Inter Cruz to Juve win
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
A Julio Cruz double and a single strike from Obafemi Martins were enough to give Inter a shock win and inflict the first defeat of the season on leaders Juventus.
Inter made light of their injury problems by breaking the deadlock after just ten minutes with a fabulous free kick from Cruz.
Martins was crudely brought down on the edge of the box by Paolo Montero as he tried to race clear on goal and Cruz made Juve pay from the resulting free kick curling his shot past the despairing Gianluigi Buffon.
Juve had struggled to get into the contest, but they missed a glorious chance to draw level on the half hour when the Mauro Camoranesi somehow blazed his shot from inside the six-yard box over the crossbar after the ball broke nicely to him from a free kick.
Inter were indebted to Ivan Cordoba for maintaining their lead five minutes later when he brilliant blocked David Trezeguet's volley after he was brilliantly set-up by Pavel Nedved.
The visitors continued to look dangerous in the second half and they doubled their lead on 69 minutes when Cruz worked his way into the box and although Buffon saved the Argentine ace's first shot he was on hand to tap home the rebound.
Inter put the game beyond Juve with the third from Martins five minutes later after the Nigerian striker robbed Niccola Legrottaglie of possession outside the box and kept his cool to fire past Buffon.
Juve grabbed a late consolation in the final minute when Montero headed home from close-range after Emre had cleared Alessio Tacchinardi's first header off the line, but it was too little too late for the home side.
Siena moved into seventh spot in Serie A with an impressive 3-0 win over a disappointing Lazio.
Rodrigo Taddei fired the hosts in front on 40 minutes and he stunned Lazio doubling the lead with a quick-fire second just two minutes later.
Lazio fought to get back into the game, but any hopes they had of getting anything from the game evaporated when captain Dejan Stankovic was sent off on 67 minutes.
Siena made the extra man advantage count adding a third in stoppage time from Fernando Menegazzo to complete a miserable day for Roberto Mancini's men.
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