Serie A - Marchisio late show sees Juve down Milan

Sun, 02 Oct 23:37:00 2011

Claudio Marchisio scored two late goals as Juventus beat Milan 2-0 in a tense Serie A match at the Juventus Arena.

Juventus' Claudio Marchisio (L) scores past AC Milan's goalkeeper Cristian Abbiati during their Italian Serie A soccer match at Juventus stadium in Turin - 0

The attacking midfielder's first in the 87th minute was slightly fortunate as Daniele Bonera's clearance cannoned off him and into the goal - but he deserved it after playing two quick one-twos with team-mates.

Soon after Milan's former Portsmouth midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng was sent off for a second bookable offence, handball, then deep in injury time Christian Abbiati fumbled a volley between his legs to set the home fans celebrating three deserved points.

Juve go joint top of the table with Udinese following the win. They have the same number of points and goal difference but the Old Lady has scored more goals.

Champions Milan are suffering an injury crisis, with Philippe Mexes, Robinho, Pato, Gennaro Gattuso and Massimiliano Ambrosini all sidelined, while Juve are unbeaten this season.

The Rossoneri started the brighter, with Antonio Cassano especially lively when popping up on either flank, but it was the Old Lady that had the first effort on goal - although you could hardly call it 'in anger' as Stephan Lichtsteiner's floated cross proved awkward and was just tipped over by Abbiati.

The Milan shot-stopper was excellent until his late aberration. In the 33rd minute he saved well low down from the excellent Mirko Vucinic - back from suspension - after he received a ball to feet from Arturo Vidal and turned to shoot.

When he was beaten by Montenegrin Vucinic, on 37 minutes, the ball came crashing down off the underside of the crossbar while the flag went up against Pepe who was following in.

Boateng received his first yellow card for an elbow while jumping with Lichtsteiner then Marchisio almost opened the scoring with a lovely control and volley after beginning a move that took in Vidal and Vucinic. The sides went in at the break goalless but breathless after an energetic first 45 minutes.

In the first minute of the second period Abbiati somehow saved underneath his crossbar as home defender Leonardo Bonucci bundled a cross towards goal from three yards out then at the other end Gianluigi Buffon was equally as impressive in tipping an Antonio Nocerino volley wide of the far post after an excellent floated cross from Cassano.

The diminutive striker, Milan's most creative player on the night, was replaced by Urby Emanuelson after the hour mark as the game remained tight but entertaining. Zlatan Ibrahimovic became increasingly frustrated on a night to forget for the ponytailed Swede.

Thiago Silva made an important tackle as Vucinic looked to come inside and finish - he could easily have fired across goal from the right - and Vidal sent a low missile past the far post after Vucinic laid off for him.

Vucinic, dangerous all evening, came inside to bend a shot just wide of the far post with 10 minutes remaining as the tension cranked up.

It was released by a typical Marchisio move. Attacking the left, he played first-time one-twos with Vidal and Vucinic to break into the box and, getting to the ball at the same time as Bonera, their mutual touch on the edge of the six-yard box beat Abbiati.

Boateng inexplicably threw out an arm to flick the ball away from Giorgio Chiellini as he went in to head it and caught both the ball and the Bianconeri defender's face; despite the obvious infringement, he argued his case for some time.

In the third of five minutes added on, Marchisio volleyed a dropping ball for goal from distance and saw it squirm through the legs of Abbiati to confirm the result.

Jonathan Symcox - on Twitter: @jonathansymcox / Eurosport

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