Milan 1-0 Juventus: Locatelli strike ends the Bianconero curse

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan moved up to second in the Serie A standings as they recorded a huge 1-0 win over Juventus at San Siro.

The victory was the Rossoneri‘s first against their Turin opponents since November 2012 as Manuel Locatelli’s second half strike sealed a memorable night.

The result means Vincenzo Montella’s side are now six league games without defeat, and pull to within two points of Juve in the Serie A table.

Juventus threatened inside a minute when Gianluigi Donnarumma was required to stop Paolo Dybala’s near post effort from an Alex Sandro cross.

Suso

However, the visitors were tested after being in control of the opening stages when Gianluigi Buffon was needed to turn Suso’s effort around the post after a feed from Carlos Bacca.

Dybala forced another save from Donnarumma, but was then removed in the 33rd minute after appearing to injure his right hamstring, with Juan Cuadrado his replacement.

There was a moment of controversy three minutes later as Miralem Pjanic thought he had given the visitors the lead. His 35-yard free-kick hit the back of the net, but was waived away due to offside interference.

Pjanic

Gonzalo Higuain, generally quiet in the game, fired wide of the right post in the early stages of the second half.

The Bianconeri dominance subsided as Milan found a burst of energy and began to get on top in the game, and they were rewarded.

Suso fed Locatelli on the edge of the box, before the 18-year-old launched a vicious right-footed shot that beat Buffon and went in off the upright sparking jubilant scenes amongst the home support.

Locatelli

Mario Mandzukic was brought on by Max Allegri in an attempt to shuffle the pack and create more up front, but Juve ultimately looked laboured in their attempts to restore parity.

Donnarumma did however pull out some last-gasp heroics when he launched full stretch to keep out 25-yard strike from Sami Khedira out of the top corner in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

That effort was the away side’s first shot on target of the second half, and as the full-time whistle blew it would be fair to say Milan were good value for the three points.

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