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Luca Cetta On February - 23 - 2012

Juve Seek to Emulate Past San Siro Warriors

It will not decide the fate of the Scudetto; the season is still too young for that. However, this Saturday’s Milan versus Juventus showdown is undoubtedly the game of the season. Milan holds a one point advantage over their adversary. Juve still has a game in hand to make up in March.

The Stadio Giuseppe Meazza has been a happy hunting ground for the Bianconeri this campaign, with a League win over Inter and triumph in the Coppa Italia semi-final first leg against the Rossoneri.

As they prepare to enter the white-hot cauldron, Antonio Conte’s men will seek to emulate famous Juventus wins of the past. While Milan holds historical supremacy with 26 wins, Juve have conquered them at the San Siro on 18 prior occasions.

Here is a pick of Juve’s most famous wins and best performances against their old foe in Milano:

Milan 1-4 Juventus (1971/72)

Roberto Bettega scored arguably his most famous goal to help Juventus seal a memorable win. After a stuttering start to 1971/72, this proved the catalyst for Scudetto success, the first since 1967. Bettega headed in the opener then netted a delightful back-heel from a Pietro Anastasi cross on the half hour.

Franco Causio increased the lead before half-time, although Albertino Bigon pulled a goal back on the hour mark. It was left to the ‘White Pele’ Anastasi to seal the victory with just two minutes remaining.

Juve went on to battle neck and neck with the Rossoneri, eventually winning the title by just a single point after a final-day victory against Vicenza.

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Milan 0-3 Juventus (1983/84)

Boasting a line-up containing five World Cup winners and Ballon d’Or winner Michel Platini, Juventus began the season brightly and were still on top by the time they met Milan at the San Siro in round 20.

Platini was enjoying his most fruitful season and Paolo Rossi was in the midst of his only double digit haul post-Spain 1982. Oscar Damiani saw red for punching Antonio Cabrini just three minutes in and Milan faced an uphill task. Rossi crossed for Platini to open the scoring with a volley and after the break the hero of Spain made it two with a clinical finish. Substitute Beniamino Vignola wrapped up the win late on after a Platini assist.

Sunday, February 19th turned out to be a pivotal day in the Scudetto race. As Juve hammered Milan, Fiorentina – three points back before the start of play - succumbed 3-1 at Udinese. Juve were able to hold their lead and claim Scudetto number 21.

Milan 1-3 Juventus (1992/93)

On March 21st 1993, Milan lost their incredible 58 match unbeaten streak at the hands of Parma. A month later, Juve repeated the feat to claim their first Serie A win in Milan since Platini, Rossi and Vignola.

Marco Simone gave the champions the perfect start after six minutes with a neat flick steered past Michelangelo Rampulla. Juve were not to be daunted by the task at hand and by the 20th minute had taken the lead thanks to an Andreas Moller brace. Slipped in by Roberto Baggio on the counter, he finished low into the far corner. Then, the German connected wonderfully to volley in Moreno Torricelli’s cross.

Juve made sure of the points mid-way through the second half when Baggio scored one of his best. Avoiding Alessandro Costacurta’s slide on the half-way line, the Divine Ponytail sprinted towards the penalty area, shifted horizontally to bypass Sebastiano Rossi and score despite Stefano Nava’s best efforts.

Milan 0-2 Juventus (1994/95)

Marcello Lippi was called upon in 1994 to steer Juve to a first Scudetto since 1986. Milan weren’t quite the force of seasons past yet still sat third heading into this round 25 encounter. The Turin giants had a firm grip on first place, a hold made tighter by second-placed Parma’s loss at Roma on the same day.

Fabrizio Ravanelli opened the scoring in this closely fought contest, calmly lifting the ball over the onrushing Rossi before nodding into an empty net. Dejan Savicevic tried to square the ledger, yet with six minutes remaining Gianluca Vialli teased Rossi before firing into the bottom corner.

Milan 1-6 Juventus (1996/97)

Juventus humbled Milan amid a season of contrasting fortunes for both clubs. Juve were reigning European champions and on their way to the Scudetto and another final. By contrast, Milan were enduring a miserable campaign that led to the sacking of Oscar Tabarez and a recall of former boss Arrigo Sacchi. The Rossaneri eventually finished the season in a dismal 11th position.

Juve were clinical and could seemingly do no wrong on the night. Vladimir Jugovic and Zinedine Zidane celebrated before half time as Angelo Peruzzi pulled off a fine save to deny Christophe Dugarry. After the break the floodgates opened; firstly Jugovic made it three and Christian Vieri’s brace sandwiched a strike from Nicola Amoruso to complete Milan’s night of misery.

The only true Scudetto showdown on the list, Milan and Juve were locked on 76 points heading into the clash. Controversially, Zlatan Ibrahimovic was suspended via video evidence prior to the match yet Fabio Capello’s men shaded it and went on to win the title.

Alessandro Del Piero’s acrobatic cross was instinctively met by the predatory David Trezeguet, who stole between Jaap Stam and Paolo Maldini to head past Dida.

Juve struck the woodwork in the second half and Milan saw penalty appeals waved away as the Bianconeri claimed a spirited victory.

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