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Brahim Diaz’s feat of will: Milan exacerbate Juve’s crisis

Ac Milan deservedly won 2-0 against Juventus Torino on Saturday evening. The Rossoneri thus stay on top and also exacerbate the Old Lady’s crisis

Both teams had different evenings in the Champions League during the week. While Milan lost 3-0 at Chelsea, Juventus celebrated a 3-1 win at home against Maccabi Haifa. There were four changes to the starting eleven on both sides for stress management reasons, with Milan returning Theo among others.

The Frenchman, however, saw his team initially under pressure. Juve started aggressively, winning the ball at high levels and creating the first chances of the game. Cuadrado missed from a promising position on the right (9th), Milik found his master in Tatarusanu (12th). Then the Rossoneri woke up and became dangerous. After a corner from the right, which Kalulu extended, Rafael Leao hit the post from close range (21st).

Tomori punishes Juve

14 minutes later the eye-catching Portuguese was again at the mercy of the aluminium, Rafael Leao’s curling shot from 20 yards out hitting the far right post. Milan now set the tone – and deservedly took the lead before the break: Giroud shot off Tomori after a corner, but the defender reacted quickly, turned and put the rebound into the net from the turn (45.+1).

Brahim Diaz adds to the tally

After the restart, Milan still had everything under control, Allegri looked helpless on the sidelines because of the few offensive ideas of his team. Vlahovic was also up in the air – and then the Serbian initiated the 2:0 for Milan with an errant pass: Brahim Diaz picked up the attacker’s inaccurate pass on the halfway line, ignited the turbo and made Bonucci and Milik look old. Szczesny was still on hand for his finish in the penalty area, but the ball still went into the net (54th).

This virtually decided the game, because despite a lot of time left in the game, Juventus hardly managed to get anything going forward. Milik briefly created some danger, but Tatarusanu had no problems with the Pole’s header. Just before the end of the game, substitute Kean was well placed in the penalty area, but Kalulu was just able to block the joker’s shot, thus preventing the final minutes from becoming exciting again.

Milan managed to hold on for the 2-0 win and keep up with leaders Napoli. Juve are back in crisis despite two previous victories, and the gap to the top remains seven points for the time being. Napoli, however, could extend that gap with a win at Cremona on Sunday (6 p.m.).

The Rossoneri now host Chelsea FC on Tuesday evening for the second leg of the CL group stage (9pm). Juventus also play on Tuesday (6.45pm) but face an away trip to Haifa.

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