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Serie A

  • February 7, 2015
  • • 12:00 PM
  • • Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi, Verona
  • Referee: M. Fabbri
  • • Attendance: 17038

Juventus 3-1 Milan: Juve goes 10 points clear

The defending champions asserted their authority in the title race with a comfortable win over coach Massimiliano Allegri's former club Milan.

Juventus opened up a 10-point gap ahead of Roma at the top of Serie A thanks to a straightforward 3-1 win over underachieving Milan on Saturday.

In what is traditionally a clash between title rivals, the contest at Juventus Stadium highlighted the current gulf between the two sides, as Massimiliano Allegri completed a league double over his former employers in a dominant display.

The reigning champions, who are now 39 unbeaten at home in the league, edged ahead in the 14th minute through Carlos Tevez, despite the Argentina international appearing to be offside.

Luca Antonelli, one of two Milan debutants alongside Gabriel Paletta, restored parity just before the half-hour mark, though the away side was level for only a few minutes, with Leonardo Bonucci restoring Juve's lead.

Milan produced a slight improvement after the break, though Juve also took things up a notch and opened up a two-goal deficit with 25 minutes to go through Alvaro Morata, who finally appears to have dislodged fellow Spaniard Fernando Llorente.

Filippo Inzaghi, who reportedly endured a fractious relationship with Allegri in their time together at Milan, saw his side's late efforts count for nothing, while Juve moved well clear of Roma ahead of the second-place side's trip to Calgiari on Sunday.

Juve began the contest in purposeful fashion, pushing forward in numbers and pressing fiercely in midfield, forcing early errors from Milan.

And it came as little surprise when the hosts broke the deadlock 14 minutes in, as Tevez, who looked to have strayed marginally beyond the last defender, latched on to Morata's header and tucked an effort under Diego Lopez after charging away from the helpless Paletta.

The home side crafted another opportunity a few moments later, as Patrice Evra knocked Andrea Pirlo's free-kick delivery back across goal, but nobody could capitalize.

And Milan made the most of that let-off, drawing level with 28 minutes on the clock thanks to Antonelli's fine glancing header.

The visitors were level for barely three minutes, though, as Bonucci stabbed home after Tevez headed Pirlo's corner back into the danger area.

Milan's chances suffered a further blow eight minutes before the break, with top scorer Jeremy Menez forced off and replaced by Giampaolo Pazzini.

Juve continued to dictate proceedings in the second half, though Milan spurned a good opportunity to equalize for a second time in the 54th minute, Gianluigi Buffon producing a smart save to deny Pazzini.

The hosts swiftly came to grips with Milan's brief improvement and effectively secured all three points in the 65th minute, as Morata was left with an easy tap-in after a Claudio Marchisio effort came back off the post.

Milan's attempts to force an unlikely late comeback left it exposed on the break, but Juventus was unable to punish Inzaghi's men further, with Lopez doing well to deny Marchisio with eight minutes left.