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Juve on brink of Serie A title

  • Published at 02:04 am April 7th, 2019
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Juventus' Moise Kean scores the second goal against AC Milan during their Serie A match in Turin Saturday Reuters

Kean came on after 65 minutes to replace Dybala and 20 minutes later the 19-year-old delivered the winner to the delight of the home crowd

Teenage sensation Moise Kean scored the winner to put Juventus one step away from an eighth consecutive Serie A title yesterday as a 2-1 comeback win over AC Milan pushed the champion 21 points clear on top of the league.

Kean - the victim of racist abuse last week in Cagliari - came on as a substitute and fired in the winner after 84 minutes for his fifth goal in as many Serie A appearances.

The Turin giant will seal a 35th “Scudetto” today with a seven games to spare - the earliest any team has won Serie A - if second-placed Napoli lose at home against Genoa.

Krzysztof Piatek had put visiting Milan ahead five minutes before the break with his 21st goal this season. 

Paulo Dybala pulled the host level from the spot after an hour.

The Turin giant were playing without injured striker Cristiano Ronaldo, recovering from a thigh injury, as they prepare for their Champions League quarter-final, first leg game against Ajax Wednesday.

For Milan, the defeat further damages their Champions League ambition with just one point from their last four Serie A games.

Gennaro Gattuso's side are fourth but can be overtaken by Atalanta, who are just a point behind and travel to third-placed Inter Milan today.

Roman sides Lazio and Roma are four points behind.

The visitor had come out firing.

Piatek missed a chance after two minutes heading wide from a nice cross by Spanish midfielder Suso. 

Franck Kessie was also off target early.

Sami Khedira came on for the first time since heart surgery a month ago, replacing fellow German Emre Can who went off early with an ankle injury.

Milan were denied a penalty when Alex Sandro handled intercepting Hakan Calhanoglu's cross. 

The referee deciding it was unintentional after a Video Assistant Referee viewing. 

Minutes later Piatek broke through to beat fellow Pole Wojciech Szczesny following a blunder from former Milan defender Leonardo Bonucci, who had been under fire for comments he made over the Kean's racist abuse in Cagliari.

Tiemoue Bakayoko pounced on the sloppy pass to burst through for Piatek who finished off.

Mario Mandzukic almost grabbed the equalizer before the break but Pepe Reina, at full stretch, tipped clear the Croat's acrobatic bicycle kick.

A reckless Mateo Musacchio foul on fellow Argentine Dybala allowed the host pull level on the hour.

Kean came on after 65 minutes to replace Dybala and 20 minutes later the 19-year-old delivered the winner to the delight of the home crowd.

Torino were held to a goalless draw at Parma with Roma travelling to European rival Sampdoria later yesterday, to try and close the gap on Milan.