Saturday April 20, 2013 Day 33 Juventus Stadium

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  1. Serie A - Vidal inches Juventus close to title with win over Milan

    Serie A - Vidal inches Juventus close to title with win over Milan

    Juventus re-established their 11-point lead at the top of Serie A with a 1-0 victory over AC Milan on Sunday evening. More

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    • 90 The referee blows the final whistle and Juventus have won 1-0.
    • 89 Bonucci concedes a late free kick near the halfway line after a tussle with Pazzini. Montolivo chooses to shoot from at least 35 yards but his deflected strike ricochets off Pazzini into the path of Mexes. He decides to shoot quickly but fires well wide from 12 yards.
    • 88 Time is running out for the visitors to earn a point at the Juventus Arena.
    • 86 Milan have been restricted to long range efforts as they look to maintain their unbeaten record in 2013.
    • 83 Lichtsteiner is replaced by Padoin.
    • 79 Milan enjoy a sustained spell of possession in the final third as Bojan, Constant and Boateng all try to search for a killer pass.
    • 78 Milan are beginning to push Juve back as the search for an equaliser.
    • 76 Boateng does well to push Chiellini aside out wide and drive into the penalty area. From a tight angle he crosses towards Pazzini at the near post, but Bonucci darts across to clear with a vital interception. Shortly after, Muntari fires straight at Buffon.
    • 72 Mexes picks up a booking for a strong challenge on Vucinic.
    • 72 Milan make their final change as Bojan comes on Robinho.
    • 70 Juve have upped their game since the break and a swift attack results in Vucinic's shot well blocked by Mexes.
    • 68 Zapata picks up a yellow card after blocking a forward run from Vucinic with a cynical challenge.
    • 64 Milan's unbeaten league record in 2013 is now under severe threat as Juve chase forward in search of a second goal.
    • 62 Juve are in complete control now and Pogba heads over from Pirlo's out-swinging corner.
    • 59 Amelia was booked for clattering into Asamoah but Abate was equally responsible for failing to clear when he had the opportunity.
    • 56 Vidal steps up and smashes it high into the top-corner giving the goalkeeper no chance.
    • 56 Amelia is shown a yellow card for the challenge.
    • 56 Amelia comes off his line and brings down Asamoah, giving the referee no option but to point to the spot.
    • 56 At the other end Vidal tries a similar through ball in search of Vucinic, but once again a strong defender intercepts as both sides remain deadlocked.
    • 55 Asamoah's poor touch puts Milan clear on the counter, but Chiellini covers with precision to cut out Boateng's diagonal pass into Abate and win a free kick.
    • 55 Both sides have allowed the opposition time and space on the ball but have got numbers back to deny them options in the final third.
    • 51 It's been a much brighter start to this second half with both sides have sights of goal but continue to be restricted to shots from outside the area.
    • 50 Mexes breaks forward and after creating a shooting opportunity, he fires straight at Buffon.
    • 48 Second attempt on Amelia's goal in quick succession as Claudio Marchisio unleashes from 25 yards but it was never worrying the Milan shot stopper. At the other end, Boateng fires over from similar distance.
    • 47 Positive start to the second period by Juventus but Chiellini can't keep his header down.
    • 46 Sulley Muntari has been introduced at the interval for Ambrosini, who seemed to pick up a slight knock shortly before the break.
    • 46 We're back underway in Turin.
    • 45+2 The closest we have come to a goal was a deflected free-kick from Pirlo but the midfielder's shot was saved by a fine reflex stop from Abbiati, who was forced off shortly after with a leg injury.
    • 45+2 Allegri's side have just about shaded a tight affair so far without providing service for Pazzini or El Shaarawy to test Buffon in the final third.
    • 45+2 The referee blows the whistle for half-time and in truth it's been pretty uninspiring stuff so far. Neither side have been able to find their passing touch and there have been few goal scoring opportunities. Milan will be the happier however.
    • 45+2 Juve are happy to sit deep and allow Milan possession in their own half.
    • 45 Two minutes have been added.
    • 44 Milan are enjoying the majority of the possession but are struggling to break down this resolute Juve rear guard.
    • 42 Pazzini puts Bonucci under pressure as he aims to shepherd the ball out for a goal kick. The forward's efforts are rewarded as he robs possession near the corner flag. He eventually turns inside and darts towards the penalty area but is denied by a strong, important challenge from Chiellini.
    • 40 With just five minutes until the break, the passionate home fans are trying to lift their side and urge them forward.
    • 37 Robinho uses his speed and trickery to get away from the Juve challenges and run at the defence but after feeding Pazzini on the right, the home side re-group and see the danger out.
    • 34 Goal scoring opportunities have been at a premium thus far with Pirlo's free-kick after a few minutes the highlight of what has been a pretty poor first half.
