Fernando Llorente’s goal in the closing minute of the first half gave Serie A-leader Juventus a lead they would never relinquish in their 2-0 victory over rival AC Milan on Sunday at San Siro.
Notching his 11th goal of the season, Llorente charged toward the center of the box and accepted Stephan Lichtsteiner’s goal-kick saving assist for a right footed shot and the 1-0 lead. Lichtsteiner’s presence near the net was enough to pull Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati out of position, and gave Llorente’s shot plenty of room to find the back of the net.
Juventus keeper Buffon picked up his 13th clean sheet of the season by stymieing all nine of Milan’s shots on target.
It was the sixth assist of the season for Lichtsteiner, tying him with leader Carlos Tevez, and Juventus hasn't lost to Milan in eight of their nine Serie A meetings.
Tevez would add to the lead in the 68th minute with an incredible shot deep outside the box that slotted into the middle of the net past Abbiati. Pirlo was charged with the assist, and the Argentine Tevez now has 15 goals to his name in his inaugural campaign with the Italian club.
Milan was confident prior to the match that they could pull off an upset over a Juventus club that now holds an 11 point lead on the table after AS Roma’s draw with Inter on Saturday.
Milan played with much confidence throughout and remained relentless by forcing seven corner kicks, controlling possession 60-40, and garnering 21 total shots to pepper the Juventus box.
Pirlo and fellow midfielder Claudio Marchisio were each shown yellow cards seven minutes apart in the second half for rough fouls, and Milan defender Daniele Bonera was also booked in the 83rd minute for a poor tackle attempt of Tevez.