Juventus beats Inter 1-0 to open up 11-point lead in Serie A

Juventu's Mario Mandzukic, left, scores his side's opening goal during the Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Inter Milan at the Turin Allianz

Juventu's Mario Mandzukic, left, scores his side's opening goal during the Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Inter Milan at the Turin Allianz

Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo, 3rd from left, heads the ball during the Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Inter Milan at the Turin Allianz stadi

Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo, 3rd from left, heads the ball during the Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Inter Milan at the Turin Allianz stadi

Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti enters the pitch prior to the Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Inter Milan at the Turin Allianz stadium,

Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti enters the pitch prior to the Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Inter Milan at the Turin Allianz stadium,

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri gestures during the Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Inter Milan at the Turin Allianz stadium, Italy, Fri

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri gestures during the Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Inter Milan at the Turin Allianz stadium, Italy, Fri

Juventus' Joao Cancelo, right, challenges Inter's Marcelo Brozovic  during the Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Inter Milan at the Turin Alli

Juventus' Joao Cancelo, right, challenges Inter's Marcelo Brozovic during the Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Inter Milan at the Turin Alli

Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo performs an acrobatic kick during the Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Inter Milan at the Turin Allianz stadium,

Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo performs an acrobatic kick during the Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Inter Milan at the Turin Allianz stadium,

Juventus' Paulo Dybala is challenged by Inter's Roberto Gagliardini, right, during the Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Inter Milan at the Tu

Juventus' Paulo Dybala is challenged by Inter's Roberto Gagliardini, right, during the Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Inter Milan at the Tu

TURIN, Italy (AP) — Mario Mandzukic often scores important goals and he did so again as he helped Juventus to a 1-0 win over title rival Inter Milan in the Derby d'Italia on Friday.

The imposing Croatia striker headed home in the 66th minute after Inter had missed a couple of golden opportunities as Juventus continued its seemingly unstoppable march to an eighth successive Serie A title.

Juventus has an 11-point lead over second-placed Napoli, which hosts lowly Frosinone on Saturday. Third-place Inter is now 14 points behind Juventus.

Paulo Dybala had the first chance of the match but headed Cristano Ronaldo's cross over the bar after drifting into the penalty area.

Inter had two great chances in quick succession. Mauro Icardi did well to hold the ball up and pick out a good run from an unmarked Roberto Gagliardini, but his scuffed finish came off the inside of the right post.

Moments later Icardi and Ivan Perisic both went for a Matteo Politano cross and ended up colliding with each other.

Juventus began to take control and Marcelo Brozovic had to desperately slide in to block Rodrigo Bentancur's effort.

Veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini scored his first goal in two years in last week's 3-0 win at Fiorentina and he almost got another one but he headed the resulting corner narrowly over.

Juventus finally broke the deadlock when former Inter midfielder Joao Cancelo put in a delightful cross from the left for Mandzukic — who netted in the World Cup final defeat to France — to nod in at the far post.

There was more positive news for Juventus as midfielder Emre Can came on late on for his first appearance for the Bianconeri since Oct. 6, having undergone surgery to have a thyroid nodule removed.

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