Serie A: Federico Chiesa scores brace as Juventus end AC Milan's 27-game unbeaten run

AC Milan maintained their one-point advantage over city rivals Inter Milan who missed a chance to go top with a 2-1 loss at Sampdoria.

Agence France-Presse January 07, 2021 08:38:49 IST
Serie A: Federico Chiesa scores brace as Juventus end AC Milan's 27-game unbeaten run

Federico Chiesa scored two while Weston McKennie added the third in Juventus' 3-1 win. AP

Italian champions Juventus inflicted a first league defeat of the season on Serie A leaders AC Milan, ending their 27-match unbeaten run with a 3-1 win on Wednesday.

Stefano Pioli's side maintained their one-point advantage over city rivals Inter Milan who missed a chance to go top with a 2-1 loss at Sampdoria.

AC Milan had been unbeaten since before the coronavirus lockdown last March, with a run of 12 matches without defeat to complete last season where they finished sixth, and 15 games this campaign.

Federico Chiesa bagged his first brace for the champions, scoring on 18 and 62 minutes in the San Siro with Weston McKennie getting a third with quarter of an hour to go.

Davide Calabria had pulled a goal back before the break to level for Milan who were playing without injured star Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The hosts had been hit hours before kick-off with the news that forward Ante Rebic and midfielder Rade Krunic had tested positive for Covid-19.

The absence of the pair was a blow for the side already without their top scorer Ibrahimovic for an eighth league game with Ismael Bennacer and Alexis Saelemaekers also out and Sandro Tonali suspended.

Juventus pair Alex Sandro and Juan Cuadrado were also out with coronavirus.

Andrea Pirlo's side move up to fourth, seven points behind Milan but having played a game less.

Updated Date:

also read

Brazil will pick coach Tite’s successor only in January, confirms CBF
Football

Brazil will pick coach Tite’s successor only in January, confirms CBF

CBF president Ednaldo Rodrigues confirmed that he has never spoken with any football director about the coaching job after the World Cup.

Explained: How football provides migrants with a dream of a better tomorrow
World

Explained: How football provides migrants with a dream of a better tomorrow

Football is a global game, and migration is very much a part of it. According to a recent report from the International Centre for Sports Studies in Switzerland, around 14,000 footballers are expatriates, moving thousands of miles from home to play for a team in a different country

I-League: Real Kashmir continue unbeaten run with 1-0 win over Churchill Brothers
Football

I-League: Real Kashmir continue unbeaten run with 1-0 win over Churchill Brothers

A 76th minute header by substitute Ibrahim Nurudeen handed the Snow Leopards their first win over Churchill Brothers in the I-League