Paulo Dybala's Goal Lifts Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus Past Milan in 1-0 Win

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistNovember 10, 2019

Juventus' Argentine forward Paulo Dybala celebrates after opening the scoring during the Italian Serie A football match Juventus vs AC Milan on November 10, 2019 at the Juventus Allianz stadium in Turin. (Photo by Marco Bertorello / AFP) (Photo by MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP via Getty Images)
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Juventus beat AC Milan 1-0 at the Allianz Stadium on Sunday to regain top spot in Serie A.  

Substitute Paulo Dybala netted the decisive goal for the hosts in the 77th minute.

Juve remain unbeaten in Serie A, while Milan have already lost seven times this season—only one fewer defeat than the entirety of last season—and won just once in their last five.

The first notable chance of the game fell to Juventus, when Gonzalo Higuain forced a save from Gianluigi Donnarumma after being slipped in by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Milan should have taken the lead, though, after a pair of dangerous crosses from Suso. Krzysztof Piatek could only head wide the former from just six yards out, while Wojciech Szczesny made a fine save to deny Lucas Paqueta's header.

Piatek had another promising chance at the end of the first half, but Szczesny was again on hand to deal with his strike:

ESPN FC's Andrew Cesare praised the Rossoneri's performance:

Blaise Matuidi came close to breaking the deadlock shortly after the break when he sent a curling effort narrowly wide, before Ronaldo was withdrawn after just 55 minutes having had a game to forget, per football writer Adam Digby:

Szczesny had to be alert to deny Piatek again after he was slipped through by Paqueta, while Matuidi had another chance to break the deadlock when he fired just over from the edge of the 18-yard box.

The breakthrough finally came when Dybala picked up the ball on the edge of the area and wriggled free from Milan's defence before firing low past Donnarumma:

More heroics from Szczesny kept out Hakan Calhanoglu soon after, while at the other end Higuain and Dybala both came close to adding a second for the Bianconeri late on.

                          

What's Next

Juve travel to Atalanta on November 23, while Milan host Napoli the same day.

               

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