What do we know about the Juventus v Milan derby?


Vittorio Spagnolo/Getty ImagesFor the second time in two weeks, Juventus and Milan will meet in Turin on Sunday evening as the two sides clash for the Serie A title.

The Bianconeri have lost four of their last six games in all competitions, with a 3-0 defeat at Roma at the weekend having left them just a point clear of the top four.

It has been a tough couple of weeks for both teams, with the Rossoneri already struggling to score goals and only getting one point from a possible six points.

With the gap between them growing, the two clubs will be looking for a breakthrough against the Nerazzurri. 

The Juventus-Milan derby has not been played in Milan since January and is the last chance for fans to see the two teams in action before the Champions League final. 

It will be the first meeting between the two top-flight clubs in the derby’s history and will see the Nerazurri attempt to turn their fortunes around.

The hosts had to overcome a strong performance from Milan on Wednesday night and ended up drawing 1-1.

The Nerazors had an opportunity to break the deadlock just before the break and they did manage to get on the board for the first time in the match thanks to a goal from Sergio Agüero.

It was a good start to the game and after the restart, it was all the Bianconers.

They had a chance to equalise, but it did not look like it was going to happen and they fell behind by five points at the break.

The first half was full of chances and chances were coming in.

Both sides had chances to score and they both created chances to get into the game.

However, it did seem as though Milan were not getting enough of the ball. 

Milan’s first chance came from a great through ball by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but the ball was quickly cleared by the defence.

The Milan captain then made a run at Gianluigi Buffon, but he made a diving stop to deny the Sweden international. 

However, the Neramas were still not getting the ball and were forced to settle for a penalty. 

A long-range strike from Ibrahimovic ended up going in off the crossbar and in the end, it looked like the match was over. 

After the break, the visitors continued to press and had a few good chances.

Mario Mandzukic tried to fire in a low shot, but failed to find the target. 

Then, on 28 minutes, the referee decided to call for a corner.

The Nerazus’ keeper made a good save and the ball hit the post, but did not reach the target as the ball bounced off the line. 

Juventus looked to have made it 3-1 in the second half, but that was quickly changed after a goal by Diego Milito. 

As he crossed the ball into the box, the Milan midfielder was in no mood to take a touch and shot it home. 

In the 54th minute, the second-half was all Juventus.

The ball was cleared, and the Biancocelesti keeper made his first appearance of the game, clearing a pass from Dani Alves for a header.

The shot was just wide of the far post. 

Another opportunity was created by the Neras and this time it was Di Natale’s turn to make an impact.

He headed the ball past the Milan defence and past Buffon. 

Just before the hour mark, the hosts had a penalty appeal for a handball but it was not awarded.

The referee then made his final call and the Nerams were awarded a penalty and a penalty kick. 

“The goal came from an exceptional run from Di Natal.

He had a free kick from 25 yards and he was able to pass it back to Dani Alaves who then found Zlatani Ibrahimovic who went on to score the third goal,” Nerazu said.

“This was a real example of a player who is one of the best in the world.”

Juventus now sit third in Serie A and only three points adrift of the leaders.

Milan have only a point to show for their two wins so far this season. [AFP]

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