Recent history hasn't been kind to A.C. Milan, but this season it appears they have the goods to finally make a title push. Saturday's challenge against Juventus, who have won the past FIVE Serie A titles, was expected to be a litmus test. The Rossoneri passed with flying colors, with the bulk of the credit due to a pair of teenagers.
Yes, you read that correctly. Midfielder Manuel Locatelli, who is 18 years old, scored the game-winner for Milan. The teenager belted an absolute peach to break the deadlock in the 65th minute.
He hit that with the outside of his boot! To beat arguably the greatest goalkeeper of all time! Gianluigi Buffon is helpless to stop that shot, as it curls toward the far post and rattles off the crossbar and in. Beating Gigi? That's an unforgettable way to notch your second career Serie A goal.
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Speaking of goalkeepers, Juventus would go on to press for an equalizer but couldn't get through Milan's goalie. Gianluigi Donnarumma is the heir apparent to Buffon in Italian national team, and it's not hard to why. The 17-year-old plays with skill and knowledge that belie his age. He made a jaw-dropping save on the last kick of the game to maintain AC Milan's lead. (Fast forward to the 1:20 mark in the video below to see the save. You won't regret it.)
Again, he's just 17! To make it even more impressive, he made the game-saving stop roughly 10 minutes after he took a boot to the back of his head. One win doesn't get you the Scudetto, and Milan still trail Juventus by two points, but the
One win doesn't get you the Scudetto, and Milan still trail Juventus by two points, but the Rossoneri look like the real deal. A pair of teenagers is a big reason why.