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Serie A Match of the Week: Juventus vs. AC Milan

A match considered by many as a must-win for Juventus and one that could help Milan pull away with the lead for the Scudetto race. Like most of this season this match was plagued with a bunch of players contracting Covid-19 and not being able to participate. Furthermore, there were multiple players with injuries so both teams were not at full strength. This match shaped up to be an instant classic and it did not disappoint.

A match considered by many as a must-win for Juventus and one that could help Milan pull away with the lead for the Scudetto race. Like most of this season this match was plagued with a bunch of players contracting Covid-19 and not being able to participate. Furthermore, there were multiple players with injuries so both teams were not at full strength. This match shaped up to be an instant classic and it did not disappoint.

The match came with an aggressive start as Theo Hernandez of Milan committed a very reckless challenge on Federico Chiesa in the 4th minute. This would be a trend in the rest of the game considering it was featuring two heated rivals and top contenders for the Scudetto.

In the 15th minute off several headers the ball fell perfectly to Chiesa who hit it 1st time banging the top corner bar just missing out on a goal. Only minutes later in the 18th a beautiful backheeled pass from Dybala to a perfectly timed run inside the middle from Chiesa led to him slotting it into the back corner to make it 1-0 for Juventus.

In the 40th minute Davide Calabria hit a phenomenal one-time top corner finish on the counter after a debatable no call on the other end on Rabiot making the score 1-1 to end the half. For most of the 1st half Juve looked very shaky playing out of the back and seemed uncomfortable passing the ball in their final third. Overall a very even 1st half in terms of opportunities, good exchange of runs from both teams.

In the 59th minute Betancur committed a professional foul to prevent a counterattack from Milan and received a yellow card. 61 minutes in Chiesa took one touch on the edge of the box and curved a perfectly placed ball into the bottom left corner past Donnarumma to make it 2-1. In the 72nd minute Danilo received a yellow for challenging Theo on a run at goal. At the 75 minute mark Kulusevski made a great run up the right side, put it across the box and on a plate for McKennie to finish it for a 3-1 lead for Juve. They were both subbed on only 13 minutes prior to that, both impactful substitutes for Pirlo late on.

In the end Juventus won the match 3-1 in what was a thriller to watch as a fan! This game between two heavyweights certainly lived up to all the hype.

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