Quagliarella 24′, Del Piero 65′
Juventus travelled to Milan Saturday evening and claimed a vital victory thanks to goals from Fabio Quagliarella and Alessandro Del Piero. The victory gives hope that this could be the year the Old Lady claims back the Scudetto. On the other side, Milan faltered in yet another big game, more evidence to underlie the magnitude of the job facing Massimiliano Allegri and the fact that a few star names cannot regenerate this stale Milan side.
With the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza rocking, Milan stormed out the traps. An inspired Zlatan Ibrahimovic curled an effort that ricocheted off the cross bar. The giant Swedish international was at it again shortly after combining well with Alexandre Pato before being denied by a smart stop by Marco Storari.
Milan had the visitors pinned back but could not capitalise on such relentless pressure and the Bianconeri began to grow in to the match as Christian Abbiati was forced in to action as first, Felipe Melo, then Alessandro Del Piero took aim from distance.
With their first real opportunity, Juventus grabbed the lead as Paolo De Ceglie whipped in a cross that was met by a thumping Quagliarella header who leapt high above Alessandro Nesta and Sokratis Papastathopoulos to silence the Giuseppe Meazza.
Milan were clearly shocked and struggled to come up with any sort of reaction with the lacklustre Robinho and Pato failing to discover any spark to create an opening as a frustrated Ibrahimovic became isolated up front.
With Juventus sitting back on their lead the Rossoneri assumed the initiative but were unable to find anything more than long range efforts in an attempt to draw level. As Milan became more frustrated they began to look precariously uneasy to the Juventus counter attack as the home side looked unsure in how to respond to the early Juventus goal.
Mid-way through the second half the visitors doubled their lead, perhaps undeservingly, as Milan through caution to the wind. Luca Antonini was dispossessed by Mohammed Sissoko who bore down on goal but clumsily faltered at the key moment, but before the chance disappeared the Malian dug out a pass back to Del Piero who clinically finished to send the away fans in to raucous celebration.
Antonini did atone for his error late on by delivering a pin point cross that Ibrahimovic rose high to nod past Storari, but in truth, Milan failed to conjure up anything in an attempt to snatch a point as the game petered out.
Juventus return to Turin with a huge three points that could ignite their season and provide new impetus for the revival of the Old Lady. Milan however must gather themselves quickly before the crunch match with Real Madrid mid-week in a desperate need of a response to protractors that claim Allegri’s side cannot cut it against the elite opposition.