AC Milan failed to beat Juventus at the Allianz Stadium despite a very positive performance, losing by the odd goal. In terms of the standings, therefore, their struggles continue.
Surprisingly, both teams had a high amount of misplaced passes in the first ten minutes, which resulted in a lot of sloppy play. For Milan, this was positive as the home side displayed that they aren’t perfect by any means.
In fact, the Rossoneri got the first dangerous chance of the first half as Suso managed to find Piatek in the box with a lovely ball. However, the Pole completed failed to hit the target with his header.
Just eight minutes later, in the 25th minute, Milan got another good chance as Bennacer and Conti combined well to put their opponents in danger. The right-back picked out Paqueta in the box, who nearly scored with a looping header. The goalkeeper, though, made a great save.
Both sides continued to create a few half-chances and the Bianconeri got their best chance 30 minutes in, as Milan failed to stop Bernardeschi on the edge of the box. Luckily, he failed to hit the target, which was the theme of the first half.
Krunic and Bennacer were both booked in the first half. The latter will thus miss the game against Napoli after the international break, paving the way for Biglia in the midfield.
Juventus started the second half significantly better by upping the tempo of the game, racking up a few good half-chances early on. However, Milan managed to weather the initial storm, defending well at the back.
Pioli brought on Bonaventura and Leao, switching to a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Paqueta acting as one of the holding midfielders. However, it didn’t hurt them much defensively, but rather provided them with more support as Juve attacked down the flanks.
Both sides continued to create a few chances but never really got close to an opener, until the 77th minute. Dybala combined brilliantly with Higuain before dribbling past Romagnoli. The Argentine made no mistakes with the finish, breaking the deadlock.
The Rossoneri decided to push on straight away and were allowed to do so by the home side, or rather they played well enough to threaten the Bianconeri in attack. Pioli concluded his substitutions by bringing on Rebic in place of Paqueta, who did very well tonight.
However, Milan lacked the crucial touch in the final third, registering their 7th loss of the season. Furthermore, Calhanoglu was booked in the final minutes of the game, meaning he will miss the clash against Napoli.