AC Milan 0-2 Juventus: match report
Is this the end of the line for Milan coach Montella?
A blunt performance from his side at a packed San Siro may be the final straw for the new owners of the Milanese giants, who desperately need to secure a Champions League place for their side to off-set the financial loan deals placed to finance the new look 2017/18 Rossoneri.
Things could have been so different had Kalinic scored on the stroke of half-time as he lashed his shot against Gigi Buffon's crossbar when it appeared easier to hit the target.
It was the only clear-cut chance that the men in red and black carved out all night and as the match transpired the lack of cutting edge and creative thrust from the Milanese outfit became glaring.
The outcome of the contest was decided by Gonzalo Higuain who fired home both goal 100 and 101 in Serie A to see "The Old Lady" top the Serie A standings, albeit momentarily as both Napoli and Inter are in action on Sunday.
A disciplined, solid, accomplished and professional performance from Allegri's men with more question marks rather than answers beckoning for Milan.
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90'+4' That's it .. Milan fall at home 0-2 to two fine Gonzalo Higuain strikes for Juve. Trouble for the Milanese side and questions will be asked no doubt about coach Montella.
AS English Man-of-the-match: Higuain
Card for Zapata after a clash with Matudi
90' Into the last minute we go ... Juve fans celebrating a win that for the moment sees them top the Serie A pile ... 4 minutes of time to be added.
89' Fans starting to leave San Siro now...they've seen enough as their team still are unable to find a way past this resolute Juve back-line
88' Zapata brings down Higuain in a challenge laden with frustration....
85' 5' left... the final five minutes of Montella's reign at this ambitious AC Milan project? Remember the club needs a Champions League place to pay-back the loan deals that owner Lee Yong Hong secured. Troubling times for the Rrossoneri.
82' Mandzukic is down after a clash with Zapata. Usual angst ridden face from the Croatian international as the camera pans to a troubled looking Montella on the Milan bench.
Final chage for Juve: Matudi for Khedira
79' A third Juve goal seems closer to anything from Milan as we head into the final ten minutes of what has been a fine match
Final change in the Milan ranks as Silva comes on for Calhanoglu
76' Pjanic corner finds Dybala and the Argentine strikes a fantastic volley which is easily gathered by Donnarumma in the Milan goal. What technique from the No. 10 !!!!
Dybala in action in his classic black boots
75' Rugani takes a knock but seems ok to carry-on... still plenty of noise coming from the Milan fans as they push their side on.
73' Chelini rises and heads just over. The match official alledges he was pushing so a Milan free kick is awarded.
70' 20' remain at San Siro ... Do Milan have a reply? What will the outcome hold for Montella ? Stay with us and at lesast one of those questions will get answered.
Change for Juve : Alex Sandro on as Asamoah makes way
A pic all Juve fans will enjoy...
63' So...what can Milan do now ? They've huffed and puffed all evening without really troubling Buffon.... how much will they rue the 45th minute crossbar?
Barzaglia comes on for Lichtsteiner (Juve)
Goal 101 for the Argentine in Serie A
Higuain... Gooooolazzzzo .... rifles the ball in off the post: Milan 0-2 Juve
63' Still Milan passing the ball around with purpose but not able to get the ball in danger zones .....
Locatelli for Abate as Milan make a change ..Biglia also makes way for Antonelli
60' Possession stat just ahead of the hour mark: Still the home side dominating the ball with Milan 62/38 Juve (%)
Juve sitting deep nowm content to sit on the goal and strike on the counter...
55' Suso pulls the ball back from the by-line and Kalinic's shot is deflected wide. Better from he home side as they search out for the equaliser.
53' The ball falls to Kessie but the former Atalanta player drives the ball high and up into row X of the San Siro.
52' Suso lookimng the brightest player for the home side and the player most likely to find an opening in the Juve rear-guard.
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri at San Siro tonight
49' Corner count ranking on the 49' mark: Milan 4-5 Juve
48' More pressure from Milan as Juve launch a counter attack with the ball failing to find Mandzukic
46' Off we go...second half action at San Siro ... no changes at the interval as match official Paolo Valeri blows his whistle ...
Sides making their way back to the San Siro turf. Slightly cruel on the home side being a goal behind... Montella emerges from the tunnel looking relaxed.
What could defeat today at the ands of Juve mean for AC Milan coach Vincenzo Montella?
45' Milan strike the bar in the last minute of the half ... So close as Kalinic hits the crossbar
The Higuain goal was his 100th SerieA strike !
Juventus' Gonzalo Higuain celebrates scoring his side's first goal during a Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Juventus
40' Suso delivers a fine ball, chested down but Kalinic drills over....
39' Pjanic to take a dangerous Juve free-kick as the ball breaks to Chellini who fires high and over the Milan goalmouth.
36' Juve are so, so well organised at the back.... Milan just lacking that touch of creativity to open the black & white rear-guard.
Correction ...the card was awarded to Kessie.
First card of the night for Suso for a late challenge ...
