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April 21, 2013
• Juventus Stadium, Torino
Referee: L. Banti
• Attendance: 40474
A. Vidal 57'
Wth games to come against Torino, Palermo, Atalanta, Cagliari and Sampdoria, it would take something truly catastrophic to prevent Juventus from retaining the Serie A title. As for Milan, they remain in third place but Fiorentina's victory against Torino earlier today means that Allegri's side are in the final Champions League spot courtesy of only a solitary point. Thanks for joining me, Max Bentley, on this Goal.com live commentary. Make sure to check out the match report, reaction and player ratings. Until next time, goodbye!
FULL TIME: JUVENTUS 1-0 MILAN. Arturo Vidal's second half penalty inches the Bianconeri closer to a record 29th Scudetto title. In truth, the game lacked the typical excitement and quality that this fixture normally offers but Juventus supporters will hardly care as they now require only four points from their remaining five matches. Milan's 14-game unbeaten streak in 2013 comes to a halt.
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Another change for Juventus as Kwadwo Asamoah, who won the Juventus penalty, is replaced by Federico Peluso. I'd be surprised if he had time to get a touch.
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Allegri will be really disappointed with the lack of attacking threat his side have posed in this second half. El Shaarawy and Pazzini have been anonymous.
Mirko Vucinic has not got his goal today and the Montenegrin is replaced for the dying moments by Fabio Quagliarella.
CHANCE FOR MILAN! Pazzini prevents Montolivo's fierce free kick from going behind but Mexes can only send the ball wide of the target courtesy of a slight deflection off Bonucci.
Juventus are just looking to see this game out now and they slow down the tempo with a lengthy spell of possession. It seems another substitution is imminent as well.
Constant finds Montolivo in space 30 yards from goal and the midfielder forces his international colleague Buffon into a smart stop from his swerving strike. Time running out for Milan to extend their unbeaten record in 2013.
Tempers starting to flare on the touchline here as Luca Banti comes across to talk to Massimiliano Allegri. It seems the Milan coach was unhappy with a tackle from Chiellini.
Juventus look to wrap things up when Pogba tries to play a clever reverse pass behind the Milan defence for Marchisio, but Mexes reads the danger expertly to make the interception.
Juventus make their first substitution of the game with Simone Padoin replacing Stephan Lichtsteiner. Some fresh legs to counter the threat of Constant down the left.
Juventus are pinned back deep into their own half at the moment but Milan are really struggling to find that killer pass. Antonio Conte's side are set to go 11 points clear of Napoli as things stand.
Constant advances from left-back again and this time he sends a much better cross into the box, but Bonucci rises above Boateng to clear the danger.
Kevin Constant does well to trick his way past Lichtsteiner but his cross into the box is overhit and the move breaks down. 13 minutes remaining for Milan to find an equaliser.
Milan suddenly seem to have more urgency and Muntari unleashes a left-footed effort from the edge of the box which is well held by Buffon.
Boateng capitalises on a Chiellini slip to get in down the right but the Ghanaian cannot pick out a black and red jersey with his low cross and Bonucci hoofs the ball upfield.
Yellow CardPhilippe Mexes
Philippe Mexes picks up his 16th Serie A caution of the season for obstructing Vucinic.
Allegri decides to make his final change and unsurprisingly Robinho is withdrawn in place of Bojan. Can the Spaniard inspire the Rossoneri to an equaliser?
Milan's vulnerability from corners is exposed again when Bonucci latches onto Pirlo's delivery at the back post, but his volley is well saved by Amelia.
Juventus are pushing for a second here and Pirlo's corner causes chaos in the Milan box but it won't quite fall for Chiellini and Abate hacks the ball clear.
FANTASTIC MOVE FROM JUVENTUS! Pirlo starts it off with a sublime long ball to Pogba, who in turn finds Vucinic, and the Montenegrin is denied a goal when his fierce effort is blocked at the last moment by Mexes.
Yellow CardCristian Zapata
Zapata is the second name taken in Luca Banti's notebook after a foul on Vucinic. The Colombian defender will now be suspended for Milan's next match.
Milan have offered very little threat going forward in the second half and both Robinho and El Shaarawy have struggled to get on the ball. With one more substitution at his disposal, surely Allegri will decide to make a move soon.
Pirlo delivers an outswinging corner into the Milan box and Pogba rises highest to narrowly nod over the bar.
Is Milan's 14-game unbeaten streak set to come to an end? They have just under half an hour to find an equaliser.
Juventus attempt to double the lead when Pirlo finds space outside the box, but his speculative effort swerves comfortably wide of Amelia's goal.
