Milan e Juventus they share the stakes: the big match of 23rd day of Serie A in fact it ends 0-0. The two teams try to win the game, but fail to strike up potentially dangerous actions. In the end, the balance prevails over the show.
In the last match before the break, the Rossoneri manage to hang up Napoli at 49 points, but because of the goal difference they lose the second place in the standings. The bianconeri miss the opportunity to overtake Atalanta in fourth place and remain in the Europa League area.
From the kick-off it is clear that both teams intend to play the game. In fact, the Rossoneri and the Bianconeri gave life to an intense match, full of contrasts in the middle of the field and seasoned by many errors in the setting phase, the result of the pressing carried out on both fronts.
In the first half, the focus of the game is the left lane, where Milan relies on the inspiration of Leao and the continuous overlapping of Theo Hernandez. Juve are not surprised and those few times that an attentive De Sciglio blows himself up, there is immediately a teammate to double to put a piece on it. Allegri’s boys turn instead to Dybala who lowers himself in the middle of the field to set up. All in all, the half-time result is fair.
In the second half the teams are more open, but both offensive departments appear uninspired and do not even build a potentially dangerous action.
It was a very poor match in scoring chances, thanks to the lack of great ideas from the protagonists on the pitch. Having to choose an episode, we would opt for the goal ball that happened on the feet of Rafael Leao in the first half: the Portuguese was good at communicating with his teammates and converging towards the center; even the shot is well aimed, but Szczesny is ready.
The MVP of the San Siro match is unsuspected. In fact, no one would have expected such a capital performance from Rodrigo Bentancur. The Uruguayan steals the show from the most anticipated protagonists and pulls out a game full of really fundamental defensive interventions. Every now and then he makes some mistakes in setting, but his recoveries save Juve on more than one occasion.
MILAN (4-2-3-1): Maignan; Calabria (75 ‘Florenzi), Kalulu, Romagnoli, Theo; Krunic, Tonali; Messias (61 ‘Saelemaekers), Brahim Diaz (61’ Bennacer), Leao (75 ‘Rebic); Ibrahimovic (27 ‘Giroud). Trainer: Stefano Pioli.
JUVENTUS (4-4-2): Szczesny; De Sciglio, Rugani, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Cuadrado (65′ Bernardeschi), Bentancur (90′ Rabiot), Locatelli (65′ Arthur), McKennie; Dybala (90′ Kulusevski), Morata (74′ Kean). Trainer: Massimiliano Allegri.
REFEREE: Di Bello from Brindisi.
WARNINGS: Locatelli (9 ‘), Leao (12’), Messias (43 ‘), Kean (88’).
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