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Dybala penalty saves Juventus at Inter

MILAN: Paulo Dybala saved Juventus on Sunday (Oct 24) with a controversial late penalty which earned his team a 1-1 draw at Inter Milan, while Napoli's perfect start to the season came to an end with a goalless draw at Roma.

Argentina forward Dybala slotted home his spot-kick with a minute left after Denzel Dumfries was ruled to have kicked Alex Sandro, a decision that enraged Inter to the point that coach Simone Inzaghi was sent off by referee Maurizio Mariani.

Juve are up to sixth on 15 points, level with Atalanta and Fiorentina, while champions Inter stay seven points behind Napoli and city rivals AC Milan in the title race.

Inter thought they had won the match thanks to a goal from Edin Dzeko, who rolled into an empty net in the 17th minute after Hakan Calhanoglu's rocket of a shot rebounded to him off the crossbar.

It was another important goal from Dzeko, who also starred in Inter's 3-1 Champions League win over Sheriff Tiraspol midweek and has quickly become a fan favourite at the San Siro after arriving from Roma in the summer.

Juve were fortunate to get a point, not only because of the way the penalty came about, but because of another underwhelming display.

Massimiliano Allegri's side offered little in the way of goal threat even after the introduction of Federico Chiesa and Dybala just after the hour mark.

Inter meanwhile were livid at being denied a win in what is traditionally their biggest domestic home match of the season thanks to what they saw a very soft penalty.

Source: AFP

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