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Played
October 6, 2013 7:45 PM BST
Juventus Stadium — Torino
Referee:‬ G. Rocchi‎
Attendance:‬ 38722‎
 
Top of the Match
Giorgio Chiellini
Giorgio Chiellini
Juventus
Andrea Pirlo
Andrea Pirlo
Juventus
Flop of the Match
Philippe Mexes
Philippe Mexes
AC Milan
Philippe Mexes
Philippe Mexes
AC Milan

Juventus 3-2 AC Milan: Bianconeri bounce back to beat 10-man Rossoneri

Sulley Muntari struck at the start and at the end of the game in Turin, but goals from Andrea Pirlo, Sebastian Giovinco and Giorgio Chiellini proved sufficient for the Bianconeri

Andrea Pirlo - Juventus
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Juventus continued to put pressure on second-placed Napoli after a superb second-half performance helped them to a 3-2 win over AC Milan.

The visitors made the perfect start when Sulley Muntari's opener with just 20 seconds on the clock stunned the home crowd, but Andrea Pirlo levelled matters 14 minutes later before Sebastian Giovinco and Giorgio Chiellini turned things around after the break.

Milan were always facing an uphill struggle when Philippe Mexes was sent off with 15 minutes to play, and a late Muntari second proved scant consolation.

Simone Padoin, Claudio Marchisio and Fabio Quagliarella all came into the Juventus starting line-up as boss Antonio Conte made changes after their disappointing draw with Galatasaray in the Champions League.

Meanwhile, Massimiliano Allegri made two alterations from his side's 1-1 draw against Ajax, with Antonio Nocerino named in midfield and Alessandro Matri coming in to face his former club, for the suspended Mario Balotelli.

Juventus' hangover from European action continued as they fell asleep inside the first minute to go behind after just 20 seconds as Nocerino's wayward shot found Muntari at the far post and the midfielder side-footed the ball past the helpless Gianluigi Buffon.

Quagliarella had a glorious chance to level as Juve sought a response, but he lent back at the pivotal moment, before Kwadwo Asamoah stung Christian Abbiati's palms as the goalkeeper turned the ball over for a corner.

The equaliser was not long in coming, however, as Pirlo pulled the home side level in the 15th minute with a free kick that found the bottom corner after Nigel de Jong had brought down Carlos Tevez.

The experienced midfielder curled the ball expertly over the wall, although Abbiati could have done better as he palmed the ball into the net.

The frantic pace eventually subsided, although Juventus had strong penalty claims turned down when Tevez was brought down inside the box just before the break - the Argentine striker's appeals waved away after Kevin Constant's apparent push.

Tempers flared early in the second half when Mexes punched Chiellini, although amazingly the referee failed to spot the incident and the Milan defender escaped punishment.

With both sides cancelling each other out, Conte threw on Giovinco to replace Quagliarella soon after - and within a few minutes the forward had repaid that faith.

The Italy international picked up the loose ball on the edge of the box after 69 minutes following more Juventus pressure, before finding room to smash his shot into the bottom corner.

The game swung further in Juve's favour when Mexes was sent off for a second yellow card - failing to escape for a second time after a foul on Giovinco on the edge of the box.

And when Chiellini added a third from the resulting free-kick, reacting first after Pirlo's brilliant effort had cannoned back off the crossbar, the victory was secured.

There was still time for Muntari to add a second for Milan when his deflected effort surprised Buffon at the near post, but Juve held on in a nervous last minute.


Juventus

1
Gianluigi Buffon
Goalkeeper
3.50
3
3.50
15
Andrea Barzagli
Defender
3.00
19
3.00
8
Claudio Marchisio
Midfielder
2.50
20
Simone Padoin
Midfielder
55′
2.50
21
Andrea Pirlo
Midfielder
15′
3.50
22
Kwadwo Asamoah
Midfielder
3.00
23
Arturo Vidal
Midfielder
69′
3.00
10
Carlos Tévez
Striker
85′
3.50
27
2.50

AC Milan

3.00
32
2.00
5
2.50
17
3.00
20
2.50
21
Kevin Constant
Midfielder
17′
4.00
4
Sulley Muntari
Midfielder
1′ 90′ 92′
3.50
18
3.00
34
Nigel De Jong
Midfielder
14′ 86′
2.50
-
2.00
7
Robinho
Striker
76′
2.00
32

Substitutes

30
Marco Storari
Goalkeeper
 - 
34
Rubinho
Goalkeeper
 - 
5
 - 
11
 - 
13
 - 
-
Marco Motta
Defender
 - 
6
Paul Pogba
Midfielder
55′
3.50
33
Mauricio Isla
Midfielder
 - 
12
4.00
14
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
1
Marco Amelia
Goalkeeper
 - 
59
Gabriel
Goalkeeper
 - 
81
 - 
28
 - 
8
 - 
16
Andrea Poli
Midfielder
86′
 - 
-
 - 
9

Coach/Manager

-
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Coach/Manager

 
  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
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