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October 2, 2011
• Juventus Stadium, Torino
Referee: N. Rizzoli
• Attendance: 24000
90' + 5'
That's it! A late surge from Juventus has paid off in style as Milan fall apart in Turin. Marchisio's double strike the difference as Conte's men go back to the top of the table alongside Udinese.
90' + 4'
90' + 2'
Goal Claudio Marchisio
90' + 2'
GOAL! Marchisio is at it again as Juventus double their lead. What a mistake from Abbiati as the ball goes straight through his legs.
There will be five minutes of injury time to be played.
Yellow/Red Kevin-Prince Boateng
BOATENG OFF for his second yellow of the game for terrible play with a deliberate handball as Milan's night takes a turn for the worse.
Assist Mirko Vučinić
Goal Claudio Marchisio
GOAL! Marchisio breaks the deadlock for Juventus, just when the game appeared heading for a draw! The Italy midfielder takes advantage of a mistake from Bonera to hit the back of the net.
Another shot for vidal, another ball which flies over the bar. That has been the story of the night from the Chile midfielder who needs to sharpen up his shooting.
Five minutes left to play in Turin, and at this rate it looks like the game will end in parity as both teams are now looking lethargic.
Vucinic forced to shoot early under pressure from Nocerino who does enough to ensure the former Roma man misses the target as his effort goes wide.
OHHH! Vidal shoots again, this time much closer than his last attempt as he brushes the post with a grass cutting strike. Abbiati relieved to see it fly wide.
Milan try to keep hold of the ball as Allegri gives instructions from the bench. Conte is also on his feet as we approach the final 10 minutes of the game. It's tight and tense in Turin.
While Juventus are struggling to leave their mark on the match, Milan are doing no better. The champions seem tired and orderless. There is no real structure to their bland play so far.
Pirlo tries to spark Juventus into life, but his cross attempt is left untouched as no player clicks with his idea.
Vidal shoots on the turn for Juventus, but the shot is all wrong and it goes well wide.
Seedorf carves out a great pass for Ibrahimovic who just needs to shoot, but the controlling touch is awful and the move breaks down. Ibrahimovic has been terrible tonight. Don't forget to check out PLAYER RATINGS feature after the game to see how our experts rated the striker.
Vucinic does well to slip through for Juventus, but Thiago Silva stops him when it is time to pull the trigger. What a saving tackle from the strong Brazilian defender.
The long ball is hit forward in search of Ibrahimovic, but he does not reach it. The striker gestures to his team to spread the play wider for him.
Yellow Card Andrea Pirlo
Nesta is momentarily down receiving treatment after being hit violently by the ball. However, he is soon back up playing.
Pirlo spreads the play out wide for Pepe. Juventus try to work something here on the right side. However, the cross is cleared by Nesta.
Pepe does well to come across as he intercepts Boateng's run on the wing. It's a little scrappy now as Cassano comes off for Emanuelson.
Juventus have taken their foot off the gas slightly, allowing Milan to gain confidence following the restart.
Seedorf tries to pick out Boateng on the right flank, but the ball is too strong for him. An even game so far.
Yellow Card Alessandro Nesta
Great cross from Pirlo who picks out Vidal, but he blasts over the bar from close range. What a miss from the midfielder.
Ohh! Great save by Buffon who saves from Boateng as he gets down superbly to cut out the danger.
We are back under way in Turin. Chiellini forays forward and shoots with his left, but the ball comes back off Nesta and goes out for a corner. Pirlo whips it in towards the near post, but it's cleared by Ibrahimovic.
45' + 1'
That's it for this half. 0-0 in Turin. Juventus by far the better team in this match. Mlan have hardly been visible.
Plenty of action here in a tight, but exciting game. Juventus have dominated for the most part and have come close on a number of occasions. Vucinic having the best chance to score, but he saw one of many efforts come crashing back off the bar. Milan not even close and have struggled to get a grip on the game. Don't go away and be sure to rejoin us for the second-half coming up shortly.
Ohh! Vucinic gets it from Vidal. The Montenegro international shoots and goes close once more as Abbiati feels the wind of a widely place shot.
