Juve beat Milan with late penalty

March 11, 2017
Juventus' Medhi Benatia, right, celebrates with his teammate Paulo Dybala after scoring a goal during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Milan at the Juventus stadium in Turin, Italy, Friday, March 10, 2017. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP)

 

Turin, Italy (AP): Fino alla fine (Until the end) is the Juventus motto and it lived up to it again as Paulo Dybala converted a penalty with the last kick of the match to beat AC Milan 2-1 and go 11 points clear in Serie A on Friday.

Teen goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma appeared to have earned Milan a precious point with some fine saves but Juventus was awarded a controversial penalty deep in stoppage time after Mattia De Sciglio was judged to have handled Stephan Lichtsteiner's cross.

Juventus extended its Serie A record to 31 consecutive home wins.

It moved 11 points clear of second-placed Roma and 13 ahead of Napoli. Roma visits Palermo on Sunday, shortly after Napoli hosts Crotone.

Milan remained seventh, a point behind Inter Milan, which hosts fifth-placed Atalanta on Sunday.

Juventus took the lead on the half hour through an unlikely goal-scorer. Medhi Benatia beat the offside trap to control Dani Alves' chipped pass and smash it past Donnarumma from close range for his first goal for the club.

Milan leveled two minutes from halftime following great work from Gerard Deulofeu, who sprinted down the left from inside his own half, cut inside, and threaded the ball through for Carlos Bacca to fire into the bottom right corner.

Juventus and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was merely a spectator for most of the match and had plenty of time to admire his heir apparent.

Donnarumma turned 18 only last month but he has already played more than 60 times in Serie A and made two Italy appearances.

He notably kept out a Miralem Pjanic free kick then denied Sami Khedira with the help of De Sciglio's goal-line clearance. He also managed to deflect Pjanic's shot onto the crossbar.

Milan midfielder Jose Sosa was sent off following a second booking in the third minute of stoppage time and Juventus upped the pressure.

Gonzalo Higuain's acrobatic effort was parried by Donnarumma but the ball was crossed back into the area and struck De Sciglio's arm from point-blank range.

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