by LIAM RICHNER
AC Milan are now just two points off the top of Serie A after beating Juventus for the first time since November 2012.
Teenage sensation Manuel Locatelli’s screamer in the early parts of the second half proved the difference, with Gianluigi Donnarumma providing the fans with a goalkeeping masterclass in front of the legendary Gianluigi Buffon in the opposing goal.
Juventus will feel hard done by, after Miralem Pjanic’s free kick was disallowed in the 36th minute.
The Bosnian saw his set piece evade everyone in the penalty box and fly into the bottom corner only for it to be ruled offside by officials.
Replays show that the man they flagged off, Leonardo Bonucci, was in fact onside when he attempted to play the ball, meaning the goal was valid.
Had that goal stood, we may have seen a different scoreline altogether, with Juventus controlling the game up to that point.
Instead, Locatelli burst into the box and smashed a shot across Buffon into the top left corner. It was a strike not even the Italian stopper could get near.
The Italian champions pushed for an equaliser, throwing on Mario Mandzukic, but neither he or any of the la Vecchia Signora players could beat in-form Donnarumma.
Elsewhere, Cagliari’s good run of form was brought to an abrupt end as lost 5-3 at home to Fiorentina.
The Sardinians were unbeaten at home this season, and took the lead when Davide Di Gennaro headed home inside two minutes.
But all of a sudden the Cagliari defence went to sleep and la Viola punished them immensely.
Nikola Kalinic equalised for the visitors with powerful header, before he provided the assist for Federico Bernardeschi.
The 22-year old then scored again as he volleyed home a scorcher from outside the box t0 give Paulo Sousa’s men a deserved lead.
Kalinic netted his second Serie A hattrick before the hour mark with two well taken goals to make it 1-5.
Cagliari scored twice more to reduce the deficit to just two goals but they knew their unbeaten home record was over.
Inter Milan continue to struggle in Serie A this season, with Frank de Boer’s side losing once again.
This time it was Atalanta who celebrated an unlikely victory, as they ran out 2-1 winners at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia.
Napoli had already suffered defeat away at Atalanta a couple of weeks back, and with just one win in seven trips to the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia, things looked bleak for the Nerazzurri.
Andrea Masiello scored inside 9 minutes to give the home side the lead, before Eder levelled with a goal of the season contender. The Italian international struck a thunderous free-kick from 35 yards into the top corner.
But with two minutes to go, Davide Santon gave away a penalty, which was converted by Mauricio Pinilla.
Bologna 1-1 Sassuolo
Crotone 1-2 Napoli
Empoli 0-0 Chievo
Roma 4-1 Palermo
Sampdoria 2-1 Genoa
Torino 2-2 Lazio
Udinese 3-1 Pescara