Federico Chiesa scored two goals to spearhead Juventus’ 3-1 Serie A victory over AC Milan on Wednesday. Juventus’ victory at the San Siro stadium saw them move up to fourth in the league.
Chiesa opened the scoring in the 18th minute. The Italian winger latched onto a pass from Paulo Dybala after separating himself from Milan defender Theo Hernández. He then fired a shot which found its way into the far bottom corner of the goal.
Chiesa’s first goal of the match came just three minutes after he had struck the goalpost with a shot from a corner kick. Milan were not able to fully clear the corner kick, causing the ball to land at Chiesa’s feet. Sensing an opportunity, he took a shot which bounced off the post, keeping the scoreline goalless at the time.
With four minutes to go before halftime, Milan scored the equalizing goal. Rafael Leão sent in a cross which found Davide Calabria in the penalty area. Calabria, a right-back playing as a midfielder during this match, launched a well-struck volley to tie the score heading into the break.
In the 62nd minute, Chiesa scored his and Juventus’ second goal. He once again managed to get the better of Hernández, running past the Frenchman before easily beating Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma by shooting deep into the bottom corner. Unfortunately, Chiesa injured himself in the process of scoring the goal and was promptly substituted. He was replaced by Swedish winger Dejan Kulusevski.
It didn’t take long for Kulusevski to make an impact. In the 76th minute, he played a pass which found fellow substitute Weston McKennie. McKennie’s first-time shot from five metres out found the net and made it 3-1.
The remainder of the match was fairly uneventful with no further goals scored, allowing Juventus to see out a victory which closed their deficit to Milan to seven points. Milan, meanwhile, suffered their first league loss of the season but remained in first place by one point.
Commenting on his team’s performance, Juventus head coach Andrea Pirlo said, “It was important tonight above all to look for this spirit, the spirit of a team that wants to command, coming to a pitch this important against the team that is top of the league and playing our own game.”
Pirlo’s Milan counterpart Stefano Pioli was complimentary of his team’s performance despite the loss. “I gave the players a pat on the back, they deserved it. They shouldn’t have regrets after a game like this, they should keep their heads up,” he said.
Milan’s next league match will be a home clash against Torino on Saturday. Juventus will next take to the field at home against Sassuolo a day later.
7th January 2021 12:43
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