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

Juventus 1-0 AC Milan: Vidal edges Bianconeri ever closer to title

The Chile international scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot, after Marco Amelia had clattered into Kwadwo Asamoah in the area

By Mark Doyle

Ambrosini & Pirlo - Juventus-Milan
AFP
Juventus took a significant step towards a second successive Serie A title with a 1-0 win over AC Milan that simultaneously upset their opponents' hopes of qualifying for next season's Champions League.

Arturo Vidal scored the only goal of a desperately underwhelming encounter, the Chile international converting from the penalty spot after Kwadwo Asamoah had been felled in the area by Marco Amelia shortly after half-time.

With Juventus in possession of an eight-point cushion at the summit of Serie A, the game was arguably of great importance to Milan, particularly with fourth-placed Fiorentina having defeated Torino earlier in the day to draw to within a point of the Rossoneri. Unsurprising, then, that the visitors began the brighter of the two, with Robinho and Stephan El Shaarawy both getting shots away inside the opening five minutes.

However, it was Juve who went closest to an early breakthrough, with Christian Abbiati doing wonderfully well to change direction in time to scramble a deflected Andrea Pirlo free kick away for a corner.

Unfortunately for Abbiati, that was to be his last contribution of note before being forced off through injury with less than 15 minutes on the clock. He was replaced by Amelia, whose first task was to deal with another Pirlo free kick, which he did with the minimum of fuss.

The Rossoneri reserve goalkeeper had little to do for the remainder of the half, though, with Mirko Vucinic failing dismally to hit the target with a free header from yet another Pirlo set-piece.

In truth, Milan looked the slightly more likely scorers during a cagey opening half. Massimiliano Allegri’s men were certainly the more composed side in possession, while Robinho and the recalled Stephan El Shaarawy buzzed about Giampaolo Pazzini with real intent.

Their hopes of retaining control of the middle of the park were hit by the injury-enforced withdrawal of Massimo Ambrosini during the interval. Their hopes of winning the game, meanwhile, were hit by the concession of a penalty just 10 minutes later.

Ignazio Abate and Amelia were both caught out by a seemingly innocuous diagonal in behind the Milan defence. Abate left it for his goalkeeper, who never had any chance of getting there in time and was powerless to prevent himself from clattering into the alert Asamoah, who had stolen in behind a hesitant Abate before cleverly nicking the ball past Amelia.

Vidal buried the resulting spot-kick, firing high to Amelia's left to change the entire complexion of the game. Indeed, Milan suddenly looked completely devoid of any belief and the toothless visitors did not even go close to forcing an equaliser in the remaining 35 minutes, thus allowing Juve to coast to a victory that leaves them requiring just four more points to clinch the title.


Juventus

1
Gianluigi Buffon
Goalkeeper
3.00
3
3.50
15
Andrea Barzagli
Defender
3.50
19
3.50
26
3.00
6
Paul Pogba
Midfielder
3.50
8
Claudio Marchisio
Midfielder
2.50
21
Andrea Pirlo
Midfielder
3.00
22
Kwadwo Asamoah
Midfielder
92′
2.50
23
Arturo Vidal
Midfielder
57′
4.00
9
2.50

AC Milan

3.00
32
3.00
5
3.00
17
2.00
20
3.00
21
Kevin Constant
Midfielder
2.50
9
3.50
18
3.50
21
2.00
7
Robinho
Striker
71′
2.50
11
2.50
92

Substitutes

30
Marco Storari
Goalkeeper
 - 
34
Rubinho
Goalkeeper
 - 
4
 - 
11
 - 
13
 - 
20
Simone Padoin
Midfielder
81′
 - 
23
 - 
33
Mauricio Isla
Midfielder
 - 
8
Luca Marrone
Midfielder
 - 
23
 - 
27
 - 
32
 - 

Substitutes

2.50
1
Marco Amelia
Goalkeeper
15′ 57′
 - 
-
 - 
2
 - 
25
 - 
33
Mario Yepes
Defender
 - 
3
 - 
81
2.00
4
Sulley Muntari
Midfielder
46′
 - 
-
 - 
-
Bakaye Traoré
Midfielder
 - 
9
3.00
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Results
 
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