Federico Chiesa scores a brace to preserve unbeaten Juventus Milan

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The first loss of the season was inflicted by Juventus Turin on Serie A leaders Milan. The Italian champions won 3-1 at the San Siro Stadium on Wednesday thanks to a brace from Federico Chiesa. Before Davide Calabria equalized for Milan at the end of an eventful first half, Chiesa scored the opening goal.

But when Chiesa scored his second and substitute Weston McKennie fired in from close range, the visitors pulled away after the break. The outcome meant that since March last year, Milan conceded their first loss in the league – a streak of 27 games that lasted 304 days. John Stones exposes Manchester United and brings City back to the final of the Carabao CupContinue readingStefano Pioli’s side remains at the top of the table with 37 points, one ahead of Internazionale, who lost on Wednesday to Sampdoria. With 30 points, Juventus Turin is in fourth position, but has played one more game than the three teams above. After Rade Krunic and Ante Rebic fell out following positive Covid 19 tests, Pioli was forced to use defender Calabria in midfield, adding Sandro Tonali, Ismaël Bennacer, Alexis Saelemaekers and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the list of absentees. Juventus had problems of its own with Juan Cuadrado and Alex Sandro, and with the wounded Álvaro Morata, but the consistency of the first half was not affected. Before making the breakthrough in the 18th minute, Chiesa fired a strong half-volley against the post when the Italian international got to the end of a deft back pass from Paulo Dybala to score. Rafael Leão shot just wide of goal, and before Wojciech Szczesny made a brilliant save to avoid Aaron Ramsey’s ball from going into his own net, Chiesa had another attempt blocked. Milan hit back four minutes before the break when Leão played Calabria in the box and fired into the top corner. In the second half, the pace eased a bit and Juventus took charge on 62 minutes when Chiesa scored in the bottom corner with a left-footed shot. The winger was forced off after an injury, but when two substitutes combined for the third goal, the strength of the Juve bench showed.

Dejan Kulusevski crossed from the wing into the penalty area and played a pass to McKennie, who had just six yards to slot in.

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