🇮🇹 Serie A spotlight: Ruthless Milan land lethal blow to Juventus

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Padraig Whelan

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After Milan’s 3-0 loss to Lazio at the end of April, there was a concern that their chance had slipped away again.

The team has, with good reason considering their calendar, struggled to keep up their early season form for large spells of 2021.

They came into the year touted as potential title challengers but that charge didn’t last.

Champions League qualification for the first time since 2013 remained the aim and, thanks to landing a haymaker on Juventus by mustering up the energy for one final attack, they may have achieved it.

The Rossoneri went into Sunday night’s game having slipped in four of their last eight games and their top four momentum looked to have completely stalled.

And then they did that. Milan took three off Juventus but it could have been more as they registered their first ever Serie A victory at the Allianz Stadium.

The main culprit for not piling on the agony even more was Franck Kessié, as he took Milan’s penalty misses for the season to five, level with Eibar as the most in any of Europe’s top five leagues.

But that’s nitpicking. Brahim Díaz curled a beauty in for the opener as the 21-year-old became the youngest player since Alex Pato to net for the Rossoneri in this fixture.

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By the time Ante Rebić had curled in a majestic second, the writing was on the wall for Juve, not just in the context of this game but also for their Champions League ambitions.

And how staggering would that be?

They came into this season hoping to make it a decade of domestic dominance in Serie A. There’s a very real chance they’ll end it outside of the top four.

With Sassuolo, Inter and Bologna (as well as a Coppa Italia final) to come in their final three games, they’re now left hoping that not only do Milan or Napoli’s opponents do them a big favour but ensure they’re in position to capitalise.

Times really have changed in Italy. The last time Milan won at the Old Lady in the league, it was current Napoli boss Gennaro Gattuso who got a rare winner.

It now looks like he and his former club could end up celebrating at Juve’s expense.

And elsewhere …

  • Inter, Atalanta and Roma all clicked brilliantly for big wins, each racking up five goals over the weekend
  • Cagliari took a massive step away from relegation with a 3-1 win over Benevento in their six-pointer
  • Lazio’s Champions League dreams were dealt a fatal blow by Dusan Vlahović and Fiorentina

😱 Goal of the Weekend

Not only could it be so important but Rebić’s strike was the definition of postage stamp.

🥇 Player of the Weekend

Two goals, the main man in midfield and now very much the new local hero who has emerged as Roma’s leader. How do they keep churning this talent out?