serie-a19 September 2021


Morata's early opener was cancelled out by Rebić's equaliser for a deserved draw for AC Milan

Given the circumstances, this draw can be considered a rather positive result. AC Milan came from behind against Juve and return home with a precious point, especially given how the game had gone until that moment. Ante Rebić got the equaliser for AC Milan, overturning Juve's fourth-minute lead - given to them by Morata. The early opener filled Juve with confidence and the hosts had the better of the action in the first half. Then, after the break, the real AC Milan came to play and, in spite of a raft of absences, penned Juve into their own half for the remainder of the game, before the Croat equalised for the guest, who could've even taken a late lead through Kalulu.

This was all without even thinking about absences and against a top side, who were almost obligated to take all three points. The bad news from the night concerns the injury to Simon Kjær, who came off midway through the first half to be replaced by the excellent Pierre Kalulu, who put in a positive performance on his first appearance of the season. Stefano Pioli's side conclude a tough week with a good point, but there's no time to rest; the Rossoneri are back in action on Wednesday as they host Venezia at San Siro. AC Milan will be hoping to keep up this good start and stay in amongst the action at the top of the table.



The Rossoneri struggled to get going in the first half and found themselves a goal down very early on. In the fourth minute, Juve broke quickly from a corner quickly through Dybala. The Argentine found Morata in acres of space and with a clear route to goal; the Spaniard carried it from the halfway line to the edge of the box and calmly slotted home. AC Milan struggled to react and Juve shut down any spaces that popped up, especially in and around their own 18-yard box. Sandro then whipped one in for Morata, who tried the near-post flick by Maignan got down smartly to turn the effort behind for a corner (16'). Tonali had a go from range in the 24th minute but it was straight at Szczęsny. Another chance fell the way of the Rossoneri with three minutes of normal time to go in the half; Rebić found the space to turn and get a shot off but it was blocked. Tonali picked up the loose ball and fired wide.

AC Milan looked to up the tempo in the second half but Juve looked solid at the back and conceded very little. In the 62nd minute, Alexis and Brahim combined beautifully but the Spaniard was denied. Six minutes later, Leão fired just over the crossbar. The equaliser came in the 76th minute: Tonali swung in the corner, which was headed home by Ante. Rebić had the chance to get his and AC Milan's second on the counter, but his effort whistled just over the bar (83'). Kalulu had a clear opportunity in the 86th minute but Szczęsny produced a fabulous stop to keep Pierre's effort out. The Rossoneri pressed for a late goal on the break, but Locatelli recovered well to get a block in on Florenzi. It ended 1-1.



JUVENTUS (4-4-2): Szczęsny; Danilo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Cuadrado (72' Chiesa), Bentancur, Locatelli, Rabiot; Dybala (79' Kulusevski), Morata (65' Kean). Subs: Pinsoglio, Perin; de Ligt, De Sciglio, Pellegrini, Rugani; Bernardeschi, Mc Kennie, Ramsey. Coach: Allegri.

AC MILAN (4-2-3-1): Maignan; Tomori, Kjær (36' Kalulu), Romagnoli, Hernández; Kessie (63' Bennacer), Tonali; Saelemaekers (63' Florenzi), Díaz (93' Maldini), Leão; Rebić. Subs: Jungdal, Tătărușanu; Ballo-Touré, Conti, Gabbia; Castillejo; Pellegri. Coach: Pioli. 

Referee: Doveri from Roma 1. 
Goals: 4' Morata (J), 77' Rebić (M). 
Booked: 65' Tonali (M), 65' Dybala (J).

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