AC Milan 1-3 Juventus: Stunning Federico Chiesa brace and Weston McKennie strike sees Serie A leaders slip to first defeat of the season
- Federico Chiesa scored a stunning brace as Juventus beat AC Milan 3-1
- The forward opened the scoring with a sweet strike in the 18th minute
- David Calabria levelled for Milan before Chiesa made it 2-1 in the second half
- Weston McKennie added a third in the 76th minute to confirm the victory
- The home side had been heavily hit by Covid-19 ahead of the fixture
Juventus inflicted a first Serie A defeat of the season on league leaders AC Milan as a Federico Chiesa double led the Italian champions to an exhilarating 3-1 win at San Siro on Wednesday.
Chiesa fired home a superb opener before makeshift midfielder Davide Calabria equalised for Milan at the end of an eventful, end-to-end first half.
But the visitors pulled away after the break as Chiesa curled in his second and substitute Weston McKennie swept in from close range to consign Milan to their first league defeat since March 8, 2020, a run of 27 games.
Federico Chiesa scored twice as Juventus beat Serie A leaders AC Milan 3-1 at the San Siro
Chiesa opened the scoring in the 18th minute after a slick piece of football from the visitors
The young forward scored his second goal in the 62nd minute with a sensational solo effort
Stefano Pioli’s side remain top of the table on 37 points, one ahead of second-placed Inter Milan, who lost to Sampdoria earlier on Wednesday.
Juventus rise to fourth place on 30 points, but have a game in hand over the three teams above them.
Pioli was forced to play right back Calabria in midfield after Rade Krunic and Ante Rebic were ruled out on matchday following positive Covid-19 tests, adding to an absentee list including Sandro Tonali, Ismael Bennacer, Alexis Saelemaekers and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Davide Calabria equalised for Milan just before the end of an eventful, end-to-end first half
Weston McKennie made it 3-1 after combining with fellow substitute Dejan Kulusevski
Juventus had issues of their own, with Juan Cuadrado and Alex Sandro in isolation and Alvaro Morata injured, but the selection problems did not impact the quality of an action-packed opening period.
Chiesa blasted a powerful half-volley off the post before finding the breakthrough in the 18th minute, when a clever backheeled pass from Paulo Dybala sent the Italy international through on goal to finish.
Rafael Leao curled a shot narrowly wide and Chiesa had another effort saved before Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesnyâs diving save stopped an Aaron Ramsey clearance from flying into his own net.
Juventus rise to fourth place but have a game in hand over the three teams above them
Milan hit back four minutes before the break when Leao picked out Calabria in the box and he fired into the top corner.
The tempo dropped slightly in the second half and Juventus took control on 62 minutes when Chiesa curled a left-footed shot into the bottom corner.
The winger was forced off after hurting himself in the process, but the strength of the Juve bench showed when two replacements combined for their third.
Dejan Kulusevski weaved into the box from the wing and laid off a pass to McKennie, who was left with a simple finish from six yards.
AC Milan (4-2-3-1): Donnarumma; Kjaer (Maldini 81); Romagnoli; Hernandez; Dalot (Conti 81); Hauge (Diaz 67); Calhanoglu; Castillejo (Colombo 87) Kessie; Calabria (Kyatengwa 87); Leao
Subs not used: Musacchio; Donnarumma; Maldini; Frigerio; Duarte; Conti; Tatarusanu
Scorers: Calabria (41)
Juventus (4-4-2): Szczesny; Danilo; De Ligt; Frabotta (Demiral; 87) Bonucci; Bentancur (Bernardeschi 74); Ramsey (Arthur 74); Chiesa (McKennie 64); Rabiot; Ronaldo; Dybala (Kulusevski 64)
Subs not used: Buffon; Di Pardo; Dragusin; Chiellini; Da Graca; Fagioli; Portanova
Scorers: Chiesa (18, 62); McKennie (76)
Booked: Danilo; Bentancur
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