Mi­lan nar­row gap on lead­ers Ju­ven­tus

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MANUEL LO­CATELLI's goal helped AC Mi­lan beat Ju­ven­tus for the first time since Novem­ber 2012 and close the gap at the top of Serie A to two points.

The 18-year-old mid­fielder struck a spec­tac­u­lar, pow­er­ful ef­fort from the edge of the box into the top cor­ner.

Ear­lier, Juve thought they had taken the lead when Mi­ralem Pjanic's long-range free­kick went into the net.

Af­ter a lengthy de­lay, as the of­fi­cials dis­cussed whether a Ju­ven­tus player was off­side, it was dis­al­lowed.

Ju­ven­tus piled on the pressure in the se­cond half and al­most equalised with the last kick of the game.

Ger­man mid­fielder Khedira un­leashed long-range ef­fort which looked des­tined for the top cor­ner only for 17-yearold Mi­lan goal­keeper Gi an l u i g i a Sami Don­narumma to pro­duce a spec­tac­u­lar one-hand div­ing save. Ju­ven­tus have won the past five Serie A ti­tles and are favourites to lift the Scud­etto again this sea­son, al­though AC Mi­lan should not be un­der­es­ti­mated. Vin­cenzo Mon­tella's side may lack the big name stars of the past but have young hun­gry play­ers like Don­narumma, Suso and Lo­catelli. If they had lost this game Mi­lan would have been five points be­hind Juve. In­stead they are two points be­hind and brim­ming with a con­fi­dence. Sus­tain­ing a ti­tle chal­lenge would be a big task for the Ros­soneri but against Juve, backed by a vo­cif­er­ous San Siro crowd, they showed the kind of de­ter­mi­na­tion to sug­gest their resur­gence is not a flash in the pan. — BBC Sport

Manuel Lo­catelli

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