Ronaldo scores, Higuain misses penalty and gets sent off in Juventus win vs AC Milan

first_imgEverything happened in the Serie A match between league leaders Juventus and AC Milan, except for a goal from the home side as the Old Lady won 2-0 on Sunday.Higuain, who was sent to AC Milan on loan by Juventus this season, grabbed the headlines for all the wrong reasons as he missed a penalty and got sent off while Mario Mandzukic struck early and Cristiano Ronaldo scored late in Juventus’ win.Higuain was absolutely livid when he was penalised after colliding with Medhi Benatia and was subsequently booked for his protests in the 83rd minute.That angered him even more and he was sent off, having had to be restrained by his team mates as he ranted at the referee and several Juve players, including Ronaldo.”I told him not to exaggerate, to avoid a bigger sanction,” said Ronaldo, adding that Higuain did not insult anyone. “He was losing and he was on edge. We mustn’t blame him for anything, he didn’t saying anything (bad).” Gonzalo Higuain was sent off for losing his cool at the referee and Juventus players. (Reuters Photo)AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso said he felt Higuain should apologise for his outburst.”I hope (Higuain) apologises to the referee for his attitude,” said Gattuso, who himself had a fiery temper as a player.”A player of his experience and importance cannot afford such a reaction, even in a situation which is difficult psychologically. He needs to concentrate on what he has to do on the pitch.”advertisementJuve had taken an eighth minute lead when Alex Sandro floated a long cross from the left and Mandzukic outjumped Ricardo Rodriguez to score.AC Milan were handed a chance to level five minutes before halftime after Suso’s cross was controlled by Higuain but hit Benatia’s outstretched hand.Milan protested and the referee awarded a penalty after consulting the VAR and viewing the incident on the pitchside monitor.But Higuain’s penalty was weak and Wojciech Szczesny tipped it onto the post.Ronaldo wrapped up the match with his eighth league goal of the season in the 81st minute, firing in the rebound after Gianluigi Donnarumma parried Joao Cancelo’s shot, before Higuain lost his cool completely.Unbeaten Juventus now have 34 points, six clear of Napoli who won 2-1 at Genoa on Saturday with Inter Milan on 25 points in third after losing 4-1 at Atalanta.Milan’s defeat meant they dropped out of the top four into fifth place and were replaced by Lazio, who drew 1-1 at Sassuolo.(With Reuters inputs)last_img

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