Milan punish struggling Juve

Serie A

AC Milan moved up to third and pushed Juventus out of the top four in Serie A with a 3-0 victory in Turin on Sunday evening.

Alvaro Morata set out alongside Cristiano Ronaldo with Giorgio Chiellini, Adrien Rabiot and Federico Chiesa recalled for Juve, as Milan had ex-Juventus Mario Mandzukic on the bench.

Milan made the first movement earlier on as Brahim Diaz swirled around the area to direct a snap shot narrowly over, and worked goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny to a firm stop later on.

Andrea Pirlo’s boys began to take control and with a minute to the half-hour mark Chiellini send a free header from a corner-kick wide of the near corner amidst a clear sight to the net.

Milan however had the final say in the final minute of the first half after Diaz evaded a challenge from Juan Cuadrado to curl into the top corner.

The Old Lady hit the accelerator pedal minutes inside the second half and worked a solid save off goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma from a quick fire effort by Rodrigo Bentancur.

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Milan could’ve made it two from the penalty spot on 57 minutes after the referee consulted the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) to penalise Chiellini for a handball, but Szczesny denied Franck Kessie.

The Rossoneri were forced into a substitution within the closing quarter as an awkward land from Zlatan Ibrahimovic led to his immediate removal and Ante Rebic hauled in.

Rebic made a big impact 12 minutes from time when he arrowed the top corner of the net with a sumptuous strike from outside the area.

Milan added more to Juventus’ misery with eight minutes to go after Fikayo Tomori attacked a delivery from Hakan Calhanoglu to head home.

Juventus went in search of a consolation in the remaining stages, but the Rossoneri held on to claim third spot on the table.