The evening advance of the 26th day sees players lined up against Milan and Juventus. For Ancelotti, the game represents a real final: any victory would reopen the doors for the championship race; for Lippi three more points would serve to keep opponents at a safe distance.
Only four minutes pass and AC Milan take the lead with Shevchenko: launched by Rui Costa, the ukraine enters the area, shoots but Buffon rejects; Sheva retrieves the ball again, pretends, dribbles Buffon and Ferrara and then puts the ball on the net. Juve stunned and the Rossoneri ahead. The Bianconeri’s response came shortly after: on 10 ‘Nedved on a free kick found the goal mirror, Dida did not hold back and the ball went into the goal. Milan 1 – 1 Juventus. The Rossoneri do not give up and start off on the counterattack with Sheva and Inzaghi – both very close to scoring in subsequent actions. At 25 ‘, the former ex-turn, SuperPippo, towed Pirlo’s cross into the right area, controls and from behind the goal puts the ball between the legs of a confused Buffon. Rossoneri then again in the lead.
In the second half Lippi tries everything and replaces Zambrotta for the fresh Del Piero. Juventus showed up immediately in the Rossoneri’s area on 54 ‘with Zalayeta, who forces Dida to perform a miracle, rejecting the conclusion with an open hand. At 65 ‘Pirlo committed Buffon with one of his lethal punishments: the National goalkeeper, however, is careful to punch away. In the final Lippi’s men also try with a header from Nedved in the “seven”, but they find Dida’s very quick response when diving.
Trefoloni whistles the end of the match in the 94th minute: Milan wins and earns three very important points to stay in the running for the Scudetto.
Milan: Dida; Simic, Nesta, Costacurta (29′ st Laursen), Maldini; Gattuso, Pirlo, Seedorf; Rui Costa (25′ st Ambrosini); Shevchenko (36′ st Serginho), Inzaghi.
A disposizione: Abbiati, Brocchi, Redondo, Rivaldo All.: Ancelotti
Juventus: Buffon; Thuram, Ferrara, Montero (24′ st Pessotto), Zambrotta (1′ st Del Piero) ; Camoranesi, Nedved; Zalayeta (16′ st Trezeguet).
A disposizione: Chimenti, Fresi, Iuliano, Birindelli All.: Lippi
Marcatori: 4′ pt Shevchenko, 10′ pt Nedved, 25′ pt Inzaghi
Arbitro: Trefoloni di Siena