31' A long range cross drifts past everyone and almost sneaks in past Buffon .... Milan pushing but all ariel deliveries being dealt with admirably by the Juve central defenders.
30' Milan not phased by the adverse scoreline and keep probing but the bianconeri rear-guard remains resolute....
28' Possession just before the half an hour mark ... Milan 58% - Juve 42%
What a strike from the Argentine and what excellent build-up play with Dybala involved. Milan go close as Borino fires a ball into the "mixer" but no red/black shirted player is able to make contact.
Higuain puts Juve ahead ... Milan 0-1 Juve
23' Goooooooooooool..... Juve go ahead with a rocket from Higuain
21' Just one shot on target per side as we head into the 21st minute.... the corresponding fixture at San Siro last season saw Milan win-out with a 1-0 win...
19' Lichtsteiner picks up a knock and is forced to leave the pitch for medical attention.
18' Fine strike from Dybala, unleashing a left fot drive straight at Donnarumma. The match is nicely balanced after Milan's early flurry...
Juventus’ Giorgio Chiellini in action with AC Milan’s Nikola Kalinic
15' No real threat on goal to report from either side but Juve now easing their way into the action with more possession....
13' Here's the Milan banner teasing Juve about their failings in Champions League finals...
10' Camera pans on Leo Bonucci who is suspended for the game against his old side following his dismissal in last week's home game vs Genoa.
9' First corner of the night goes to Milan as there is no let up from the men in red and black...
7' Juve suffering here as Suso tries a half-volley and the ball bobbles dangerously around the Juve box. Eventually the danger abates but Milan coach Montella has his side certainly fired up for the game.
5' Bright start from Milan with Juve yet to make any headway in the opposition half ... all the play in the Juve half
Fans in the Curva Sud ahead of the match...(AC Milan v Juventus - San Siro, Milan)
3' Early initiative being taken by the home side forcing Buffon to punch away as a wall of sound envelops San Siro from the home fans
The legend that is/was Paolo Maldini is in the VIP section and has just been joined by life-long Milan fan Mario Balotelli ....
Off we go ... Serie A is back in vogue after a few years in the wilderness.... a classic at San Siro beckons ... its Milan..it's Juve ....
More at stake for Milan today with a victory vital to get their wavering season back on track. Juve keen to keep pace with Napoli & Inter at the Serie A summit.
A sold-out San Siro greets the team with an excellent halloween inspired tifo from the Curva Sud....(we'll get a pic of that up later ....)
Teams emerging from the tunnel... Milan in their classic red and black stripes, white shorts & socks. Juve in their iconic black & white stripes with black shorts today. One of the great. great games traditionally in Serie A... its #MilanJuve
A mild Milan evening in store with a temperature of 17C at kick-off. Ideal conditions for football in the capital of Lombardy.
Here's how the top of the Serie A table looks ahead of Week 11 (with Roma & Sampdoria having a game in hand)
Juventus XI: Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Rugani, Chiellini, Asamoah; Khedira, Pjanic; Cuadrado, Dybala, Mandzukic; Higuain.
Good morning! Join us for build-up ahead of this evening's box-office Serie A clash in Milan!
AC Milan vs Juventus: Serie A match preview
AC Milan and Juventus get Serie A week 11 underway in a glamour clash that is the undoubted pick of the weekend's Italian top flight fixtures.
Big-spending AC Milan have so far comprehensively failed to live up to expectations in 2017/18, leading to major question marks over the future of head coach Vincenzo Montella.
On Wednesday, however, Milan did manage to end a month-long, four-game winless streak - which had included a late defeat to city rivals Inter Milan - by thumping Chievo 4-1.
That win, sealed courtesy of strikes by Suso, Hasan Calhanoglu and Nikola Kalinic (plus a Bostjan Cesar own goal), moved the Rossoneri up to eighth in the table, but they remain a full nine points off the Champions League spots.
The major team news is that Milan will be without Leonardo Bonucci, who joined from Juve in the summer, as the defender is serving a two-match ban for his sending-off in last weekend's 0-0 draw at Genoa.
Juventus have lifted the last six Serie A titles, but head to the San Siro third in the table and facing a stiff challenge to their designs on making it seven in a row.
The Bianconeri trail leaders Napoli by three points and - with the Partenopei at home to 15th-placed Sassuolo this weekend - are likely to need a victory in Milan to avoid slipping further behind.
Like Milan, Juve also won 4-1 in midweek, with goals by Federico Bernadeschi, Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuaín and Juan Cuadrado seeing them sweep past newly-promoted SPAL in Turin.
"Juventus-Milan is always a game of great charm and we go to San Siro to play a nice match and take the three points," said Vecchia Signora coach Massimiliano Allegri on Friday.
"They [Milan] are a little bit down in the standings, but they'll challenge for the top four by the end of the season."
AC Milan vs Juventus live stream online: betting odds
The bookies fancy Juventus to come away from the San Siro with all three points, pricing the Bianconeri at 1.90 to beat AC Milan. A victory for the hosts, meanwhile, is valued at 4.20.
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