Mario Mandzukic hit the crossbar but Juventus drew a blank in Turin against Inter, despite the late introduction of Paulo Dybala.
Inter Milan kept Juventus under control to hold top spot in Serie A as the 169th Derby d’Italia completed in stalemate at the Allianz Stadium on Saturday.
The Nerazzurri scarcely tried remain in goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny – who was filling in for the injured Gianluigi Buffon – yet demonstrated their versatile side to close out the dominant champions in Turin.
Mario Mandzukic hit the woodwork in the first half as Juve huffed and puffed in the expectation of finding a path past Samir Handanovic in the away goal.
If the opening half was a tactical
With Dybala viewing on from the seat, Mandzukic twice had opportunities to soften the stop up a first a large portion of that saw two of Italian football’s heavyweights battle to arrive a telling blow on their rival.
the opening half was a strategic fight between two very much penetrated groups, the second turned into about Inter surviving wave after influx of fouls.
Now and again they looked set to disintegrate under the weight, just to get through the odd unnerving minute and keep up their unbeaten record this season.
Handanovic tipped over Cuadrado’s circling header yet was lucky not long after when a poor choice to seek a cross went unpunished, Miralem Pjanic driving the free ball over the substance of goal and past the far post.
Dybala’s introduction stirred one last push, both from his team-mates and the fans, yet Juve couldn’t arrive the knockout punch as they failed to score in their match of since October 2016.