Inter 1 Juventus 1: Ronaldo hits 600th club goal

Juventus fell behind to a long-range strike from Radja Nainggolan but Cristiano Ronaldo's 600th career club goal earned the side a 1-1 draw.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 600th goal of his club career.   -  Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 600th career club goal to earn Serie A champion Juventus a 1-1 draw in its Derby d'Italia clash with Inter at San Siro on Saturday.

The Portuguese superstar hit the milestone in the 62nd minute, rescuing his side after it fell behind to Radja Nainggolan's stunning early strike.

Wojciech Szczesny could perhaps have done more to keep out Nainggolan's first-half effort, which put Inter on course for a win that would have boosted its top-three hopes.

But Ronaldo struck to ensure Juve, who celebrated an eighth successive Scudetto last week with a 2-1 victory over Fiorentina, dodged just a third league defeat of the campaign.

Juve was rattled by Inter's fast start to the match, falling behind inside seven minutes when Nainggolan thumped a scooped pass from Matteo Politano into the back of the net from 25 yards.

Szczesny failed to keep out the strike despite getting an arm to it, but he responded well by denying Mauro Icardi and Stefan de Vrij in the space of 20 seconds, the latter wasting a free header from six yards out.

Juve, whose only on target shot in the first half came from a Leonardo Bonucci drive in the opening minute, would have been further behind at the break had Blaise Matuidi not made a vital block to prevent Icardi firing home.

The visitor hit back just after the hour mark as Ronaldo picked out the bottom-right corner with a crisp drive after being teed up by a Miralem Pjanic backheel.

Ivan Perisic and substitute Joao Mario had shots saved in the final 10 minutes but neither team - Pjanic was kept out for Juve beforehand - found a way through in an end-to-end conclusion to the match.

 

What does it mean? Inter fail to tighten grip on third

The three points were there for the taking from Inter's perspective, but it had to settle for a draw.

Roma's 3-0 win over Cagliari earlier in the day means it closed to within four points of Luciano Spalletti's side, and AC Milan and Atalanta could reduce that to just two if they win their games in hand.

Ronaldo hits landmark goal

On the back of his blank against Fiorentina it looked like being another frustrating match for Ronaldo. The five-time Ballon d'Or winner fired over from 20 yards in his only sight of goal in the first half and then had a shot blocked by De Vrij early in the second. However, he found a way through after exchanging passes with Pjanic to end his wait for a 600th club goal.

Szczesny fails to make his case

There has been talk that Juve will turn to David de Gea to replace Szczesny ahead of next season. The Polish keeper hardly covered himself in glory with his attempt to keep out Nainggolan's opener, as well struck as it was, and it may speed up the process of bringing in a new high-profile number one.

Key Opta Facts

- Ronaldo has scored at least 20 goals in his last 10 top-flight campaigns.
- Massimiliano Allegri has fielded 34 different starting line-ups in the current Serie A season.
- Juve has conceded at least once in six straight games in all competitions for the first time since June 2015.
- Nainggolan has scored 14 of his 40 Serie A goals from outside the box.

What's next?

Inter travels to struggler Udinese next Saturday, while Juve faces local rival Torino at Allianz Stadium on Friday.

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