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April 21, 2013 7:45 PM BST
Juventus Stadium — Torino
Referee:‬ L. Banti‎
Attendance:‬ 40474‎
 
57′ (PG) Arturo Vidal
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Juventus 1-0 AC Milan

Goal.com evaluates the performances of everyone involved in Turin, as Arturo Vidal slots home a penalty to move the Bianconeri to within four points of the title

By Mark Doyle

  • Gianluigi Buffon
    162
    18
    3.00

    Gianluigi Buffon

    Made a couple of routine stops from El Shaarawy in the first half and, overall, had very little to deal with other than speculative shots from distance.

  • Giorgio Chiellini
    169
    23
    3.50

    Giorgio Chiellini

    Bailed out Bonucci by making a splendidly timed challenge on Pazzini, after the forward had dispossessed his central defensive colleague. Beaten all ends up by Robinho at one point, but had the Brazilian in his pocket for the most part.

  • Andrea Barzagli
    169
    19
    3.50

    Andrea Barzagli

    Initially seemed like he might be given the runaround by El Shaarawy but he quickly imposed his authority on the talented 20-year-old. Another fine showing from one of Juve's players of the season.

  • Leonardo Bonucci
    154
    21
    3.50

    Leonardo Bonucci

    Had his pocket picked by Pazzini as he tried to usher the ball out of play at the tail end of the first half but that was the one error of judgement in an otherwise impeccable performance.

  • Stephan Lichtsteiner
    141
    29
    3.00

    Stephan Lichtsteiner

    A fantastic outlet for Juve in the opening half. Indeed, it was no surprise that all of the hosts' best attacks came down the right-hand side. However, Lichsteiner's final ball was not up to scratch and he did not carry the same attacking threat after the break.

  • Paul Pogba
    212
    25
    3.50

    Paul Pogba

    Always looking to get forward, the French youngster went close with a spectacular overhead kick on 16 minutes. Continued to threaten thereafter, while at the same time sweeping up well in midfield.

  • Claudio Marchisio
    123
    61
    2.50

    Claudio Marchisio

    Once again selected to play in behind Vucinic but he struggled dreadfully to get into the game. Marchisio is a fine player but he is not a No.10.

  • Andrea Pirlo
    167
    27
    3.00

    Andrea Pirlo

    Very nearly opened the scoring against his old club with a deflected free kick but was terribly lucky that a subsequent stray pass on the edge of his own area went to Ambrosini, rather than another Milan player more likely to punish such sloppiness. Ran the game after the break, though.

  • Kwadwo Asamoah
    162
    36
    2.50

    Kwadwo Asamoah

    Very quiet from an attacking perspective during the first half, solely because he had his hands full with Abate. However, was slightly more menacing in the second period, the Ghanaian winning the penalty from which Vidal opened the scoring.

  • Arturo Vidal
    247
    28
    4.00

    Arturo Vidal Top of the Match

    Not his usual dynamic self, with Juve surprisingly subdued during the first half, but picked up dramatically after the break and netted the game's decisive goal with a clinically executed penalty.

  • Mirko Vučinić
    102
    84
    2.50

    Mirko Vučinić

    Did not shy away from mixing it with Mexes and Zapata, but he just did not manage to bring his midfielders into the game. Also fluffed a free header from a Pirlo free.

Substitutions

  • Federico Peluso
    84
    33

    Federico Peluso

    Saw literally 30 seconds of game time.

  • Simone Padoin
    78
    47

    Simone Padoin

    Came on for Lichsteiner for the final 10 minutes, but was unable to make an impact.

  • Fabio Quagliarella
    105
    28

    Fabio Quagliarella

    Only introduced in the dying seconds, so did not have sufficient time to influence the game.

  • Christian Abbiati
    85
    31
    3.00

    Christian Abbiati

    Changed direction wonderfully well to keep out a deflected free kick from Pirlo some eight minutes in but was forced off just moments later through injury.

  • Philippe Mexes
    83
    45
    3.00

    Philippe Mexes

    Made three crucial blocks inside the opening six minutes alone of a solid performance. However, his propensity for picking up yellow cards remains a worry.

  • Cristian Zapata
    92
    33
    3.00

    Cristian Zapata

    Worryingly out-muscled by Vucinic at one point, while his distribution was erratic. However, he dug in and eventually got to grips with Juve's lone striker.

  • Ignazio Abate
    36
    123
    2.00

    Ignazio Abate Flop of the Match

    Typified Milan's attacking intent by pinning the attack-minded Asamoah back inside his own half for the majority of the opening 45 minutes. however, his final ball repeatedly let him down before he gifted Juve the three points by misjudging the ball that led to the penalty.

  • Kevin Constant
    60
    56
    3.00

    Kevin Constant

    Given all sorts of problems by the rampaging Lichtsteiner but stuck to his task well and got the better of the Swiss in the second period.

  • Kevin-Prince Boateng
    64
    70
    2.50

    Kevin-Prince Boateng

    A powerful burst from midfield led to El Shaarawy testing Buffon early on, while he also threatened an equaliser towards the end after a great run down the right. However, he played on the periphery of the game for far too long.

  • Riccardo Montolivo
    112
    31
    3.50

    Riccardo Montolivo

    Covered plenty of ground and used the ball sensibly and intelligently, playing a key role in Milan's dominance of possession in the first half; all that was missing was a killer ball.

  • Massimo Ambrosini
    56
    72
    3.50

    Massimo Ambrosini

    Instigated a couple of attacks by breaking up play well in the middle of the park, while at the same time showing a desire to try his luck from distance. However, did not come back out for the second half after picking up a knock just before the break.

  • Robinho
    34
    114
    2.00

    Robinho

    Retained his place in the starting line-up despite an anonymous display against Napoli last weekend and was lively enough in the first half, getting a couple of shots away as well as hitting the side netting with snap volley. Faded badly in the second half, though.

  • Giampaolo Pazzini
    30
    97
    2.50

    Giampaolo Pazzini

    Held the ball up well and was more than happy to try to mix it with Bonucci, whom he robbed of possession at one point. However, never got a clear sight of goal.

  • Stephan El Shaarawy
    95
    53
    2.50

    Stephan El Shaarawy

    Looked a threat every time he built up a head of steam and repeatedly backed himself from distance, testing Buffon twice in the opening quarter. Also showed an admirable willingness to track back but did not get a look-in in the second half.

Substitutions

  • Marco Amelia
    29
    88
    2.50

    Marco Amelia

    Introduced into the action with less than 15 minutes on the clock, following the injury-enforced withdrawal of Abbiati, and while he made a couple of decent stops, it was he who gave away the penalty that decide the game.

  • Sulley Muntari
    40
    81
    2.00

    Sulley Muntari

    Took over in midfield from the injured Ambrosini during the interval.

  • Bojan Krkic
    70
    53
    3.00

    Bojan Krkic

    Thrown on for the final 20 minutes.

Results
 
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Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Ciro Immobile Ciro Immobile
Striker
Torino
20 0
Luca Toni Luca Toni
Striker
Hellas Verona
18 2
Carlos Tévez Carlos Tévez
Striker
Juventus
18 1
Gonzalo Higuaín Gonzalo Higuaín
Striker
Napoli
17 5
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
Striker
Inter
15 0