    • 32 The home fans beginning to vent their frustration after a pretty lackluster start to this game by their side. They have yet to get out of second gear.
    • 31 Decent opportunity for Vucinic from Pirlo's set-piece but he fails to make decent contact and his header sails well over.
    • 30 Milan are allowing Pirlo time and space in midfield but have done well to restrict the amount of options he has by marking the likes of Pogba and Vucinic.
    • 28 First time Amelia has been called into action as Pirlo's free-kick takes a nick off the wall but it's a comfortable save for the 'keeper.
    • 26 Abate takes on two Juve defenders and does well to get to the by-line to cross for Robinho but the striker's near-post flick goes into the side netting.
    • 24 Ambrosini goes in a bit late on Chiellini and is a little fortunate not to go into the referee's notebook.
    • 22 Uncharacteristically, Pirlo gives the ball away in a dangerous position but after pouncing on the loose ball quickly, Ambrosini drags his effort harmlessly wide of the target.
    • 21 Milan have been sloppy in possession thus far and have wasted some good chances to get at the home defence. Kevin Prince-Boateng is the latest culprit as he over-hits a straight forward pass.
    • 19 After today's results, Juventus hold an eight point lead over Napoli but they will be eager to clinch the title as soon as possible. They've started very positively here this evening.
    • 18 AC Milan are undefeated in their last 14 matches in Serie A but have been on the back foot so far in this game after a bright start. They are seeing plenty of the ball in their own half but Juventus are pressing high to deny them any space.
    • 16 Most of the play has come down the Juventus right flank and this time Lichtsteiner breaks forward before crossing towards the back post where Pogba tries an acrobatic effort but it goes wide.
    • 14 Swift counter-attack by Juve but Vidal's cross is over-hit.
    • 12 AC Milan have been forced into an early change as Abbiati is forced off with an injury after making that reflex save. Amelia comes on in his place.
    • 11 It's been a pretty even opening ten minutes with both sides seeing plenty of the ball in the final third.
    • 10 Paul Pogba tries his luck from long-range but was never going to trouble Abbiati as his effort sails well over.
    • 7 Great save from Abbiati to deny Pirlo from the free-kick. The midfielder's effort takes a deflection off the wall and nearly wrong foots the 'keeper but he does brilliantly to re-adjust and push the ball to safety,
    • 6 Robinho gives away a free-kick in a dangerous position for controlling the ball with his arm. Andrea Pirlo lining up the set-piece, 25 yards from goal.
    • 5 Kevin Prince-Boateng breaks from midfield after escaping the challenge of Pirlo before laying it off to El Shaarawy but his well struck effort is straight at Buffon.
    • 3 The visitors are seeing plenty of the ball in the opening exchanges.
    • 1 Positive start from Milan as Robinho finds a pocket of space but his shot goes wide.
    • 1 The home side get us underway, playing from right to left in their traditional white and black kit.
    • 19:43 The pre-match handshakes have taken place on front of a sell-out crowd at the impressive Juventus Stadium. We're almost set for kick-off...
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    • 19:39 Milan have gone for a three-man attack this evening in the absence of Mario Balotelli, who continues to miss out through suspension. El Shaarawy and Robinho will occupy wide positions, while Massimo Ambrosini is back in central midfield for the suspended Matheiu Flamini.
    • 19:39 The home side have Georgio Chiellini back in defence tonight despite the Italian international suffering with a persistent ankle complaint. His inclusion means that Antonio Conte's side are at pretty much full strength.
    • 19:34 JUVENTUS: Buffon, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Pogba, Asamoah, Marchisio, Vucinic.... Subs: Storari, Rubinho, Caceres, De Ceglie, Peluso, Bendtner, Padoin, Giaccherini, Quagliarella, Matri, Isla, Marrone. /// AC MILAN: Abbiati, Abate, Zapata, Mexes, Constant, Montolivo, Ambrosini, Boateng, Pazzini, El Shaarawy, Robinho. Subs: Amelia, Narduzzo, Yepes, Antonini, De Sciglio, Bonera, Zaccardo, Traoré, Nocerino, Muntari, Bojan, Niang.
    • 19:33 Kick off is less than fifteen minutes away and team news is coming up...
    • 19:31 Having started the season in dreadful fashion, Milan have found a new consistency since the turn of the year and have only lost once in their last 16 fixtures in all competitions.
    • 19:30 The Bianconeri have looked irresistible in their bid for back-to-back league titles this term, dominating their rivals with stylush and attractive football. Antonio Conte's side have won their last five Serie A games, beating the likes of Catania, Inter Milan and Lazio.
    • 19:27 It's one of the most eagerly anticipated Serie A battles of the season and there's plenty at stake for both sides this evening. Juventus are currently top of the pile, leading second place Napoli by eight points while AC Milan are a further four points behind in third as they continue their push for Champions League qualification.
    • 19:26 Good evening and welcome to LIVE coverage of tonight’s Serie A clash between leaders Juventus and AC Milan.

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