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    Juventus
      19.09.2014 20:09 - in: Serie A S

      Last time out against the Rossoneri

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      March’s 2-0 win with goals from Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez  enables the Bianconeri establish an 11-point lead over Roma at the summit of Serie A in Milan

      Following on from the previous week’s derby day win over Torino, Antonio Conte’s side beat Milan 2-0 at the San Siro on 2 March to subsequently perform a domestic double over the Rossoneri.

      Going into the game, the Bianconeri had only lost once on the road all season (a 4-2 defeat to Fiorentina in October 2013) and were looking to dispose of a Milan outfit who were surprisingly lying in the bottom half of the Serie A table.

      Juventus were also after a 56th success over their counterparts whilst Milan were attempting to reach half a centenary of victories.

      The Old Lady had to weather an early storm from Clarence Seedorf’s side before fashioning a clear chance on 17 minutes when Christian Abbiati did well to keep out Stephan Lichtsteiner’s effort from point-blank range.  

      On the half-hour mark, Kaka (who had returned after a spell with Real Madrid) almost put the Rossoneri ahead.  

      Two bites at the cherry saw Gigi Buffon initially parry straight back into the Brazilian’s path, but even though his follow-up beat the Italian No. 1, an incredible goal-line clearance from Leonardo Bonucci ensured the contest remained goalless.

      Buffon was in action again soon after, first palming away Riccardo Montolivo’s long-range effort and then Kaka’s exquisite curler before Andrea Poli arched the subsequent rebound over.

      With Conte’s side seemingly under the cosh, their resilience paid off one minute before the half-time interval.

      A neat interchange between Carlos Tevez and Lichtsteiner saw the Swiss defender pull the ball back for Fernando Llorente on the penalty spot. The Spaniard guided his right-footed effort into the bottom corner to deflate Seedorf’s outfit who had looked firmly in control.

      Milan came out from the break as they did the first, exerting pressure on the Bianconeri backline but it was to be the away side who would double their advantage midway through the second-half.

      Ex-Rossoneri midfielder Andrea Pirlo squared to Tevez on the centre circle before the Argentine carried the ball into the space in front of him and hit a cracking 20-yard effort which flew past Abbiati and cannoned off the underside of the bar before nestling in the back of the net.

      It was a goal worthy of winning any game.

      Juventus could have further extended their lead through a trademark Pirlo free-kick and a typical lung-busting slalom run and shot from Paul Pogba but both efforts struck the bar and post respectively.

      There was still time for Robinho to hit the upright when he looked odds-on to score but the visitors hung on for another great win at the San Siro to send them 11 points clear of Roma at the top of Serie A.

      The goalscorers both had their say on another classic win in Milan, with Tevez also giving a bit of insight into that celebration:

      After performing a string of excellent saves to keep the scores level before Llorente’s opener, Buffon ended proceedings by giving his thoughts on Tevez’s important but spectacular finish:

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