Juventus 2-1 Milan: Juventus steal win with controversial late penalty

By Oliver Fisher -

Juventus snatched a late winner from the penalty spot through Paulo Dybala as they beat AC Milan 2-1 on Friday night.

Medhi Benatia gave the hosts a first half lead, but Milan replied before the break through Carlos Bacca.

The Biaconeri were not to be denied a late winner though; Mattia De Sciglio harshly penalised for handball in injury time that Paulo Dybala slotted home.

After an early period of Milan pressure, Gianluigi Donnarumma was forced into a good low save in the fourth minute from Paulo Dybala.

Donnarumma was called into action again not long after as Dybala tried to squeeze in an effort at the near post.

On the half hour mark Juventus did take the lead through Mehdi Benatia. The defender collected Dani Alves’ ball in behind before smashing past Donnarumma from close range.

Gerard Deulofeu was controversially booked for diving in the 39th minute for what was the second incident involving the Spanish winger.

In the 43rd minute Milan drew themselves level however. Deulofeu was sprung into space down the left side before finding Bacca in behind, who finished calmly between the legs of Gianluigi Buffon to draw the sides level.

Juve applied the pressure early in the second half, with Donnarumma forced to make a good save from Miralem Pjanic before the resulting corner was deflected over by Bacca.

Moments later, Sami Khedira had a shot from point-blank range saved before the ball was thumped off the line.

Marco Pjaca then fizzed a low shot across the face of goal before the hour, and minutes later Donnarumma tipped a low Pjanic shot onto the crossbar as the hosts turned the screw.

With just under 20 minutes left Juve came close again; Khedira seeing another low drive well saved before Higuain’s acrobatic follow up was tipped around the post.

Milan twice had half chances shortly after, firstly through Deulofeu who almost cut out a backpass, and then from substitute Andrea Poli who laced over from the edge of the box.

In cruel circumstances, Juventus were to have the last laugh, after being awarded a penalty for handball in the fifth minute of four added on that upon replay was harsh.

Paulo Dybala despatched the spot kick with power and precision, adding an unjust conclusion to an entertaining game of football.

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