Milan, July 8
Juventus missed the possibility to take a giant step towards a ninth successive Serie A title because it let a two-goal lead slip away in a shocking 4-2 loss at AC Milan.
After second-place Lazio misplaced 2-1 at relegation-threatened Lecce earlier, Juventus might have prolonged its lead on the high of the desk to 10 factors with a win on Tuesday.
A good first half completed scoreless after Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a aim dominated out for offside shortly earlier than the break.
But Adrien Rabiot broke the impasse two minutes after the restart by curling a strike into the highest proper nook. And Cristiano Ronaldo doubled Juve’s lead six minutes later.
However, Milan turned the match round fully within the area of 5 minutes.
First Ibrahimovic transformed a penalty within the 62nd minute following a handball from Leonardo Bonucci. Then got here quickfire targets from Franck Kessié and substitute Rafael Leão.
Milan prolonged its benefit 10 minutes from full time when Giacomo Bonaventura capitalized on an error from Juventus defender Alex Sandro to arrange Ante Rebic.
Lecce missed a penalty and likewise had a aim disallowed, however nonetheless managed an upset win over title-chasing Lazio.
Fabio Lucioni and Khouma Babacar scored for Lecce after Felipe Caicedo had given Lazio an early lead.
Lazio’s unhealthy evening was made worse when defender Patric was despatched off for biting Giulio Donati in an incident that might result in a prolonged ban.
Lazio was only a level behind Juventus when the season was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was on a report unbeaten run of 21 straight matches however the capital facet has misplaced three of its 5 matches for the reason that season resumed.
“The break penalized us, we are not the same as before, especially on a mental level. However, this is not an excuse, but just a fact,” Lazio ahead Ciro Immobile stated.
“But we have to finish the season well, also to not cancel everything good we have done in the last few months.”
Lecce moved out of the relegation zone, a degree above Genoa, which hosts Napoli on Wednesday.
Lecce thought it had taken the lead after two minutes by means of Marco Mancosu however it was dominated out for handball within the build-up.
Instead, Lazio took the lead moments later when Lecce goalkeeper Gabriel slipped underneath strain from Immobile. He nonetheless managed to parry the primary Lazio try however Caicedo hit the rebound into an empty internet.
Lecce levelled on the half hour mark when Babacar was left unmarked, eight yards out, to move in Filippo Falco’s cross.
The dwelling facet had an incredible likelihood to take the lead in first-half stoppage time however Mancosu blasted a penalty over the bar, following handball from Patric.
However, Lecce did go in entrance two minutes after the break when Lucioni headed in a nook.
Gabriel atoned for his early error with a number of saves to maintain Lecce in entrance, together with stopping Bobby Adekanye’s header from point-blank vary, 4 minutes from time. AP