In a riveting Serie A clash, Juventus clinched a crucial 1-0 victory against AC Milan at the iconic San Siro stadium, halting the hosts’ bid for the top spot in the league.
The match, played in the shadow of the San Siro, unfolded as a testament to resilience and showcased the ever-evolving dynamics of Italian football.
Juventus midfielder Manuel Locatelli emerged as the hero with a decisive strike in the 62nd minute, propelling the visitors to third place in the standings, trailing Milan by a single point and leaders Inter by just two.
AC Milan faced an uphill battle for over 50 minutes after defender Malick Thiaw received a red card for denying Moise Kean a clear scoring opportunity. This setback proved pivotal in the course of the game.
The hosts’ return to Serie A action after the international break was marred by the absence of key players due to injuries and suspensions. Milan’s third-choice goalkeeper, 40-year-old Antonio Mirante, took the field in the absence of Mike Maignan and Marco Sportiello.
Notably, Thiaw’s red card marked a significant moment in the Juventus-Milan rivalry, as the first player to be sent off in the first half since 1998. Additionally, statistics revealed Milan’s susceptibility to straight red cards in recent seasons.