Juventus vs AC Milan, final score 1-0: Referee saw the majority of action in this dull affair

Valerio Pennicino

A penalty from Arturo Vidal made the difference in a crucial match between Juventus and Milan. If results fall correctly, Juve could take the title next weekend, while Milan are now just a point of Fiorentina in third place.

If you're having trouble falling asleep, you might try looking for a replay of Juventus - Milan. During the first half, the only shots on target came from long range efforts, with neither side looking too concerned with the basics of the game. Like, say, putting the ball in the back of the net. Or even getting into dangerous positions that could lead to the possibility of putting the ball in the back of the net. Instead it was the referee that saw the majority of the action, managing to get himself hit by the ball three times in the first 45 minutes.

Fortunately, things got slightly more exciting in the second half, at least, for a few minutes. Kwadwo Asamoah slipped past Ignazio Abate, causing substitute goalkeeper Marco Amelia a few heart palpitations. Blinded by fear, Amelia rushed out, sliding in to take Asamoah's legs out from under him. The referee -- this time, he managed to avoid being hit by a stray ball -- had no choice but to point to the spot.

To the immense joy of all those snoozing in front of their televisions and laptop screens, penalty-taker Arturo Vidal decided to put on a lovely little song and dance. His spot-kick was perfect, smashed into the upper corner of the net, well beyond a diving Amelia.

And then...all went still again. Like a submarine gone quiet, it was impossible to see any real action on the pitch. Apparently Mirko Vucinic played a full 89 minutes, but the referee had more touches than the Juventus forward. Probably because he was so busy dodging shots from Riccardo Montolivo, who apparently thought he was engaging in target practice rather than a crucial match.

Oh, that's right -- did we mention how important this game was? Milan's loss means they fall seven points behind Napoli in the race for second place. Even more worryingly for the rossoneri, Fiorentina's win mean the Viola are just a point behind them, desperately close to taking the last Champions League position.

Juventus: Gianluigi Buffon, Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Arturo Vidal, Andrea Pirlo, Paul Pogba, Kwadwo Asamoah, Claudio Marchisio, Mirko Vucinic (Fabio Quagliarella 90)

AC Milan: Christian Abbiati (Marco Amelia 15), Ignazio Abate, Cristian Zapata, Philippe Mexes, Kevin Constant, Riccardo Montolivo, Massimo Ambrosini (Sully Muntari 46), Kevin-Prince Boateng, Robinho, Giampaolo Pazzini, Stephan El Shaarawy.

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