Juventus F.C. vs A.C. Milan


Serie A

March 10th

Juventus Stadium, Turin, Italy


29′ Benatia

43′ Bacca

90’+2′ Sosa Sent off (Second bookable offence)

90’+7′ Dybala (P)

Thanks for joining us.

FT: The result means that Juventus extend their lead at the top of the league to 11 points as they move onto 70 points whilst Milan remain in seventh on 50 points before the rest of the weekend’s fixtures.

FT: The defeat was harsh on Milan, who despite seeing less of the ball, put in a valiant defensive display only to be harshly punished for handball. The visitors created a few chances in the second-half. First Ocampos fired an effort just wide from-range before substitute Poli drilled an effort over the bar after Sosa forced Buffon into a good save from-range. In the end a harsh decision from the referee has cost Milan.

FT: The hosts thoroughly dominated the match and created a number of chances but were aided by the referee’s decision to award Juventus a penalty after De Sciglio was harshly punished for handball from a yard out. First Pjanić’s freekick was palmed away by Donnarumma before Bacca sliced a clearance over his own bar after a Pjanić corner. Khedira then spurned a great chance with a tame strike following a Higuaín pass before Pjaca fired an effort just wide. Then Donnarumma palmed a dangerous Pjanić delivery onto the bar following a corner before Pjaca side-footed an effort harmlessly over the bar on the volley. Khedira and Higuaín were then fantastically denied by Donnarumma, who then terrifically denied the Argentine again after the former Real Madrid  and Napoli striker fired an effort inches wide on the volley. That was before Dybala fired home the penalty past Donnarumma.

FT: So Juventus extend their lead at the top of Serie A by 11 points after a late contentious penalty scored by Dybala.

FT: The referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.

90’+7′ Goal!! Dybala fires the penalty home despite Donnarumma guessing right.

90’+4′ Penalty!! De Sciglio is very harshly penalised for handball after Lichtsteiner’s cross strikes the Italian’s arm from a yard-out.

90’+4′ Chance!! Higuaín controls a lofted pass from Alves before firing an effort that Donnarumma terrifically palms away.

90’+3′ Close!! Bonucci sends in a teasing delivery that Higuaín meets on the volley but his acrobatic effort flies inches wide of the target.

90’+2′ Dismissal!! Sosa receives a second yellow card for a cynical challenge on Asamoah.

90′ There will be four additional minutes.

89′ Final Milan change sees Ocampos replaced by Leonel Vangioni.

89′ Pjanić fires the freekick harmlessly off-target.

88′ Final Juventus change sees Moise Kean replace Pjaca.

88′ Sosa is booked for a foul on Dybala and concedes a freekick in a dangerous position.

86′ Khedira is booked for a cynical foul on Bertolacci.

84′ The delivery is eventually dealt with by the visitors.

83′ Dybala wins a freekick in a good position.

82′ Sosa’s freekick hits his own player and drifts behind for a goalkick.

80′ Ocampos wins a freekick in a good position.

80′ Deulofeu is penalised for a foul.

79′ The corner comes to nothing as the delivery is overhit.

78′ Bonucci concedes a corner.

77′ Second Juventus change sees Daniele Rugani replace Benatia.

77′ Pjanić is booked for dissent.

76′ Chance!! Poli receives the ball in a good position but he can only fire the ball over the bar.

76′ Chance!! Deulofeu almost latches onto a underhit Benatia back-pass but Buffon gets there ahead of the winger to clear the danger.

74′ Close!! Sosa fires an effort that Buffon palms away.

73′ The delivery is met by Bonucci, but he heads the ball harmlessly off-target.

72′ Close!! Khedira fires a powerful effort that Donnarumma palms away into the path of Higuaín, whose acrobatic effort is tipped behind by the keeper.

70′ Lichtsteiner wins a freekick.

70′ Second Milan change sees Andrea Poli replace Pašalić.

67′ Close!! Ocampos fires an effort just wide of the target from-range.

65′ Close!! The delivery is dangerous and evades everyone before drifting just wide.

65′ Alves is penalised for a foul.

64′ Chance!! Alves wonderfully picks out Pjaca with a cross but the Croatian striker side-foots his volley harmlessly over the bar.

62′ Asamoah wins a freekick.

61′ The corner comes to nothing as Benatia is penalised for a foul.

60′ The delivery is cleared before Romagnoli concedes another corner. Romagnoli is booked for dissent as he believed that Bonucci got the last touch, which he did.

60′ So close!! The corner is taken short to Pjanić, whose dangerous delivery is awkwardly palmed onto the bar by Donnarumma with the loose ball going behind for a corner.

59′ Paletta concedes a corner.

58′ Chance!! De Sciglio fails to clear the ball away and Pjaca pounces on the loose ball to fire an effort inches wide of the far-post.

57′ De Sciglio is penalised for a foul.

56′ Ocampos is booked for a kick-out on Bonucci.

55′ Pašalić is booked for a foul on

54′ First Milan change sees Bacca replaced by Juraj Kucka.

51′ Chance!! Pjaca gets to the by-line and pulls the ball back to Higuaín, who tees up Khedira, but his effort is tame and Donnarumma palms the ball away before the loose ball is cleared by De Sciglio.

