AC Milan’s 27-game unbeaten run in Serie A ended Wednesday with a 3-1 loss to Juventus that provides the defending champion renewed hope of a 10th straight title.
Federico Chiesa scored twice for Juventus with American Weston McKennie including the third purpose as Milan misplaced within the league for the primary time since March, a streak courting again to final season.
“The lads are upset however in a manner it’s good for us to expertise the bitter style of defeat, as a result of it’s been some time,” Milan coach Stefano Pioli mentioned. “I gave them a pat on the again, as a result of while you give your all there shouldn’t be any regrets.”
Davide Calabria had equalized shortly earlier than halftime for Milan, which had been the final unbeaten crew in any of Europe’s prime 5 leagues.
Milan nonetheless maintained its league lead, some extent above metropolis rival Inter Milan, which misplaced 2-1 at Sampdoria. Juventus moved into fourth, seven factors behind Milan with a recreation in hand. A loss for Juventus would have stretched Milan’s result in 13 factors and left the Turin membership’s nine-year stranglehold on the title hanging by a thread.
“It was essential to win tonight for ourselves,” mentioned Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo, who performed for Milan for 10 seasons. “We didn’t take a look at the outcomes of the others, we take it recreation by recreation after which we’ll see the place we’re in a number of months.
“We had recreation, it was essential to play with this spirit, management the sport and attempt to win.”
Each Milan and Juventus had gamers dominated out with the coronavirus whereas the house aspect was additionally lacking a number of by means of harm, together with key ahead Zlatan Ibrahimović.
“Seven gamers out is so much for anybody,” Pioli mentioned. “We knew that if there was a crew that we may discover ourselves in issue towards, it was Juve. It’s a crew that has received 9 straight titles, has nice gamers and we held our personal.”
Chiesa hit the submit earlier than opening the scoring within the 18th minute, stroking Paulo Dybala’s backheeled flick into the underside left nook following a swift one-two with the Argentine.
Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny was pressured into quite a lot of saves earlier than Milan leveled 4 minutes earlier than the break with a speedy counterattack that ended with Rafael Leão rolling the ball throughout for Calabria to put into the highest proper nook.
Chiesa restored Juve’s lead within the 62nd minute however went off seconds later with an harm. His substitute, McKennie, scored within the 76th from shut vary after good work from Dejan Kulusevski down the appropriate flank.
Each of Sampdoria’s objectives have been scored by former Inter gamers to finish Inter’s eight-match profitable streak.
Antonio Candreva put Sampdoria forward with a penalty earlier than Keita Baldé Diao completed off a well-worked counterattack earlier than the break.
Stefan de Vrij pulled one again for Inter with a header within the 65th however the guests’ sorely lacked a totally match Romelu Lukaku, who got here on just for the ultimate half hour as he returns from harm.
Alexis Sanchez had a penalty saved early on by Sampdoria goalkeeper Emil Audero, after which Ashley Younger knocked the rebound off the submit.
Third-place Roma moved inside three factors of Inter with a 3-1 win at last-place Crotone earlier than internet hosting the Nerazzurri on Sunday.
Inter’s solely different league loss this season got here in mid-October, when it was defeated 2-1 within the Milan derby.
Sassuolo beat relegation-threatened Genoa 2-1 with a late header from Gianluca Raspadori to maneuver into fourth, holding on to the ultimate Champions League spot.
Atalanta remained one level additional again after defeating Parma 3-Zero with objectives from Luis Muriel, Duvan Zapata and Robin Gosens to maneuver stage on factors with Napoli, which misplaced 2-1 at dwelling to promoted Spezia.
Spezia fought again from a purpose down and Tommaso Pobega scored the winner regardless of his aspect having been diminished to 10 males following a second yellow card for defender Ardian Ismajli.
Additionally, Lazio defeated Fiorentina 2-1 with objectives from Felipe Caicedo and Ciro Motionless.
Hellas Verona drew 1-1 at Torino; Filippo Inzaghi’s promoted Benevento squad received 2-1 at Cagliari; and Bologna drew 2-2 with Udinese.