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March 2, 2014
• Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
Referee: M. Guida
• Attendance: 75589
C. Tévez 68'
Seedorf's side were made to pay for missing a whole host of chances in the first half and ran out of steam too early in the second half. They now sit tenth while Juventus as 11 points clear of the top. I've been Tom Maston and thanks for joining me.
Great celebrations on the Juventus bench as the final whistle blows, and La Vecchia Signora have won through a very difficult encounter. Strike duo Llorente and Tevez were on target as they saw off a confident Milan side at San Siro.
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OFF THE BAR! Almost a consolation for Milan as Saponara gets down the right before crossing for Robinho, but the substitute can only crash his effort against the crossbar.
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Both Juventus forwards are given an early rest now as Tevez leaves the pitch to be replaced by Giovinco. He is greeted by a big hug from his coach Conte on the sidelines.
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Juventus' ball retention has been poor at times this evening, but since they went 2-0 up they have kept the ball superbly in midfield and seen this game out with ease.
A second change for Juventus as Osvaldo replaces the man who opened the scoring Llorente.
OFF THE POST! De Jong has done a sterling job on Pogba today, but for once he loses the France midfielder, and he almost makes him pay with a low drive from 20 yards that flicks the post before deflecting wide. Abbiati was beaten there.
The match is beginning to wind down now, with Milan struggling to make any impact on the Juventus defence. Pazzini, amongst others, has faded in the second period after a great showing in the opening 45 minutes. Now he is largely anonymous.
From the resulting free-kick Pirlo tries his luck but his effort is just too high as it flicks the crossbar on it's way over the top.
Yellow Card Daniele Bonera
Bonera picks up Milan's first yellow card as he trips Tevez. Juventus also make a change as Lichtsteiner is replaced by Padoin.
A number of Milan fans are beginning to leave the stadium now. They have decided their team aren't going to get back into this one now, and they are probably right.
GOOD SAVE! Buffon has to be on his toes as Emanuelson strikes a vicious effort from 30 yards that the goalkeeper pushes away from danger with both hands.
Juventus are finally getting chance to pass the ball around in midfield, with Montolivo now off and de Jong having to push forward slightly more. Milan are trying everything to get back into this game.
The San Siro crowd is very quiet now their side are two goals down, and it seems they have resigned themselves to defeat. It seems unlikely now that they will get back into this one despite their excellent attacking showing.
A final roll of the dice for Seedorf as Taarabt, who has faded in this second half, is replaced by Robinho.
Tevez's goal has seen him go above Fiorentina's Rossi at the top of the Serie A goalscoring charts. That is his 15th league goal of the campaign.
Milan work a clever corner which leads to Rami volleying an effort from 20 yards through a crowd of players. Buffon sees it fairly late but is able to hold onto the bouncing ball.
That second goal has taken some of the wind out of Milan's sails. They have given everything in this match but it is seeming as if even that won't be enough to down this Juventus side. There's still time though.
Milan are having to push more men forward now, and Tevez and Llorente almost capitalise, though the former's pass is too heavy. Meanwhile Montolivo is sacrificed by Milan, with Honda on in his place.
Goal Carlos Tévez
WHAT A GOAL!!! Juventus lead by two, and Tevez has scored an absolute screamer. The forward was involved throughout on the edge of the box before finding some space around 25 yards from goal. De Jong looked to close him down but he was too late as the Argentine lashed in an effort that crashed off the underside of the bar and into the back of the net.
Assist Andrea Pirlo
With three quarters of the game gone we have entered something of a lull in proceedings, and that is to be expected given the great pace at which much of this match has been played. Seedorf and Conte will surely be thinking about changes in the near future.
Yellow Card Andrea Pirlo
Pirlo is slightly fortunate to escape with just a book as he catches Saponara late with his studs showing. He will now miss next week's Fiorentina match through suspension.
Llorente has shown some excellent touches on the rare occasion the ball has found him, and he again troubles the Milan defence as he controls a long ball on the edge of the area. Abate can't get close to him, but fortunately for the home side Rami gets across well to challenge.
Juventus again give the ball straight to a Milan player when given time on the ball, but the hosts cannot capitalise as Kaka takes one too many touches and loses out to Bonucci on the edge of the area.
The hosts' second attempt at the set-piece isn't much better as Montolivo curls it well over the top as he fails to get the dip on the strike he would have wanted.
Yellow Card Claudio Marchisio
Milan take an age working out who is going to strike a free-kick from the edge of the area. Eventually Montolivo touches the ball to Rami, but Marchisio makes a good block. Unfortunately for Juventus he is adjudged to have encroached and picks up a yellow card.
That injury has taken some of the tempo out of the game, but Juventus are having to defend in numbers to keep Milan away from the penalty area. This could be a long second half for the Serie A leaders.
Saponara is the man onto replace the stricken Poli, who has suffered a sickening blow to the back of his head.
