Locatelli's Strike Secures Juventus' 1-0 Win Over AC Milan in Serie A Clash
|Manuel Locatelli of FC Juventus celebrates with his teammates after scoring opening during the Serie A TIM match between AC Milan and Juventus at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 22, 2023 in Milan, Italy.(Image-Getty)
Manuel Locatelli's Second-Half Strike Propels Juventus to a 1-0 Victory over AC Milan in Serie A
In a closely contested Serie A encounter on Sunday, Juventus clinched a crucial 1-0 win against AC Milan, thanks to Manuel Locatelli's decisive goal in the second half. The match took an unexpected turn as Milan's Malick Thiaw was handed a direct red card, reducing the hosts to 10 men five minutes before halftime due to a last-man foul on Moise Kean.
Taking advantage of the numerical superiority, Juventus intensified their efforts, and Locatelli found the net in the 63rd minute with a deflected long-range shot, catching Milan goalkeeper Antonio Mirante off guard after the ball ricocheted off Rade Krunic.
With this victory, Juventus now stands third in the Serie A standings with 20 points, trailing Milan, who are in the second position with 21 points, and league leaders Inter Milan by just one point after the ninth round.
Expressing his thoughts on the game, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri admitted that his team could have managed the one-man advantage better. "Once we were against 10 men, we did not start the second half well. In the final minutes, we lacked patience and kept allowing Milan counter-attacks," Allegri remarked during an interview with DAZN. He emphasized the importance of building on the win and rectifying the areas where the team faltered.
AC Milan, aiming to reclaim the top spot in Serie A following Inter's victory against Torino, faced several challenges, notably the absence of key players like first-choice goalkeeper Mike Maignan and defender Theo Hernandez, both serving suspensions.
Despite a strong start by Milan's Olivier Giroud, denied by a sharp save from Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, the match unfolded with intense moments, including Kean's missed opportunity and Thiaw's unprecedented red card during the first half of a Serie A clash between the two rivals in over 25 years, echoing the incident involving Milan's Zvonimir Boban.
Although Mirante conceded the goal, his exceptional saves, particularly in the dying minutes of the match, highlighted his remarkable goalkeeping skills. Meanwhile, Allegri's visible frustration culminated in a yellow card as he stormed off the pitch, emphasizing the need for improved ball control and game management when playing against a ten-man side.
Looking ahead, Juventus is set to host Hellas Verona in their upcoming match on Saturday.