If the scoreline stays the same, Juventus will only need four points from their remaining five games to retain the league title.
Penalty GoalArturo Vidal
1-0 JUVENTUS! The Bianconeri move closer to a 29th Scudetto title when Arturo Vidal smashes a crucial penalty into the top right-hand corner. Great penalty from the Chilean.
Yellow CardMarco Amelia
PENALTY FOR JUVENTUS! Amelia and Abate are involved in a mix-up when neither is sure who should clear and Asamoah accepts the invitation to nip on before being felled by the substitute goalkeeper.
Ten minutes into the second half and although both sides have shown attacking promise, neither goalkeeper has been forced into making a difficult save.
Juventus nearly cut Milan open when Vidal sends a dicing pass between the centre-backs, but Zapata does brilliantly to outmuscle Vucinic and allows Amelia to claim.
Moments after Boateng sends an effort wide, Milan attack again with Mexes and the Frenchman bursts forward from defence before forcing Buffon into a save with his low left-footed strike.
No Serie A team has done the double over Juventus in a season since Antonio Conte took charge. Can Milan become the first side to do so this evening?
Much better start to the second half from Juventus and Marchisio unleashes a stinging drive from outside the box which forces Amelia to make a smart stop down low to his right.
Early chance for Juventus as Chiellini meets Pirlo's corner with a thumping header, but it goes just over Amelia's crossbar.
Milan make a half-time substitution with Sulley Muntari replacing Massimo Ambrosini, who picked up a knock just before the break.
In the past five Serie A seasons, Milan have racked up 365 points whilst Juventus have accumulated 345. Which team can snatch three more this evening? The second half awaits...
Milan enjoyed 62% of the possession in that first half. Will Conte be tempted to make a tactical change at the break or will he be happy to take a point? Let me know your thoughts and predictions via Twitter @MaxBentley1.
HALF TIME: Juventus 0-0 Milan. The visitors go into the dressing room the happier side after a comfortable opening 45 minutes in which they have looked the more likely in scoring. Antonio Conte will not be satisfied by the way in which his side have failed to hold on to possession and his players can certainly expect an earful at the break. Not too many chances to report of although Pirlo's deflected freekick which was well saved by Abbiati was the closest either side came to breaking the deadlock All level at the interval, all to play for in the second half.
Abate looks to get in behind Asamoah once again but the right-back is denied a one-on-one when Robinho's lazy pass is easily intercepted by the Ghanaian.
Pazzini is giving his best up front but Chiellini and Bonucci have done an excellent job in marshalling the 28-year-old so far. Can he be the man to turn this game in Milan's favour?
Juventus nearly unlock the Milan defence when Vucinic squeezes a ball through for Marchisio, but the Italian midfielder is denied a shot on goal by the linesman's flag. That was very close; good line from the Milan back four.
Not seen too much of Asamoah on the other wing however. The Ghanaian international has been forced to track the run of Abate on numerous occasions in this first half and has struggled to get forward.
Most of Juventus' attacking play is coming down the right and Lichtsteiner gets in behind Constant excellently but his dangerous cross towards the front post just evades the run of Vucinic.
Juventus are really struggling to get Pirlo on the ball here and it is Milan who are enjoying more of the possession. Can Allegri's side snatch a goal before the break?
In an attempt to volley Mexes' diagonal pass across goal, Pazzini's cross-come-shot forces Buffon to backpeddle and the Azzurri goalkeeper is relieved to see the ball loop onto the roof of the net.
Abate gets away down the right impressively once again and after Bonucci heads his cross towards the edge of the box, Boateng miskicks before Montolivo sends a strike high over the bar.
Half an hour gone at the Juventus Stadium but the deadlock is yet to be broken. Milan have perhaps shaded it but the best chance fell the way of Pirlo, when his deflected freekick was excellently saved by Abbiati. Will we see a goal before half time? Remember that you can let me know your thoughts and predictions via Twitter @MaxBentley1.
Pirlo lines up another freekick from outside the box, but Amelia is equal to it and makes a comfortable save.
Ignazio Abate is never shy of getting forward and the Italian right-back does fantastically to drive past Asamoah before his low cross into the box is flicked into the side netting by Robinho.
Massimo Ambrosini is fortunate to escape a booking when he catches Chiellini with a late challenge. Luca Banti reluctant to get his cards out so far.
Milan are certainly not afraid to shoot this evening and El Shaarawy looks to score only his third goal in 15 league games with a shot from distance, but Buffon gets down low to his right to comfortably claim.
Another wasted opportunity for Milan as Ambrosini seizes on a sloppy Pirlo pass, but the 35-year-old midfielder drags his left-footed effort wide of Buffon's goal.
