JUVENTUS proved they will not roll over in their bid for a TENTH stright Serie A title as they inflicted leaders AC Milan’s first league defeat of the season.
Andrea Pirlo’s side were 10 points behind their old rivals going into Wednesday night’s blockbuster after an inconsistent start to the campaign.
Federico Chiesa was at the double as Juventus beat AC MilanCredit: Getty Images – Getty
But a brace from Federico Chiesa and a Weston McKennie strike showed they are still the team to beat in Italian football.
Chiesa fired home a superb opener into Gianluigi Donnarumma’s bottom right corner following a beautiful back-heel flick by Paulo Dybala.
Makeshift midfielder Davide Calabria then equalised for Milan at the end of an eventful, end-to-end first half.
Juventus, though, claimed the goal shouldn’t have been allowed as Adrien Rabiot was fouled by Hakan Calhanoglou beforehand.
But that didn’t cost the Bianconeri as, with Cristiano Ronaldo quiet, Chiesa curled in his second after the break thanks to another assist by Dybala.
Milan pushed hard to level terms for a second time only for substitute McKennie to sweep home from close range to seal the points.
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The Old Lady inflicted their rivals first Serie A defeat of the seasonCredit: AFP or licensors
The result consigned Milan to their first league defeat since March 8, 2020, a run of 27 games.
The Rossoneri remain top of the table on 37 points, one ahead of second-placed Inter Milan, who also lost 2-1 to Sampdoria earlier on Wednesday.
Juventus meanwhile rise to fourth place on 30 points, but have a game in hand over the three teams above them.
Both clubs had been struggling amid an increasing number of positive Covid cases before kick-off.
Milan’s Rade Krunic and Ante Rebic were both ruled out while the visitors were also missing Alex Sandro and Juan Cuadrado.
The home side were also without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has been sidelined with a muscle injury since a 3-2 win over Napoli in November.