Tevez takes San Siro


Carlos Tevez was decisive yet again as Juventus ended Milan’s dream start at San Siro with a 1-0 victory. This was a top of the table showdown between two of the only three teams with a 100 per cent record after two rounds. Max Allegri returned to face the club that fired him in January, while Pippo Inzaghi took on his old club too. Andrea Pirlo was injured and Arturo Vidal only fit for the bench, but Giorgio Chiellini had his first Serie A appearance of the season. The Rossoneri were fresh from an epic 5-4 victory at Parma, but lost Diego Lopez, Alex, Riccardo Saponara, Riccardo Montolivo, Michael Essien and the suspended Daniele Bonera. San Siro was completely sold out with 78,681 tickets spectators and the Curva had a large choreography reading: ‘A year of rage to become great again.’ Roberto Pereyra had the first chance, firing over the bar, but after a period of Juventus pressure early on, it was Milan’s turn to pin the visitors back with Andrea Poli’s effort charged down. Keisuke Honda got between defenders for a splendid header on Zapata’s cross, forcing a great one-handed save out of Gianluigi Buffon from eight yards. Christian Abbiati also had to make himself big at Fernando Llorente’s feet moments later after a smart Stephan Lichtsteiner flick. Abbiati was again called upon to get down and palm away a Pereyra snapshot at full stretch, then from the corner Leonardo Bonucci sprung the offside trap for a backwards header over the bar. Juve lost Martin Caceres to a left thigh injury, making way for Angelo Ogbonna. Claudio Marchisio unleashed a sudden screamer from distance that beat Abbiati only to crack against the base of the near post. Lichtsteiner’s solo run reached a dead end and sparked a counter that saw Jeremy Menez sting Buffon’s gloves. After the restart Llorente dribbled past three in the box until Ignazio Abate cleared before he could pull the trigger. Marchisio threatened again, unmarked from a corner his angled drive flashed just past the far post, as Juve began to pour forward. The pressure paid off and Tevez broke through, as he completed a give-and-go with Paul Pogba to slice the Milan defence apart and flicked his finish over Abbiati. Apache celebrated his fourth goal in as many games with a baby’s pacifier in his mouth. Fernando Torres made his Serie A debut, but Pogba almost set up a magnificent chance for Arturo Vidal when his step-over and prodded pass with the outside of the boot was intercepted. Both Pogba and Menez had timid penalty appeals waved away in the final minutes.