Dybala, Cuadrado, Khedira give Juventus 3-1 victory over Milan

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Rome, April 1 (IANS) Paulo Dybala, Juan Cuadrado and Sami Khedira gave Juventus a 3-1 victory over Milan at Allianz Stadium, ahead of next Tuesday’s clash with Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals.

With the win in Saturday’s match, Juventus reinforced its leadership in the Italian Serie A first division league, with a four-point lead over Napoli, that tied 1-1 in Saturday’s match against Sassuolo, reports Efe.

Juventus’s 3-5-2 starting lineup included Argentinian strikers Gonzalo Higuain and Dybala, as well as centre-back Medhi Benatia and midfielder Miralem Pjanic, both of whom will miss next Tuesday’s match against Real Madrid because of the yellow cards they received.

Milan maintained its regular 4-3-3 lineup, in which the main surprise was the appearance of striker Andre Silva, who was accompanied by Jesus Fernando Saez “Suso” and by Calhanoglu.

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Just eight minutes into regulation, Dybala scored Juventus’s first goal with a left-foot shot from outside the penalty area, to the surprise of goalkeeper Antonio Donnarumma.

Milan was not deterred, tying the game 28 minutes into the first half, with a header by Bonucci off a corner kick by Calhanoglu.

This was the second goal any team had scored against Juventus in the last 16 Serie A matches.

The two deciding goals did not come until the last 10 minutes of the match, after Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri decided to attempt a more aggressive 4-2-3-1 formation.

Juan Cuadrado scored Juventus’s second goal, 79 minutes into regulation, with a header off a pass from Sami Khedira.

With three minutes left in regulation, Khedira scored Juventus’s third goal with a right-foot shot from the penalty area, after a reverse pass by Dybala.

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–IANS

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