SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 11 - 28 Oct 2017 (17.00 UK)
Milan 0 - 2 Juventus
Higuain 23, 63 (J)
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

A Gonzalo Higuain brace at San Siro gave Juventus the 2-0 victory and plunged Milan back into crisis after poor Nikola Kalinic finishing.

The Rossoneri ended their run of one point from four rounds with Wednesday night’s 4-1 victory away to Chievo, but were still without Leonardo Bonucci, completing his two-match ban against his former club, while Jack Bonaventura, Davide Calabria and Andrea Conti were injured. Juve didn’t field any of their summer signings, but missed Medhi Benatia, Marko Pjaca and Benedikt Howedes, while Claudio Marchisio, Blaise Matuidi and Mattia De Sciglio weren’t fully fit.

These sides have not shared the spoils in Serie A since February 2012, Milan picking up two wins and eight defeats. The pre-match choreography in the Curva Sud depicted a pumpkin and Halloween scene, with seven gravestones marking the dates of Juve’s Champions League defeats.

The hosts got off to a very lively start and Kwadwo Asamoah made a decisive block on Nikola Kalinic at the back post, but after 15 minutes, Juve emerged from their shell and took more control of the tempo, as Gianluigi Donnarumma took the sting out of a Paulo Dybala snapshot.

The growing pressure paid off, as Dybala threaded through for Higuain, who took a touch and smashed in at the near post from just inside the penalty area. It was his 100th Serie A goal in just 154 games.

This woke Milan up again, as moments later Fabio Borini’s ball whipped across the face of goal with Kalinic sliding in a second too late to score.

Giorgio Chiellini risked an own goal, nodding inches wide when anticipating Kalinic. There were concerns over Lucas Biglia’s fitness and he looked off the pace, consistently misplacing passes.

On the stroke of half-time, Kalinic looked like he had to score, but Gigi Buffon rushed out and managed to deflect it on to the crossbar from point-blank range, then Daniele Rugani charged down the Hakan Calhanoglu follow-up.

After the restart, Suso dribbled to the by-line and pulled back for Kalinic’s shot charged down, but Vincenzo Montella finally removed Biglia for Manuel Locatelli.

However, Juventus doubled their lead with Higuain, as Dybala’s dummy let an Asamoah pass through, Pipita dummied Ricardo Rodriguez and drilled in off the inside of the upright.

Borini flashed another dangerous ball across the face of goal, but once more Kalinic just failed to get there in time.


Milan: G Donnarumma; Zapata, Romagnoli, Rodriguez; Abate (Antonelli 60), Kessie, Biglia (Locatelli 60), Borini; Suso, Calhanoglu (Andre Silva 76); Kalinic
Juventus: Buffon; Lichtsteiner (Barzagli 65), Chiellini, Rugani, Asamoah (Alex Sandro 70); Khedira (Matuidi 80), Pjanic; Cuadrado, Dybala, Mandzukic; Higuain
Ref: Valeri