Kevin Constant heads Pirlo's corner towards the edge of the box and it is met by a stinging drive from Asamoah which blazes wildly over the crossbar.
Milan's away form in Serie A reads W6, D7, L3 and they are undefeated in their last seven fixtures away from San Siro. Will the Juventus Stadium prove a happy hunting ground for Allegri's side this evening? Goalless after 19 minutes.
Juventus are growing into this game now. Lichtsteiner bursts down the right wing and his cross towards the back post is met on the volley acrobatically by Pogba, but the ball goes narrowly wide of the Amelia's goal.
Milan are forced into an early change when Christian Abbiati is replaced by Marco Amelia in goal. He appeared to have picked up an injury when saving from Pirlo's set-piece.
Mirko Vucinic is yet to have a sniff of goal but the Montenegrin striker is already causing Zapata problems with his physical playing style. Can he add to his 13-goal league tally this evening?
Massimo Ambrosini is one of the more unlikely players expected to get on the scoresheet and the Milan captain capitalises on a loose, bouncing ball in the Juventus final third before skewing a shot well wide of Buffon's goal.
Paul Pogba has scored some special goals this season and he looks to add to his collection when he lets fly from outside the box, but his strike blazes high over the crossbar. What a fantastic breakthrough season it has been for the 20-year-old Frenchman who made his international debut last month.
Incidentally, Abbiati has kept only ten clean sheets this season, about one in every three games. Elsewhere there is an early concern for Milan as Giampaolo Pazzini goes down and requires treatment.
GREAT SAVE FROM ABBIATI! Andrea Pirlo comes so close to scoring against his former club when his free kick takes a wicked deflection off the Milan wall, forcing the veteran goalkeeper to change the direction he was diving and make a fine fingertipped save.
Milan threaten again when Boateng switches the ball out to the left, but El Shaarawy's curling strike is comfortably saved by Buffon. Allegri will be pleased with how his side have started.
With six games to play, Juventus need only seven points to retain their Scudetto. You feel that it would take something truly remarkable to prevent Conte's side from winning a record 29th title.
Positive start from the visitors who are enjoying the lion's share of the possession in the early minutes.
Robinho is the first player to try his luck on goal, but his swerving effort flashes comfortably wide of Buffon's post. The Brazilian was the matchwinner when Milan triumphed 1-0 back in November.
Luca Banti blows the whistle and this Serie A contest gets underway...
Wonderful atmosphere here as captains Gianluigi Buffon and Massimo Ambrosini exchange handshakes. Splendid rainbow choreography from the home support. Both teams in their customary colours.
The Juventus youth team were crowned Primavera Coppa Italia winners with a 2-1 win over Napoli on Wednesday and those players parade the trophy around the stadium before kickoff.
Mario Balotelli is of course suspended for the visitors, despite seeing his three-match ban reduced on appeal. Can Pazzini fire Milan to a double over Juventus in his absence?
Since Milan beat Juventus 1-0 on November 25, no Serie A side has claimed more points that the Rossoneri. Allegri's side have accumulated 44 points from the following 19 matches, whilst the Old Lady have gained 42.
Massimiliano Allegri makes two changes to the side which drew 1-1 with Napoli. Leading goalscorer Stephan El Shaarawy is recalled to the starting lineup in place of Sulley Muntari, meaning that Kevin-Prince Boateng drops back into midfield. Mathieu Flamini's red card rules him out, meaning that Massimo Ambrosini is handed a start.
Juventus make only one change from the side which defeated Lazio 2-0 on Monday evening. Giorgio Chiellini returns from an ankle injury to replace Federico Peluso in the heart of defence. Andrea Pirlo starts against his former club, with top goalscorer Mirko Vucinic (13 goals) leading the line.
Milan (4-3-3):: Abbiati; Abate, Zapata, Mexes, Constant; Montolivo, Ambrosini, Boateng; Pazzini, El Shaarawy, Robinho.
JUVENTUS (3-5-1-1): Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Pogba, Asamoah; Marchisio; Vucinic.
Here are this evening's lineups, starting with the Bianconeri...
One of the fiercest rivalries in Serie A takes place as title-chasing Juventus host a Milan side who are yet to be defeated in the league this calendar year. There have been so many special moments between these two heavyweights and with so much at stake this evening, it's all set to be another classic. Can Juventus extend their eight-point lead over Napoli at the summit or will the Rossoneri continue their impressive push for Champions League qualification? Bringing you all the action from the Juventus Stadium, my name is Max Bentley. Feel free to let me know your thoughts and predictions on the match via Twitter @MaxBentley1.
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