07 July 2020
Milan completed a comeback to claim a 4-2 victory over Juventus at San Siro on Tuesday evening. The Bianconeri took a two-goal lead in the second half, but three goals in five minutes meant the scoreline turned in favour of the hosts.
GOALLESS FIRST HALF
The Bianconeri came into the game without the services of the suspended de Ligt and Dybala but were able to welcome back the return of Alex Sandro from injury. After a slow start, Juventus started to take command of the game and they came close to scoring when Bernardeschi’s free-kick grazed over Bonucci’s head to go out of play, while Ronaldo struck an angled drive from distance that went out at the far post. Ibrahimovic had two efforts denied by Szczesny, with goalscoring chances were few and far between for the remainder of the half. Each side did, however, have an effort at goal before the break, with Donnarumma pulling off a save on Higuain’s effort, while Milan had an Ibrahimovic goal ruled out for offside inside stoppage time.
RABIOT, SIMPLY MAGNIFIQUE
Juventus couldn’t have asked for a better start to the second half, as they made it 0-1 through Rabiot. The Frenchman hit a sublime effort from range: after first nutmegging Theo Hernandez, he ran through the midfield, beat his markers and let rip to rattle the back of the net.
RONALDO ADDS A SECOND
Six minutes later, the scoreline doubled in favour of the Bianconeri. A long ball was sent up the field towards Ronaldo, but a defensive error by Milan allowed for the Portuguese to strike it first time on his left foot, as it sailed past Donnarumma into the back of the net.
MILAN THREE GOALS IN FIVE MINUTES
Milan managed to turn the game on its head with three goals in five minutes. The Rossoneri were awarded a penalty just after the hour mark when VAR deemed Bonucci to have handled the ball: Ibrahimovic stood up to take it and he slotted it past Szczesny into the bottom left corner. Milan then drew level following a great team move, which saw Kessie fire the ball into the back, before a third goal meant the hosts took the lead when Leao ran into the box, beat his marker and fired the ball past Szczesny.
ROSSONERI TAKE HOME THE POINTS
Sarri then opted to make three changes straight away, taking off Pjanic, Higuain and Rabiot and replacing them with Ramsey, Douglas Costa and Matuidi. Rugani came agonisingly close to making it 3-3 with a header that forced Donnarumma to pluck it off the line, but it was Milan who would take home the win when they added a fourth and final goal. Bonaventura burst into the box, fed it through to Rebic, who fired it home to make the scoreline 4-2.
Milan: G Donnarumma; Conti, Kjaer, Romagnoli, Theo Hernandez; Kessie, Bennacer; Saelemaekers, Paqueta, Rebic; Ibrahimovic
Milan bench: Begovic, A Donnarumma, Calabria, Bonaventura, Calhanoglu, Leao, Biglia, Colombo, Krunic, Gabbia, Laxalt, Maldini
Juventus: Szczesny; Cuadrado, Bonucci, Rugani, Danilo; Bentancur, Pjanic (Ramsey 69’, Rabiot (Matuidi 69’); Bernardeschi, Higuain (Douglas Costa 69’), Cristiano Ronaldo
Juventus bench: Pinsoglio, Buffon, Chiellini, Ramsey, Douglas Costa, Alex Sandro, Matuidi, Olivieri, Muratore, Coccolo, Vrioni