaldo.

For each side, this has been their second match of this year’s competition and both are looking to bounce back from defeats in their opening games. Inter were beaten 1-0 by Manchester United on Saturday while, the following day, Harry Kane’s last-minute wonder goal for Tottenham condemned Juventus to a 3-2 loss.

Hello and welcome to our live text commentary of the International Champions Cup fixture between Juventus and Inter at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre.



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