serie-a07 July 2020


AC Milan overturn two-goal deficit to win 4-2 against Juventus

A comeback characterised by heart and quality, and one which reflects the spirit of the team in recent weeks. AC Milan ran riot on a brilliant night at San Siro, beating first-placed Juventus 4-2. This is after being two goals behind as well. It was a fantastic performance from a great group, who are becoming increasingly aware of just what they are capable of. A whirlwind comeback, three goals in five minutes. After Rabiot and Cristiano Ronaldo put the away side 2-0 up early in the second half, Pioli's Rossoneri didn't give up. Ibra got one back from the spot (62'), Kessie scored the equaliser (65'), Leão put the hosts ahead (67'), and Ante Rebić  put the cherry on top of the cake (80'). The reaction was great to see. It was the fruit of a never-say-die attitude, to not give up on a result in spite of being two goals down. "I need giants for my enormous anger", sang Guccini. And, in the face of Sarri's first-placed Juventus, AC Milan got angry and showed their enthusiasm, winning their fourth game in their last five matches. The Bianconeri became the Diavolo's third big victim after Roma and Lazio. The Rossoneri now continue their tough run of fixtures at the Stadio San Paolo against Napoli, Thursday 12 July at 21:45 CEST. Now's not the time to stop.


It was a very even first half, with chances coming on both sides. The Bianconeri had the first two opportunities of the game; Bonucci's header was wide (10') and Ronaldo couldn't find the back of the net (13'). AC Milan answered with Ibra, who had two chances on his left (23', 25'), both of which were saved by Szczęsny. Zlatan again, in added time, found himself free in front of goal and hit the back of the net, but the linesman flagged for offside. Nil-nil at halftime. A change for AC Milan at the break: Pioli sent on Çalhanoğlu in place of Paquetá, but a brilliant Rabiot strike gave Juventus the lead. The Bianconeri then doubled their lead: Cristiano Ronaldo took advantage of some confusion in AC Milan's back line and beat Donnarumma from a few yards out. The Rossoneri reacted immediately and, in the 62nd minute, Ibrahimović pulled one back from the spot after the ball struck Bonucci's arm. Three minutes later, the Rossoneri equalised: Kessie received the ball from Ibra, went past Bonucci and fired home to make it 2-2. And, to complete a lightning-quick AC Milan comeback, the Rossoneri went 3-2 up through Leão, whose shot caught Szczęsny out at his near post. Donnarumma saved Rugani's headed effort (78') and, in the 80th minute, Ante Rebić put his own stamp on the game, as the Croatian profited from Bonaventura's assist to cap off a brilliant night at San Siro for AC Milan. 



Milan (4-2-3-1): Donnarumma G.; Conti (82' Calabria), Kjær, Romagnoli, Theo Hernández; Kessie, Bennacer; Saelemaekers (60' Leão), Paquetá (46' Çalhanoğlu), Rebić (82' Krunić); Ibrahimović (66' Bonaventura). Subs.: Begović, Donnarumma A.; Gabbia, Laxalt; Biglia; Colombo, Maldini. Coach: Pioli

Juventus (4-3-3): Szczęsny; Cuadrado, Rugani, Bonucci, Danilo; Bentancur, Pjanić (69' Ramsey), Rabiot (69' Matuidi); Bernardeschi, Higuaín (69' Douglas Costa), Cristiano Ronaldo. Subs.: Buffon, Pinsoglio; Alex Sandro, Chiellini, Coccolo; Muratore, Ramsey; Bernardeschi, Olivieri, Vrioni. Coach: Sarri

Referee: Guida from Torre Annunziata
Goal: 47' Rabiot (J), 53' Cristiano Ronaldo (J), 62' rig. Ibrahimović, 66' Kessie (M), 67' Leão (M), 80' Rebić (M).
Booked: 31' Paquetá (M), 36' Bennacer (M), 61' Bonucci (J), 73' Conti (M). 

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