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      07.10.2013 10:37 - in: Serie A S

      Juve v Milan, the statistics

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      Andrea Pirlo puts in a formidable performance as the Bianconeri are content to leave the majority of possession to their opponents but dominate in all other areas during last night’s second half

      The statistics from yesterday evening’s match at Juventus Stadium show the Bianconeri taking back a steady hold on the game after the shock of going behind to Sulley Muntari’s goal with just 20 seconds played.

      In the first half, fans inside the ground witnessed the rare event of the away side having the greater share of the possession as Milan enjoyed 64% of the ball.

      But the final figure shows the extent to which Antonio Conte’s men turned things around: the hosts had increased their percentage of the ball to 43.3 by the time Gianluca Rocchi blew the full-time whistle, a change that not only shows a more balanced match-up after the break but also goes some way to revealing the way in which Juve began to set the tempo.

      Juventus upped their game in the second half to come back from behind for the sixth time in all competitions this season, and overall they managed 20 shots to Milan’s eight. The fact that eight of those 20 were inside the area, compared to only three of the Rossoneri’s, clearly shows the Bianconeri’s greater penetration in attack.

      The way in which Conte’s men controlled the play in the second half can be put down largely to the excellent showing from Andrea Pirlo.

      The regista was in sparkling form last night, netting his seventh free-kick for the club and later setting up an straightforward open-goal opportunity for Giorgio Chiellini to finish after another set-piece cannoned off the bar into his path.

      But more than just the goals in yesterday's 3-2 triumph, he was instrumental in keeping the play moving and providing the impetus for the Juventus comeback from his position in midfield.

      With 55 successful passes, seven long balls, nine crosses and nine interceptions made, it really was a winning display from Juventus’ number 21.

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