AC Milan joins neighbour Inter to stop Juventus at San Siro
Juventus, five time running Serie A winner started their 2016/17 campaign to lift the Scudetto for sixth straight time. But, Milan duo’s Internazionale and AC Milan, other two most successive Italian clubs are not liking Old Lady of Turin success. Both clubs halted Juventus current run at their home ground San Siro. First, Inter Milan stopped Juve winning run on matchday four defeating them at San Siro 2-1, and now city rival AC Milan made life difficult for the Juve’s star studded side registering 1-0 victory at San Siro too. San Siro has become the bully ground this season for Juventus, although they will continue to enjoy their top spot in Serie A table with their 21 points. But, AC Milan surprisingly have found themselves at 2nd with their 19 points. Italian U19 captain Manuel Locatelli scored the stunner for AC Milan to seal 1-0 victory for the hosts against defending champion, in the meantime Miralem Pjanic goal was controversially disallowed for the visitors.
Young Rossoneri side developing under coach Vincenzo Montella didn’t had much of the ball, but they fought against the champion and in the end becomes victorious at their home ground. Gianluigi Donnarumma, 17-year-old AC Milan goalkeeper and Italy’s future had a busy night watching his idol Buffon on the other side of the post and emulating him to become his replacement when Buffon hanged his boots for Italy.
Paulo Dybala first attempted a shot for Bianconeri within 45 seconds, but he was flagged offside. Then there was series of chances for both sides, but nothing came handy. In 9th minute of the game from corner ball Bonucci complained of brought down by Paletta but referee didn’t see it as a penalty for Juventus. A minute later, Niang released himself on left and find a cross for Bacca, who played it to Suso on the edge of the box but Buffon dived full-stretch to deny AC Milan attack.
In 14th minute Alves finds Sandro from his cross but he played the ball straight into Donnarumma hands. Sandro and Alves from both flanks created lot of problems for AC Milan’s defenders throughout the night. But, the only ball which goes in the net for Bianconeri was Pjanic long free kick which beats everyone into the far bottom corner in 36th minute. Donnarumma was put off by Bonucci trying and failing to meet it at full stretch. After a good two minutes of complaints, the officials disallowed the goal. However, replays showed Bonucci was not offside, Medhi Benatia was, so technically it was a valid goal.
In second-half, AC Milan’s another wonder kid Locatelli burst into the box down the right and unleashed a right-foot rocket that bounced in off the underside of the bar at the far top corner. It was absolutely unstoppable, even for Buffon, and the 18-year-old sensation’s second scorching goal of the season. Then, Cuadrado has the opportunity on the counter, but Alessio Romagnoli made a convincing tackle to deny the Colombian.
Croatian Mario Mandzukic was introduced by Juventus late into the game, but he didn’t able to make any difference. Then, Pjanic should have got a second yellow for his footing on Donnarumma head trying to make most of Cuadrado cross late into the match. Khedira launched a fierce shot in last gasp from the edge of the box but Donnarumma fingertips put the danger away and AC Milan won the game after nine attempts against the Bianconeri.
Juventus got bullied at San Siro losing both trips this season, also defeated against Inter Milan 2-1. Now, they have only two points cushion at top with 21 points and AC Milan will be trailing from them within inches of two points gap with 19 points.