Mil 1-2 Juv: Juve shock Rossoneri

Posted on 30/10/2010


Serie A Week 9 – 30/10/10 (19.45 UK)
Milan 1 – 2 Juventus
Quagliarella 24 (J), Del Piero 65 (J), Ibrahimovic 82 (M)
Stadio San Siro

Fabio Quagliarella and Alessandro Del Piero snatched a shock 2-1 Juventus victory at San Siro despite Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s late header.

This is an Italian classic and a Scudetto showdown between two teams challenging to go for the leadership after difficult starts. Both sides had injury problems, as Ronaldinho, Thiago Silva, Gianluca Zambrotta, Massimo Oddo, Massimo Ambrosini, Marek Jankulovski and Oguchi Onyewu were absent for the home side.

The Bianconeri had Milos Krasic sitting out a two-match ban for diving to earn a penalty, while Vincenzo Iaquinta, Alex Manninger, Gigi Buffon, Armand Traore, Leandro Rinaudo, Davide Lanzafame and Zdenek Grygera were sidelined.

Giorgio Chiellini pulled up with a calf problem in the warm-up, so Nicola Legrottaglie had to step in at the last minute.

Milan had a fantastic chance after seven minutes when Zlatan Ibrahimovic threatened to break the deadlock against his former club. He gathered from Alexandre Pato outside the box and immediately curled a right-foot effort over Marco Storari on to the crossbar.

Moments later Pato was stopped for an incorrect offside flag as he went clear on goal. The Duck again pulled back for Ibra, who hit it with the front of his boot and forced a save out of Storari at the base of the near post. From the corner Sokratis Papastathopoulos nodded wide.

Juventus also threatened, as on the counter Alessandro Del Piero tested Christian Abbiati low at the near post, though he perhaps should’ve passed it to Fabio Quagliarella.

It was the Bianconeri who broke the deadlock at San Siro with a moment of magic from Quagliarella. Papastathopoulos’ poor backpass sparked the move and a Paolo De Ceglie cross was whipped in for Quagliarella’s looping header into the far top corner.

Andrea Pirlo’s free kick curled inches wide, but on another counter it was Alessandro Nesta who slipped this time. Del Piero went all the way from midfield and feinted a pass to Quagliarella, but instead Abbiati scrambled across to tip the daisy-cutter round the post.

There were more injury concerns, as Daniele Bonera got a nasty knock to the knee and was stretchered off for Ignazio Abate. The injury came from a clash with De Ceglie, who was also limping heavily and had to be substituted, so winger Simone Pepe was experimented in the right-back role, moving Marco Motta to the left.

It wasn’t a reassuring start, as Pepe slipped straight away and was glad to see Kevin Prince Boateng nod over unmarked. At the other end Abbiati flapped a cross on to the chest of Martinez, but it bounced back into his arms. On the stroke of half-time, Ibra’s header down was captured by Storari. The Swede then shrugged off Pepe from seven yards only to then drill over when he had found space.

After the restart Boateng sprinted down the left and pulled back for Ibra, who picked his spot, but didn’t count on Felipe Melo flinging himself at it to clear in front of the line.

The injury crisis escalated further, as Martinez limped off with a cut to his foot, making way for Momo Sissoko.

Robinho burst down the left and rolled back for Ibra, whose dummy meant the ball couldn’t quite reach Pato.

However, once again Juventus struck against the run of play. Sissoko somehow failed to score, as he was sent clear through the middle by chesting down a Quagliarella cross past Luca Antonini only to stumble and fumble, but in getting back up he realised Del Piero was right behind him and rolled it back for the captain’s powerful finish. It was Del Piero’s 179th Serie A goal, making him Juve’s all-time top scorer in this competition.

Robinho thought he had scored, but flashed the shot across the face of goal. Clarence Seedorf replaced a disappointing Boateng and Pippo Inzaghi took over from Pato.

On the counter Quagliarella hit another angled drive past the far post. Papastathopoulos nodded just over from a corner and then bumped chests with Felipe Melo, who promptly flung himself to the ground holding his nose, earning a talking to from the referee.

Milan did get back into the game with eight minutes left on the clock. Ibra had never previously scored against one of his former clubs, but he rose to get his head to an Antonini cross from the left and steer it into the far top corner. The Swede had got in front of Pepe for the header from six yards.

The Rossoneri laid siege for the final stages, but Abate’s cross came all the way to the back post just missing Inzaghi, then Robinho put it into the crowd until Storari eventually captured the loose ball.

During five minutes of stoppages, Abbiati beat away an Alberto Aquilani free kick, while Storari smothered a Seedorf snapshot. Inzaghi thought he had a penalty at the 95th, but Felipe Melo was fortunate that the striker was offside before he was hacked down.

Milan: Abbiati; Bonera (Abate 34), Papastathopoulos, Nesta, Antonini; Gattuso, Pirlo, Boateng (Seedorf 69); Robinho; Pato (Inzaghi 75), Ibrahimovic

Juventus: Storari; Motta, Bonucci, Legrottaglie, De Ceglie (Pepe 40); Martinez (Sissoko 56), Felipe Melo, Aquilani, Marchisio; Del Piero (Amauri 85), Quagliarella

Ref: Rocchi

Source: Football-italia

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