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Milan Keep Distance At The Top As Juve Crumbled In Turin

AC  Milan - PSV in San Siro - www.yme.nlAc Milan keep their throne at the top of Serie A untouched for at least another week as after they picked up an important victory against home team, Cagliari, this Thursday thanks to a goal by their young player, Rodney Strasser.

This game also marked the debut of the Rossoneri’s new signing, Antonio Cassano, who also play apart on the goal as he was the one that set up Strasser in the penalty box after making nice passing moves with Robinho.

The 1-0 victory undoubtedly is an important one considering the fact Milan earned it in the most difficult way as Cagliari pushed really hard and create several good chances especially from some blunders made by the away team’s goalie, Christian Abbiati. The absentees of important players and also wastefulness of their strikers in this game are also additional reasons why the match become difficult for the Rossoneri until Strasser brake the deadlock in the 84 minute.

Making the victory more important, the Rossoneri can pretty much take a sight or relief as some of their direct Scudetto challengers such as Juventus and Lazio failed to get maximum three points in this midweek game. At Turin, the Bianconeri went down into a shocking 4-1 defeat against Parma, with Sebastian Giovinco playing an important role in demolishing his parent club as the playmaker scored two goals against them.

Aside from Giovinco’s special performance, the sending off for Felipe Melo also didn’t help Juve’s course in closing the gap with Milan, that are pretty much save and sound at the top of the Serie A table at the moment. Aside from Melo’s incident, another big blow could happen for Juventus’ season after acknowledging that Fabio Quagliarella was badly injured and had to be taken off in the first half. This injury increased the problems that the Bianconeri are facing with their front line as the other strikers Iaquinta and Amauri also spend more time in the treatment room this season.

Meanwhile, Lazio got a little bit better result than Juventus as they got a 0-0 draw away to Genoa meaning that they are now once again five points adrift from the Rossoneri and could really go to third place should Napoli beat Inter Milan in the game scheduled later today. The Biancocelestin are keeping their second place with five points behind the league leader, Milan, with only one point ahead of third the third place team and two points above Roma, that climbed their way into fourth place after getting a 4-2 win against Catania.

Match Reports:
Cagliari v Milan 0-1
Goals: Rodney Strasser 84(Milan)

Cagliari: Agazzi; Pisano, Canini, Astori, Agostini; Nainggolan, Conti, Lazzari (Biondini 48); Cossu; Nenè, Matri (Acquafresca 84)

Milan: Abbiati; Abate, Bonera, Thiago Silva, Antonini; Gattuso (Strasser 58), Seedorf, Ambrosini; Merkel (Cassano 74); Pato, Robinho

Juventus v Parma 1-4
Goals: Legrotaglie 61(Juve); Giovinco 40, 47(Parma), Crespo 63(Parma), Palladino 92(Parma)

Juventus: Storari; Sorensen (Sissoko 55), Legrottaglie, Chiellini, Grosso; Krasic, Aquilani, Felipe Melo, Marchisio; Quagliarella (Amauri 4), Del Piero (Pepe 30)

Parma: Mirante; Zaccardo, Paletta, Paci, Gobbi; Morrone, Dzemaili, Candreva; Giovinco (Toni Calvo 87), Crespo (Palladino 65), Valiani

Creative Commons License photo credit: Yme Bosma