"Vincere e convincere" (win and convince) is what Milan president Silvio Berlusconi said on Saturday, but his side are doing neither in Turin.
OHHH! Wonderful piece of skill from Marchisio with a delightful first touch to bring down Vidal's pass, but he gets the shot all wrong.
Yellow Card Kevin-Prince Boateng
Inzaghi looks on from the bench. How he would love to be playing against his former club tonight. However, not much from his side so far.
All half it has been Juventus hands down. Simply no contest from Milan who cannot cope with the extra man in midfield.
Ohhh! Clever play between Marchisio and Vucinic, but the Italy international cannot react the return pass. It's back with Juventus, OHH! Wonder shot from Vucinic who unexpectedly shoots from distance; OFF THE BAR VIA ABBIATI'S FINGER!
Ohhh! Great chance for Juventus. Vucinic turns and shoots inside the box! No! It is straight at Abbiati who makes the save. Still pressure from Juventus who have been relentless thus far.
Route one by Milan, knocked down by Ibrahimovic for Boateng who goes for the spectacular volley, only to slice the ball which ends up nearer to the corner flag.
Juventus are on another level in this phase. Milan just cannot get out of their own half here.
Free-kick to Juventus as Nesta brings down Marchisio with a two-footed challenge. It's in Pirlo territory with Del Piero being on the bench. Pirlo stands over it and tells Vucinic to move away. The stadium is on it's feet. Pirlo shoots, ohhh! Punched out by Abbiati! Great shot, good save.
Neither side wants to lose this game and so we have a tense match on the cards. Seedorf swings in the corner for Milan, but play is pulled back for a foul as Ibrahimovic tugs on Chiellini. It's back with Juventus.
Vucinic hustles Nesta who gives away a corner. Juventus play it short. Barzagli finds Krasic on the right, but he struggles to give his cross the power it needs as Abbiati claims again. Milan are being patient and reserved.
Juventus are playing some excellent football here. Pirlo gets over early match nerves and shoots from range, but it is no real problem for Abbiati. Milan defending so far.
Ohhh! Nice play from Juventus on the edge of the box as Pirlo combines with Vidal and Vucinic, but the striker's touch is too strong and the ball goes out of bounds.
Well-worked move by Juventus as Marchisio dummies his man and turns to the left. The shot is released, but the ball heads over without any real trouble for Milan.
Nesta comes forward and passes to Bonera out wide. But, the stopper, who makes a good run, fails to control the ball and it's back with Juventus.
Abbiati does not take chances as he gives away the corner, Pepe tries to find Chiellini from the short corner, but it is cleared by Milan.
If the game is boring so far, then here is an interesting stat for all our faithful readers old and new, welcome to the new... The first game between these two teams was 101 years ago and Milan won 3-2.
Cassano wins a corner from Barzagli who cuts out the cross. Taken short with Seedorf. It's to Thiago Silva, but Alessandro Nesta fires a cross over from the right.
Cassano through to Ibrahimovic, it's cut out, but Boateng wins it back for Milan, however, his cross from the left flies wide and over.
Possibly a chance for Milan, but Boateng's ball is just too long for Cassano who makes an angled run.
Vidal, wearing a plaster for a cut to his head, is taken out of the game by Ibrahimovic. Free-Kick to Juventus, the ball falls to Pepe who shoots, but Bonera closes down.
And we have kick-off at the Juventus Arena with Milan starting the match. Vucinic the lone striker for the home side this evening. Nesta brings it forward. Milan in possession early on.
And AC Milan line up as follows (4-3-1-2) Abbiati; Bonera, Nesta, Thiago Silva, Zambrotta; Nocerino, Van Bommel, Seedorf; Boateng; Ibrahimovic, Cassano.
Here are the official team line ups, and Andrea Pirlo starts for Juventus. JUVENTUS: (4-2-3-1) Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Pirlo Marchisio; Krasic, Vidal, Pepe; Vucinic
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE commentary of the Serie A match between Juventus and AC Milan from the Juventus Arena in Turin. Thank you for joining us for what is expected to be a cracker as it is the biggest game of the season thus far in Italy with both teams out to prove a point.
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