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Spirited AC Milan made to rue chances against Juventus

AC Milan lose against Paulo Dybala inspired Juventus
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AC Milan were kept at bay by Wojciech Szczesny with a 77th minute Paulo Dybala being the difference at full time.

Stefano Pioli led his team to break their 8-year winless streak at the Juventus Stadium. Despite putting up their best performance of the season, AC Milan failed to get over the line.

It was always going to be a tough task for the Milanese side given their poor form on the road. The Before the trip, Rossoneri have accrued three defeats from five away matches, and only five goals to show for.

Krzysztof Piatek, Theo Hernandez, Hakan Calhanoglu and Lucas Paqueta, all troubled Szczesny but could not end the Rossoneri’s run of nine successive Serie A defeats against the Turin giants.

Piatek’s free header failed to test Szczesny. While Lucas Paqueta’s looping header required a fingertip save from the Polish goalkeeper’s.

Theo Hernandez tried his luck from long distance. The former Real Madrid defender sent a thunderbolt down the Juventus goal but was kept at bay.

Piatek did test his compatriot with a stinging left-footed at the near post but to no avail.

However, it was Calhanoglu who was a constant thorn for the Juventus’ defense from set pieces.

While Milan huffed and puffed, it was a Paulo Dybala goal that secured the three points for Juventus. Milan were made to rue missed chances by Dybala, who repalced Cristiano Ronaldo at 55 minute mark. Dybala combined with Gonzalo Higuain and fellow substitute, Douglas Costa, to beat Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Despite the loss, Pioli was pleased with his players performance. The 54-yea-old bemoaned Milan’s inability to score as it resulted in their second successive league defeat.

“We put in the performance, were at least on a par with our opponents, if not more. But if you don’t turn those chances into goals, you are going to pay,” the coach remarked.

“We’ve got to keep working and improving. Our current position is unworthy of Milan and that must keep us worried and concentrated at all times.”

“Unfortunately, it’s the same thing I said last Sunday after Lazio, which is that we had the opportunities. I don’t think many have 15 shots on goal the way we did at the Juventus Stadium. But we need to convert more of them,” the former defender lamented.

Milan’s inability to hit the back of the net is a cause of concern. The Rossoneri are languishing 14th in Serie A, scoring a paltry 11 goals in their 12 matches.