Ac Milan kept the Scudetto battle alive after picking up a 1-0 victory over struggling Genoa thanks to a late foal from Kevin Prince Boateng, who simply celebrated his return to the pitch with a vital contribution.
Meanwhile, Juventus also maintain their three point gap with the Rossoneri after continuing their winning run, beating Cesena 1-0 with a single goal which arrived from Marco Borriello, who finally broke his duck with the Turin giant.
Playing against another struggling team apparently wasn’t an easy task for Milan as they were looking rather unimaginative in midfielder, although the attacking partnership of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Stephan El Shaarawy were looking pretty good. Genoa didn’t have much chances but their counter attack were usually troubling as the Rossoneri opened too much space at time, giving Bosko Jankovic, Valter Birsa and Rodrigo Palacio several chances.
Things got slightly better in the second half, when Massimiliano Allegri put on Boateng and Antonio Cassano, as the Rossoneri had more goal scoring chances, which they couldn’t convert into goals. Genoa were running out of luck though as they had a man down midway in the second period when Jankovic got his second yellow after fouling Ignazio Abate from behind. Milan took full advantage of the situation and eventually grabbed their goal in the 85th minute when Boateng’s whot from close range sneak through Sebastian Frey’s hand.
In the other match, Juventus were once again having some difficulties when facing struggling team as Cesena managed to hold the Turin giants for such a long time before breaking down in the final 10 minutes. Borriello surprisingly managed to net the winner for Juve as his volley from 14 yards was simply too powerful for Francesco Antonioli, who couldn’t really do much to stop that ball from entering his net.
The 1-0 victory is obviously more than enough for Juve to maintain their gap with Milan, but it could be a warning for Antonio Conte’s side as they can’t really take things lightly in the last few games, despite having lighter schedule than Milan. Another concern for the Turin giant would probably considering to change their penalty taker as Andrea Pirlo missed another spot kick, which this time he couldn’t convert into goal, unlike the previous incident against Roma.
Milan v Genoa 1-0 (Boateng 85)
Milan: Abbiati; Abate, Nesta, Yepes, Antonini (Maxi Lopez 80); Nocerino, Van Bommel (Boateng 50), Muntari; Emanuelson; El Shaarawy (Cassano 50), Ibrahimovic
Genoa: Frey; Sculli (Alhassan 76), Granqvist, Kaladze, Moretti; Birsa (Carvalho 70), Kucka, Belluschi (Veloso 81), Jankovic, Biondini; Palacio
Cesena v Juventus 0-1 (Borriello 80)
Cesena: Antonioli; Ceccarelli, Moras, Rodriguez, Benalouane; Del Nero (Arrigoni 65), Colucci (Guana 31), Parolo, Djokovic (Rossi 77); Santana, Rennella
Juventus: Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Caceres (Giaccherini 69), Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, De Ceglie (Del Piero 74); Matri (Borriello 74), Vucinic