TURIN, Italy, Sep 19 (Reuters) – AC Milan striker Ante Rebic’s late header won a 1-1 draw against Juventus in Serie A on Sunday, leaving Massimiliano Allegri’s side still in the limelight. looking for a first league victory of the season.
Juve’s Alvaro Morata scored for the third straight game in all competitions after just four minutes to give the hosts a dream start, with the Spaniard flawless before finishing.
They remained firmly in the lead in the first half against injury-injured Milan missing veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic among others, while Paulo Dybala was close to a second goal from a distance.
Other chances for Juve to come and go and their waste in the final third cost them all three points as Croatian Rebic climbed the highest to equalize from a corner in the 76th minute.
Substitute Pierre Kalulu believed he had won it for Milan in the end, but was turned away by a superb save from goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.
The result brought Milan over AS Roma to second place with 10 points in four games, while Juve, the most successful Serie A team of all time, languish in 18th place with two points.
“We came here to win and then in the first 20 minutes we found a better Juve,” Milan coach Stefano Pioli told DAZN.
“But we resisted and in the latter part of the game we also tried to win it – the performance is definitely positive.”
Allegri’s return to Juve for a second stint as the coach failed to get off to the best start after his side picked up a point in their first three Serie A appearances before Sunday’s clash.
But from the start at Juventus Stadium, Juve’s pace was different, with Morata immediately clearing himself after being knocked out by Dybala before ending in style on Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan.
Milan, who suffered another injury setback in the first half as center-back Simon Kjaer had to be pulled out, hung on as Juve created plenty of chances but were unable to increase their score in the first half .
Then the home side stayed in the lead after the break but their last ball let them down when it counted as Allegri’s side failed to put the game to bed.
Again, even with Italian pair Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini at the heart of their baseline, Juve failed to keep their clean sheet in Serie A, giving Rebic too much room to equalize by a corner.
It could have worsened for Juve if Szczesny, who has been criticized by Italian media for some of his recent performances, had not raised his hand to deny Kalulu.
Juventus are now winless in their first four games of a Serie A season for just the fourth time in their history.
Reporting by Peter Hall; Editing by Ken Ferris
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