As for PSG, they had to withstand jeers from their own supporters as Kylian Mbappé scored a brace in a 5-1 win over Lorient. A brace each from Kylian Mbappe and Neymar plus another strike from Lionel Messi ensured ‘Les Parisiens’ restored their 12-point lead at the top of Ligue 1, meaning it’s only a matter of time before they reclaim their crown as French champions.
Simone Inzaghi’s side boosted their own aspirations of retaining the Scudetto and remain in third, just three points adrift of city rivals and league leaders AC Milan while the hosts 16-match unbeaten run in Serie A comes to an end.
Inter Milan recorded their first win at the Allianz Stadium since November 2012 after showing excellent defensive resolve in a 1-0 win away at Juventus, courtesy of a first half injury time penalty converted by Hakan Calhanoglu.
FULL-TIME AT THE ALLIANZ STADIUM: Juventus 0-1 Inter Milan
FULL-TIME AT THE PARC DES PRINCES STADIUM: PSG 5-1 Lorient
90′ MIN: Kylian Mbappe tees up Neymar inside the box and he slams the ball past Matthieu Dreyer.
GOOOAAALLL!!! PSG 5-1 Lorient (Neymar)
73′ MIN: Kylian Mbappe plays a neat ball into the path of Lionel Messi who makes room for a shot and sends it towards the top left corner, ricocheting in off the post!
GOOOAAALLL!!! PSG 4-1 Lorient (L. Messi)
67′ MIN: Kylian Mbappe is teed up on the edge of the box by Achraf Hakimi, and his howitzer of a shot into the bottom left corner gives the keeper no chance.
GOOOAAALLL!!! PSG 3-1 Lorient (K. Mbappe)
56′ MIN: It’s a catastrophic error from the hosts which has gifted a chance to Terem Moffi, who rolls the ball into the back of the net from close range.
GOOOAAALLL!!! PSG 2-1 Lorient (T. Moffi)
SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE PARC DES PRINCES: PSG 2-0 Lorient
SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE ALLIANZ STADIUM: Juventus 0-1 Inter Milan
HALF-TIME AT THE PARC DES PRINCES: PSG 2-0 Lorient
HALF-TIME AT THE ALLIANZ STADIUM: Juventus 0-1 Inter Milan
45+4′ MIN: Hakan Calhanoglu lashes the penalty into the bottom left corner, giving the keeper no chance.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Juventus 0-1 Inter Milan (H. Calhanoglu)
45+3′ MIN: The referee has seen an infringement and Hakan Calhanoglu will have to take the penalty again!
45+2′ MIN: The ball is in the net but it’s immediately ruled out by referee Massimiliano Irrati due to a foul, much to the disappointment of the Hakan Calhanoglu (Inter) and his team.
45+1′ MIN: Wojciech Szczesny anticipates the direction of the penalty by Hakan Calhanoglu. He attempted to put the ball into the bottom left corner, but the goalkeeper was there in time to deny him.
44′ MIN: There’s a break in play and referee Massimiliano Irrati must have got a signal in his ear as he indicates he will check that earlier penalty claim by Inter using VAR. This could be interesting! It is a penalty after the VAR review.
PENALTY APPEAL after Denzel Dumfries goes down under a challenge. All players chase the referee but he’s not interested in the penalty claim. Play continues.
PENALTY!!! To Inter Milan
28′ MIN: Idrissa Gueye slips a clever pass through to Kylian Mbappe who moves inside the box and sends a measured shot beyond the keeper and into the bottom left corner.
GOOOAAALLL!!! PSG 2-0 Lorient (K. Mbappe)
12′ MIN: Kylian Mbappe lays the ball off to Neymar who shoots from close range into the left side of the goal, leaving the goalkeeper helpless.
GOOOAAALLL!!! PSG 1-0 Lorient (Neymar)
KICK-OFF AT THE PARC DES PRINCES: PSG 0-0 Lorient
KICK-OFF AT THE ALLIANZ STADIUM: Juventus 0-0 Inter Milan
Over at the Parc des Princes, the fearsome attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe will lead Les Parisiens charge upfront against Lorient. The likes of Gigi Donnarumma, skipper Marquinhos, Idrissa Gueye and Achraf Hakimi are also in the Starting line-up.
As for the visitors, coach Simone Inzaghi has listed fit-again midfielder Marcelo Brozovic after a spell out on the sidelines, while the regular suspects in Lautaro Martinez and Edin Dzeko will lead the attack for the Nerazzurri.
Juve manager Max Allegri has named a strong XI that includes the likes of Adrien Rabiot, Paulo Dybala, Dusan Vlahovic and Alvaro Morata.
The Derby d’Italia otherwise known as the Italian Derby, is one of the biggest matches in the Serie A. Tonight’s encounter is a must-win for both sides in the race for the Scudetto. Inter Milan are looking to keep their title hopes alive with a victory but Juventus are currently on a 16-game unbeaten run and look likely to secure a Top Four finish at the end of the campaign. Both sides can not afford to slip up tonight.
Hello soccer lovers! You are welcome to Apex Football’s Sunday simultaneous coverage of the Derby d’Ítalia (Italian Derby) clash between Juventus and defending Serie A champions Inter Milan at the Allianz Stadium in Turin and the Ligue 1 fixture between reigning league kings PSG and visiting Lorient at the Parc des Princes.