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Dybala dazzles before empty stands as coronavirus forces fans to stay home | Nicky Bandini

Eerie atmospheres and uncertainty greeted Serie A sides, but the Juventus forward still conjured something special

Paulo Dybala did not require an audience. The Juventus forward was not thinking about the empty stand behind him as he accelerated down the right wing at the Allianz Stadium. He did not stop to contemplate the quiet as he cushioned Rodrigo Bentancur’s cross-field pass on his instep and cut inside Ashley Young. Dybala was not dazzled by the banks of white seats before him as he exchanged a one-two with Aaron Ramsey, wrongfooted Young for a second time and slipped an outside-of-the-boot finish beyond Samir Handanovic in the Internazionale goal.

It was a strike worthy of winning one of Serie A’s most keenly anticipated matches in years. A Derby d’Italia that pitted Juventus and Inter against one another as genuine title rivals for the first time in almost two decades. A game that had already been postponed once and now, after a week of chaos and confusion, was finally taking place behind closed doors.

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