Lukaku scores late equalizer to draw against Juve

Lukaku scores late equalizer to draw against Juve

Romelu Lukaku scores a late equalizer and gets sent off afterward as the Derby d’Italia had a dramatic finish. The Nerazzurri were close to losing third time against Juventus this season, but the Belgian striker converted from the spot in the last kick of the match. However, he received some racial remarks from the crowd and was shushing them, and the referee decided to hand him a red card. Inter looked clueless in attack and were passing sideways. They could not move the ball quickly to find space in Juve’s compact low block.

Inzaghi made a few changes as he brought Dzeko and Lautaro back into the lineup. Dumfries was on the bench, and D’Ambrosio started in the back three with Darmian ahead of him. While, Handanovic got a start ahead of Onana. The Nerazzurri captain had to make a save in the opening minutes to deny Di Maria.

Inter then settled into the game, while Juve were comfortable sitting back and letting Inter have more possession. Vlahovic looked isolated at the front, and Juve could not progress forward after winning the ball. However, Inter did not find many openings and missed Calhanoglu’s creativity in the midfield. Dimarco had a brilliant chance at the end of the half but Bremer managed to block it.

Lukaku scores a late equalizer

Lukaku scores a late equalizer to nullify Juve’s lead

Juve were more proactive in the second half, as they were now willing to push bodies forward after getting possession. Vlahovic had a chance to put Juve ahead after meeting Fiagoli’s cross, but his header just went over the bar. Inter regained control as Juve were again happy to sit back and soak all the pressure.

Inzaghi then decided to bring Lukaku for Dzeko, who had an average game. The Bianconeri got the lead in the 83rd minute when Rabiot’s cross was cleared, but Cuadrado received it near the far post. Handanovic came forward early, which gave the Colombian enough space to find the net, and diving Bastoni could not stop it.

The Nerazzurri got a lifeline in the end as the ball touched Bremer’s arm when he failed to meet the ball with his head. Lukaku stepped up to take the penalty and sent Perin the wrong way to make it 1-1. The Belgian striker was at the receiving end of some racial abuse from the fans, and he got a red card because of his reaction. Handanovic and Cuadrado also received red cards after a post-match tussle.

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