Juventus completes seasonal double over AC Milan with a 3-1 win
Carlos Tevez, Leonardo Bonucci and Alvaro Morata strike at Juventus Stadium to secure a seasonal double over the struggling Rossoneri.
Juventus beat fierce rival AC Milan 3-1 in Il Vero Derby D’Italia to move 10 points clear at the top of Serie A on Saturday as coach Massimiliano Allegri completed a double over Milan, which sacked him a little more than a year ago.
The Rossoneri started the match very brightly as they had majority of the possession and quite surprisingly they were looking sharp unless Argentinean Carlos Tevez broke the deadlock on 14 minutes.
As seen in the replay, Tevez was marginally offside when Alvaro Morata played the ball over to the Argentinean but the referee didn’t raised his flag, Tevez one on one with Diego Lopez rolled the ball under him and gave the home side a early lead at the Juventus Stadium.
Juventus looked more fearsome since then unless a precise corner from Alessio Cerci found debutant Luca Antonelli who headed in perfectly to level the score 1-1 on 28th minutes.
The celebration was cut short when a corner from Andrea Pirlo finds Carlos Tevez whose header rolled to defender Leandro Bonucci who made no mistake and once again gave lead to Juventus on 30th minutes.
Milan suffered another setback as in-form French forward Jeremy Menez limped off to be replaced by Giampaolo Pazzini, but they would avoid conceding in embarrassing fashion as Lopez managed to cover Michael Essien’s careless backpass in the 41st minute.
Gianluigi Buffon turned on the heroics to deny Pazzini when play resumed – the former Inter Milan striker had snaffled Antonelli’s clever through-ball before being denied.
Alvaro Morata sealed the result in the 65th as Juventus continued to march toward a fourth successive title.
“We had a good game, but after we went ahead we were a bit weak,” Allegri said. “We suffered too much from Milan’s dead-ball situations. We have to improve that attitude.”
“These are three very important points. The lads were good, they really wanted this win. There was no sense of revenge, I’m the coach of Juventus.”
The victory takes the reigning champions 10 points above nearest challengers Roma, who will look to keep up the pressure when they play today in Cagliari.
Milan are down to 10th in Serie A with two easy fixtures coming up for them, Empoli and Cesena, respectively at San Siro. Pippo’s men need to turn things around unless it proves to be more fatal for the Rossoneris.
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