Poli has stayed down in the Juventus box after that chance after Caceres caught him with his head as he tried to clear. The defender has cut himself and is having a bandage applied, though it is the young attacking player who is being stretchered off after the clash.
Buffon is now in the action, and after first doing well he almost gifts Milan a goal. A whipped in cross from Taarabt evades everyone and the goalkeeper has to react quickly to parry low to his left. He then picks up the ball with his feet but gives the ball straight to Kaka. His cross is met by Poli, but his header is wide of the mark.
SAVED! Rami has done well at the heart of the Milan defence this evening, but he is caught out by a superb pass by Pirlo here. Tevez is able to get behind the defender, but Abbiati gets down well to smother his poweful strike across goal.
Not quite the frantic start we saw in the first half, but it looks like we are in for another 45 minutes of good attacking play. Kaka is quickly involved on the left as he feeds Emanuelson, but the full-back's cross is too close to Buffon and he is able to catch above his head.
Juventus kick-off and we are back underway for the second half...
The two teams are making their way back onto the pitch ahead of the second half. Will the game continue at such a great pace? We're about to find out...
Seedorf will have to lift his players at the break, but with Bonucci and Barzagli out of sorts Juventus will still be concerned despite leading the match. With Milan's attacking potency they cannot afford to just sit on their lead. I'll be back in ten minutes for the second period.
Milan have no time to reply and the half-time whistle is blown. There was a stunned silence around San Siro when Llorente found the net, and after dominating the first period that could be a real hammer blow to Milan's chances of victory.
Assist Stephan Lichtsteiner
Goal Fernando Llorente
GOAL!!! Against the run of play, Juventus have the lead, and it is Llorente with the goal. Bonera's poor defensive header allows Marchisio to beat Abbiati to the ball, and after he and Tevez combine, Lichtsteiner gets to the byline before crossing for Llorente, and he cannot miss from six yards. Clinical from Conte's men.
OVER THE BAR! Milan again slice open the Juventus defence as Taarabt feeds Kaka in the box, and after the midfielder's curling effort is parried by Buffon, Poli has an opportunity from close range, but it flies over the top.
Juventus' disappointing showing has been illustrated by the fact that we have seen little of Tevez and Llorente since the opening 20 minutes. The visitors need to get them more involved.
Pazzini is another Milan player who is enjoying himself. The striker benefits from Bonucci missing a header, and after he turns Barzagli he gets a shot away that Buffon can hold with relative ease.
Abate has quietly been having an excellent game on the Milan right, and he combines well with Taarabt to get to the byline, but his cross is cut out this time. The hosts are certainly on top and will be hopeful of a goal before the break.
A wicked corner from Montolivo eventually leads to Taarabt heading over the top, though the referee's whistle has already gone for a push on Pogba in the area.
Barzagli is the man in trouble this time as he is robbed by Kaka before slipping over, but Taarabt's touch is poor and the ball dribbles through to Buffon. The Juventus defence is all over the place at present.
GOOD SAVE! Buffon busy again as Kaka shows quick feet on the left before finding his captain Montolivo. The midfielder takes a touch before shooting from 25 yards, and Buffon is able to parry away with strong hands. A decent stop from the Juventus skipper.
More comical defending from Bonucci as Pazzini turns the centre-half on the edge of the box, but Poli cannot take advantage as he leans back and fires over from the edge of the box.
Finally the fans and players have time to take a breath as Milan look to build-up patiently from midfield. De Jong and Montolivo are certainly getting the better of Pogba and Marchisio at present.
This has been an absolutely breathless opening 28 minutes, and both sides should have found the net. Lichtsteiner and Kaka have wasted the best chances, with both defences struggling to cope thus far.
OFF THE LINE! Milan should now have the lead, and Bonuci has redeemed himself here. The defender is left for dead by Pazzini, and after he finds Taarabt, Kaka has time to curl an effort goalwards. Buffon saves with his feet, but the Brazilian should score with the rebound, only for Bonucci to clear under his own crossbar. How this is still 0-0 I don't know.
Now Buffon is tested for the first time in the match as Emanuelson controls a high ball before hitting a rasping drive with his right foot. The Italy goalkeeper is a little lethargic in getting down to his right, but he saves well enough by the post.
Another opportunity for Juventus as Pirlo's corner from the right finds Caceres at the near post, but his powerful header flies just wide. Milan need to be tighter at set-pieces.
This match has begun at a superb tempo, with both sides certainly going for it. Some better play in the final third may well have seen goals at both ends already. As it is, we are goalless.
WHAT A SAVE! Somehow Juventus aren't in the lead after a comedy of errors leads to Lichtsteiner testing Abbiati. Taarabt loses the ball on the left before Tevez crosses for Llorente. He miskicks, but the wing-back is on hand to finish from close range, only for the goalkeeper to somehow parry with his body. A great chance missed by La Vecchia Signora.
Yet another shot on goal as Pogba tries an audacious effort from 30 yards that is far too high to trouble Abbiati. Llorente and Lichtsteiner aren't happy with the Frenchman as they offered better options than to shoot from that distance.
