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Pirlo: "Ronaldo accepts substitution for the first time"

Juventus kept hopes of participating in the Champions League alive on Saturday evening with a prestigious win in the Derby d'Italia against champions Inter Milan. In a wild game with three penalties and two sending offs, for once, Cristiano Ronaldo was not the decisive man for the old lady. Andrea Pirlo even replaced him prematurely.

What the Italian sports media usually makes headlines for days as a majesty, this time was probably quite right even for the ambitious world star. "Maybe it was the first time that Cristiano agreed to a substitution," joked Pirlo after the game Sky Italia. The 36-year-old simply had no more strength for the last 20 minutes, especially since Juventus had been outnumbered since the 55th minute.

Referee made the headlines

Rodrigo Bentancur had seen yellow-red, a tough decision by the indisposed referee Gianpaolo Calvarese. 'CR7' had already done his day's work in the first half with the opening goal in the follow-up to a missed penalty. A more than flattering penalty whistle from Calvarese for a clash between Juan Cuadrado and Ivan Perisic shortly before the end inexplicably withstood the video review. The 'fouled' Colombian competed himself and converted to the 3-2 winning goal, through which the premier class ambitions of Juventus live.

"Sunday of Hope"

Pirlo speaks of a "Sunday of the hope that someone will make a mistake". SSC Napoli could overtake Juventus again with a win at Fiorentina, while AC Milan could book their ticket for the premier class with a win over Cagliari Calcio in the evening. Meanwhile, Pirlo and Co. reach for a title during the week in the Coppa Italia. Against Atalanta, who made it clear that they were again participating in the Champions League on Saturday, the Cup will be on Wednesday evening in Reggio Emilia.