23 mins: Juventus nearly hand Milan a goal from the goal kick, passing it around in their own area only for Castillejo to close down Szczesny and get his studs on the ball, when more significant contact would have given him an open net!
23 mins: And Milan nearly score on the break! Rafael Leao pretty much magics this out of nothing, dribbling mazily towards the edge of the box before attempting a curler which curls just wide of the far post!
Lovely goal from Juventus! Chiesa has the ball on the right, he passes infield to Dybala and runs into the area, Dybala backheels perfectly into his path, and Chiesa sidefoots past Dunnarumma and in at the far post! That is scrumptious!
12 mins: Good pressing from Juventus pushes Milan back, but they play their way out of it with confidence and a couple of passes later Dalot has the ball on the right and Hauge has space in the middle, but the cross doesn’t quite pick him out.
The final whistle has just blown in Naples, where Napoli have gone down 2-1 at home to Spezia, their first win in nine games. Napoli remain fourth, but will be overtaken by Juventus if they win tonight.
Well, this is exciting.Juventus, Serie A champions in 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20, find themselves 10 points off the lead, albeit with a game in hand and with the season less than half-cooked. Thanks to Inter’s unexpected 2-1 defeat at Sampdoria this afternoon Milan lead the pile, themselves briefly enjoying a game in hand on their two closest challengers, Inter and Roma, and would have a 13-point lead over the nine-time successive champions should they win this evening in the first of three successive home fixtures against Turin-based sides (with Torino next in the league on Saturday, and coming back again in the cup next Tuesday).
“We know the importance of this match,” Andrea Pirlo says. “Milan-Juventus always was fascinating as a player and will be as a coach . We’ll do our best, but I don’t think it’s decisive for the rest of the championship.”
Time will tell on that front, I suppose. Welcome! And here’s the latest league table: