Juventus 0-1 Milan – Giroud secured Rossoneri Champions League spot
Juventus 0-1 Milan – Olivier Giroud secured Rossoneri Champions League spot with his only goal at Juventus during Serie A 2022/23 Matchday 37.
Bianconeri’s hope of European elite qualification dealt with a knockout blow with Giroud’s header at the Allianz Stadium.
Still reeling from their 10-point deduction and Monday’s miserable 4-1 defeat at Empoli, the home side needed a win to fight for top-four finish, while Milan were the chief beneficiary after being propelled into the UCL spot.
The Italian top-flight, which as been chaotic with full of dramas for Juve, now would end with a sour note as Massimiliano Allegri’s fate will be hang in the air.
Juventus 0-1 Milan – Highlights
Milan started well with Sandro Tonali’s chance early, but the home side also had their chances with Angel Di Maria came close from Moise Kean’s cut-back.
Federico Chiesa and Kean threatened and forced Mike Maignan to be at his best, but Rossoneri were far more crucial when it came to scoring.
Davide Calabria crossed from the right side and it was met perfectly by Giroud’s textbook header, which gave his former teammate at Arsenal Wojciech Szczesny zero chance.
The French talisman has scored his 12th goal in Serie A, his MOST for AC Milan in a single season. This is his highest goal tally since 2016/17 where he scored 12 with the London side.
Juventus improved but never came close to the equalizer in the missing of injured striker Dusan Vlahovic, Giroud’s goal stood as Milan sealed their fate.
Stefano Pioli’s side completed their third Seria A double victory over Juventus in the last 50 years, also doing so in the 1990-91 and 2009-10 campaigns.
For Allegri, he may be soon discovering his fate when his side finish outside of Italy’s top four for the first time since 2010-11 (when they finished seventh).
What’s next for the final day of Serie A
Milan wrap up their Serie A season against Verona next Sunday, while Juventus will be playing for a Europa League place when they visit Udinese on the same day.