Paulo Dybala, Lautaro Martinez, Gonzalo Higuain score as Juventus beat Inter

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Romelu Lukaku failed to search out the online on his return from damage as Juventus beat Inter Milan 2-1 on Sunday, however the striker confirmed his class in an exhilarating top-of-the-table conflict on the San Siro.

Another Argentine forward Lautaro Martinez pulled Inter Milan level from the spot on 18 minutes, but coach Antonio Conte lost in his first meeting against his former club since leaving Juve to take over the Italy national team in 2014.

The victory has put Sarri's Juventus side one point ahead of Inter at the top of the Serie A table after seven matches.

The five-time Ballon d'Or victor wrote: "Very strong performance by the team today! We deserved to win". Dybala, Higuain and Ronaldo together?

The champions got off to a blistering start with Miralem Pjanic setting up Dybala who took Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic by surprise.

Ronaldo thought he had restored Juve's advantage four minutes from halftime but Dybala had strayed offside when he provided the assist and the goal was disallowed.

The hosts were hit with Stefano Sensi going off injured with Sarri making a double substitution after an hour bringing on in-form Higuain and Rodrigo Bentacur.

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The Belgian has scored three targets since his £74million transfer from Manchester United and may have been determined so as to add to his tally towards Juve, however Gonzalo Higuain stole the headlines with a late victor for the Serie A champions.

"We should not forget that Juventus have been on this course for a long time", said Conte, who led the Bianconeri to the first three of their eight successive titles.

"Juve is in another category from all points of view, we can not compare to them", said Inter manager Antonio Conte.

Fourth-placed Napoli, on 13 points, were held 0-0 at Torino while AS Roma, fifth with 12, drew 1-1 at home to Cagliari.

"We said a lot of wrong things during the transfer window, but I stayed here, that's what I wanted".

Atalanta marked its first match in its newly renovated stadium with a dominant 3-1 victory over Lecce.

But what looked like a victor from Kalinic was disallowed without a VAR review for a foul on Fabio Pisacane which saw the Cagliari defender stretchered off.