Llorente and Tevez combine for the first time as the Spaniard wins a header on the edge of the area and the Argentina international latches onto it, only to hit his effort straight at Abbiati. Better from the Serie A leaders.
Pazzini is working exceptionally hard up front on his own for Milan without always getting his rewards. He is looking to make sure Balotelli isn't missed this evening.
Yet another shot for Milan as a cross is cleared to Emanuelson on the left-hand side of the area, but his volleyed effort is sliced well wide. You can certainly see the confidence Seedorf has given this side since taking over the coach's role.
Another half-chance for the hosts as Taarabt drives in a cross from the right that Pazzini looks to divert goalwards with his head. He cannot get it on target though as it drops wide of the post.
Despite Milan's efforts on goal, it has been a fairly even opening to proceedings. The attacking play from both sides is especially impressive and if this carries on we should see goals.
Yet more good attacking play from Milan as Pazzini gets down the right before heading into Kaka's path. The Brazil man's shot isn't the best, though, as it goes the wrong side of Buffon's right-hand post.
Taarabt is full of confidence, and he again looks to make some space to shoot on the edge of the Juventus box. He eventually gets a shot in, but it is blocked well by Barzagli before dribbling out for a goal kick.
Milan have been able to recover from that shaky start, and after Juventus fail to clear their lines, Taarabt finds space on the edge of the box and shoots from 20 yards. Buffon is equal to it though and holds on at the second attempt.
Juventus very much starting on the front foot as Lichtsteiner cuts in from the right before trying to curl one with the outside of his foot. It is off target, though, and Abbiati had it covered at his near post nevertheless.
A mix-up in the Milan defence leads to Asamoah finding space on the left, but with time to shoot he gets his effort all wrong and slices it well wide.
The referee's whistle blows and Milan get us underway...
The pre-match formalities are over and the two teams are ready for kick-off. Can Juventus continue their fantastic Serie A campaign? Or will Milan's resurgence under Seedorf continue? We're about to find out...
The two teams are making their way onto the field and there is an electric atmosphere inside the stadium. This game has all the ingredients of being a classic.
If Milan are to win this evening, they would be the first side to defeat Conte's side in league football since October. Seventeen matches have been played since then, and with both Tevez and Llorente in irresistable form, they will again take some stopping by the home defence.
We are now just five minutes from kick-off in Milan and there is set to be a fantastic atmosphere inside San Siro. After the local debry with Inter, this is the Rossoneri's biggest game of the campaign, and there is unsurprisingly a full house awaiting the two teams.
One of Seedorf's best moves as coach has been bringing in Adel Taarabt from QPR in January, with the playmaker influential in the club's recent upturn in fortunes. The former Tottenham man has struggled in his time in the Premier League, but Serie A could be where he finally fulfils his undoubted potential.
Since taking over the coaches role at San Siro, Seedorf has certainly had the desired effect on this Milan side. The Rossoneri have only lost one of their six league matches since he took charge, and only Juventus have earned more points in the same period of time. This is by far the toughest test he has faced and as a former Milan player I'm sure he will relish it.
This weekend has already been a good one for Juventus, with main title rivals Roma and Napoli both dropping points against Inter and Livorno repsectively. Conte's side can open up an 11 point gap at the summit this evening; a lead which they surely wouldn't give up between now and the end of the campaign.
Juventus are without influential midfielder Vidal through suspension, so Marchisio takes his place in the centre of midfield. Chiellini isn't fully fit, so Caceres starts in defence while Asamoah is fit to take his place on the left-hand side.
The big team news from Milan's point of view is the loss of Mario Balotelli through injury, so Pazzini starts up front in his place. There is a boost in goal with Abbiati returning to fitness to take his place between the sticks.
Juventus: Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Caceres; Pirlo; Lichtsteiner, Pogba, Marchisio, Asamoah; Llorente, Tevez.
Milan: Abbiati; Abate, Rami, Bonera, Emanuelson; De Jong, Montolivo; Taarabt, Poli, Kaka; Pazzini.
Before we go any further, the two team line-ups are in ahead of kick-off...
Ninth in Serie A and 31 points off the top of the table, this season has already been written off in terms of Champions League football for Milan. They can still, however, qualify for the Europa League and a win tonight will breed plenty of confidence ahead of the final run-in.
Juventus currently have an eight point lead at the top of the Serie A table, but they cannot afford any slip-ups with Roma and Napoli still very much in the hunt for the title. Games at San Siro against Milan are always hard fought, but Antonio Conte will be confident of yet another victory for La Vecchia Signora.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the massive Serie A encounter between Milan and Juventus. There may be a huge gap between the two sides in the league table this season, but this is still one of the stadout fixtures of the Italian season, and with Clarence Seedorf's side going through something of a renaissance, this should be a superb match. I'm Tom Maston and I'll be guiding you through all the action from San Siro.
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