AC Milan Primavera’s four-game unbeaten run came to an end today, with Juventus running out narrow winners at Vismara: the matchday 18 showdown finished 1-0 to the Bianconeri. It was a harsh scoreline for the Rossoneri, who produced a courageous display and created plenty of chances in both halves after falling behind to Da Graca’s early goal.
The Diavolo took to the pitch with a very young starting line-up, but Juventus’ goal from their first shot inevitably had a big bearing on proceedings. However, Coach Giunti’s side reacted well. Jungdal was solid between the sticks, while Coubis and Kerkez were very lively out wide. Despite a lack of ruthlessness, El Hilali, Nasti and Roback also produced positive displays in attack. Next Saturday, the Rossoneri will have the chance to bounce back when they play Torino at home at 13:00 CEST.
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For the first time this season, Coach Giunti fielded six players born in 2003 from the first minute. The game didn’t begin well for the Rossoneri, who fell behind with three minutes on the clock as Da Graca fired past Jungdal. The Diavolo looked to respond immediately, with Mionić coming close with a header in the sixth minute. AC Milan were more than holding their own, with Nasti and El Hilali both posing a threat. Nevertheless, the best chances of the opening period fell to Roback on the counter, but Garofani was able to deny the Swede twice in a matter of minutes towards the end of the half.
After the restart, Nasti had an attempt at goal as the Rossoneri immediately pushed forward, but the visitors then responded with efforts from Miretti and De Winter on the 55-minute mark. Jungdal remained alert to save both. AC Milan continued to believe and had an opportunity in the 63rd minute through Nasti, who had been picked out by Kerkez, and then through El Hilali a minute later. Both teams were expending a lot of energy but, after Jungdal had saved a shot from Da Graca, it was the Rossoneri who finished the game better. Indeed, Garofani showed excellent reflexes to keep out an effort from N'Gbesso in the 79th minute, while Robotti’s volley was then blocked by Omic. Juventus held on.
AC MILAN 0-1 JUVENTUS
AC MILAN (4-3-2-1): Jungdal; Coubis, Michelis, Obaretin, Kerkez (86' Oddi); Frigerio (86' Robotti), Brambilla, Mionić (57' Saco); El Hilali, Roback (76' N'Gbesso); Nasti (76' Tonin). Subs.: Moleri, Pseftis; Pobi, Filì, Tahar, Tolomello, Cretti. Coach: Giunti.
JUVENTUS (4-2-3-1): Garofani; Mulazzi, De Winter, Riccio, Ntenda; Miretti (89' Bonetti), Barrenechea (80' Omic); Soule Malvano (89' Cerri), Sekulov, Iling-Junior (61' Turicchia); Da Graca. Subs.: Raina, Scaglia, Fiumano, Cotter, Sekularac. Coach: Bonatti.
Referee: Marcenaro from Genova.
Goals: 3' Da Graca (J)
Booked: 24' Nasti (M), 52' El Hilali (M), 54' Mulazzi (J), 58' Obaretin (M)
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