Dybala rescues sedate Juve in win over MilanArchive
TURIN: Juventus continued to climb up the table as they beat AC Milan 1-0 to string together three consecutive Serie A wins for the first time this season.
Argentina striker Paulo Dybala scored the only goal in a sell-out at the Juventus Stadium on Saturday, where there was increased security a week after the deadly attacks in Paris that took 130 lives and left hundreds more injured.
Earlier, Mattia Destro came back to haunt his old side as he scored a late penalty to help Bologna draw 2-2 against title-chasing AS Roma.
Roma moved provisionally level on 27 points with table-topping Fiorentina and Inter Milan, while Bologna inched two points clear of the relegation zone.
Juve’s victory took them above their opponents into sixth place on 21 points, with the Rossoneri dropping to seventh, one point behind.
Fans and players alike applauded during the French national anthem in Turin and Bologna.
Juve’s Paul Pogba and Patrice Evra were playing for France in the friendly international against Germany at the Stade de France when explosions took place across Paris.
There was heightened security in Turin, which is located little more than an hour’s drive from the French border.
Milan travelled to Turin hoping to build on a recent purple patch that has seen Sinisa Mihajlovic’s men take 10 points from their last four league outings.
But despite causing the Turin giants problems, the Rossoneri had no reply to Dybala’s fine effort after 65 minutes.
The forward scored his sixth of the season when he controlled Alex Sandro’s driven cross before slamming a powerful effort past Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Milan’s 16-year-old keeper had been the game’s outstanding player, saving a long-range shot from Claudio Marchisio and a deflected Hernanes free kick in the first half, and blocking a Pogba effort from almost 40 metres on the hour.
Days before hosting Manchester City in a Champions League clash that could see Juve into the last 16 of the competition, the Bianconeri looked nervous throughout a first half of few real chances.
“The important thing was to win and go ahead of Milan in the Serie A table,” Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri told Mediaset Premium. “Hopefully we’ll get a good result on Wednesday against Manchester City too.”
There were three penalties in the early match, on a waterlogged pitch in Bologna.
Miralem Pjanic and Edin Dzeko both scored from the spot for Roma in the second half to leave the capital side seemingly heading for all three points before Destro also converted three minutes from full time after a Vasilis Torosidis foul on Emanuele Giaccherini.
Destro — who spent two and a half seasons at Roma — was booked for taking his shirt off as he celebrated wildly. Adam Masina had given Bologna the lead in the 14th minute, firing in from close range after Roma failed to clear a corner.
“There was little football to see tonight, how could there be in these conditions?” Roma coach Rudi Garcia told Mediaset Premium. “It was possible to stop the game and the referee should not have gone ahead.”
Published in Dawn, November 23rd, 2015