51′ The delivery is cleared.

50′ Close!! Pjanić’s dangerous delivery causes havoc for Bacca, who miscues his clearance inches over his own bar.

49′ Close!! Pjanić curls the freekick over the wall but Donnarumma palms the effort behind.

48′ Pjaca wins a freekick in a good position after a foul from Zapata.

47′ Higuaín is caught offside

46′ Dybala wins a freekick.

45′ Alves is caught offside.

45′ Juventus get the second-half underway.

45′ During the interval the hosts make their first change with Stephan Lichtsteiner replacing Barzagli.

HT: So will Juventus find the next goal or will Milan frustrate the league leaders and find a goal themselves? Join us again for the second-half.

HT: Juventus will need to get Dybala on the ball given the threat he possesses, Higuaín also needs to get more involved but will require better service. The hosts need to be more clinical in front of goal but need to be aware of the threat Milan pose on the counter-attack. The Rossoneri will need to defend much better than they did in the first-half. They were on the back-foot early-on and couldn’t find the cutting-edge in the final-third but have been a threat on the break and will need to continue to be more clinical against a well-drilled Juventus side. The visitors will also need to provide Bacca with better service as the striker possesses the quality to get behind the best of defences and find the net as demonstrated with his equaliser.

HT: The visitors have created many chances in truth and are fortunate to have just been one goal behind thanks to Donnarumma, before drawing level with their first meaningful opportunity which was taken clinically well by Bacca.

HT: The hosts have dominated the first-half and created a number of opportunities but haven’t been clinical enough and it has cost them the lead. First Pjaca forced Donnarumma into a fine save before Khedira fired the rebound over the bar via a deflection. Pjaca then curled an effort just wide after Dybala thought he should have had a penalty following a late challenge by Zapata. Dybala then tested Donnarumma from a half-volley from-range before Benatia headed just wide following the resulting-corner. Higuaín then went close but Donnarumma made a fine save before Dybala’s effort was charged-down. Benatia then volleyed home after nice Juventus build-up before Khedira volleyed an effort wide of the target following a Pjanić freekick.

HT: So we’re level at the break with a goal apiece.

45’+1′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.

45′ There will be one additional minute.

43′ Goal!! Deulofeu surges forward before playing Bacca through on-goal and the Colombian fires the ball home through the legs of Buffon with the outside of the foot.

40′ Asamoah wins a freekick after a foul from Ocampos.

38′ Deulofeu is booked for simulation.

35′ Benatia is booked for a foul on Bacca.

33′ Chance!! The delivery from Pjanić is cleared to Khedira, but he miscues his volley and fires the ball wide.

33′ Sosa is penalised for a foul on Pjanić.

31′ Alves makes the most of a foul from Pašalić.

30′ Deulofeu is penalised for a foul on Asamoah.

29′ Goal!! Brilliant Juventus play ends with Alves finding the onside-Benatia, who chests the ball before volleying home.

26′ Play resumes.

26′ The ball is put out of play after Sosa is down with an injury.

24′ Pjaca wins a freekick.

23′ Close!! Higuaín fires an effort that Donnarumma does well to palm away before a Dybala strike is charged-down before falling kindly to the Milan keeper.

22′ Pašalić is booked for a late challenge on Pjanić, who made the most of it.

21′ Bertolacci wins a freekick after a foul from Alves.

19′ Asamoah wins a freekick after a foul from Deulofeu.

18′ The delivery is met by Bonucci but his header lacks power and Donnarumma makes an easy save.

17′ Dybala fires an effort from a tight-angle that deflects behind for a corner.

10′ Chance!! The corner is initially cleared before Dybala cross is headed wide by Benatia.

9′ Close!! Dybala fires an effort on the half-volley from-range that Donnarumma palms behind for a corner.

7′ Close!! Dybala dribbles past three players before being caught by Zapata, but the ball falls to Pjaca, who curls the ball inches wide of the far-post. The Juventus players want a penalty but there wasn’t much contact and the referee is unmoved.

6′ Asamoah wins a freekick.

5′ Play resumes.

4′ The referee halts play as Bonucci is down with an injury and is receiving treatment. The defender has to leave the field to get the all-clear.

4′ The corner is cleared.

3′ Close!! Pjaca forces Donnarumma into a fine save with the keeper palming the ball away into the path of Khedira, who fires an effort just over the bar via a deflection.

2′ Alves is penalised for a foul on Bertolacci.

1′ The delivery is cleared by Dybala.

0′ Benatia concedes a corner.

0′ Milan get the game underway.

Team news:

Juventus F.C.: Gianluigi Buffon (GK), Kwadwo Asamoah, Leonardo Bonucci, Medhi Benatia, Andrea Barzagli, Sami Khedira, Miralem Pjanić, Marko Pjaca, Paulo Dybala, Dani Alves, Gonzalo Higuaín

A.C. Milan: Gianluigi Donnarumma (GK), Matti De Sciglio, Alessio Romagnoli, Gabriel Paletta, Cristián Zapata, Andrea Bertolacci, José Sosa, Mario Pašalić, Lucas Ocampos, Carlos Bacca, Gerard Deulofeu


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