Milan match-winner Locatelli stunned at beating Buffon


MILAN: AC Milan midfielder Manuel Locatelli admitted his disbelief after beating Juventus and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon with a second-half stunner to secure a 1-0 win over the champions and leaders Saturday.

“I still can’t believe it, I’m sure I’ll shed a few tears when I see my family and friends,” a visibly moved Locatelli told Sky Sport after the game.

A talented but still unfinished 18-year-old midfielder, who has been pushed into the Rossoneri first team by coach Vincenzo Montella this season, Locatelli added some welcome emotion to Serie A a fortnight ago.

He was practically inconsolable while he shed tears of joy at full-time of a 4-3 home win over Sassuolo when he struck an incredible second-half leveller.

At a packed San Siro on Saturday, Juventus dominated throughout but the majority of the 75,829 fans enjoyed another slice of Locatelli magic that should become a candidate for goal of the season.

Set up by diminutive Milan forward Suso, Locatelli took a few steps before unleashing a right foot rocket that flew past Buffon to ping off the underside of the crossbar at his far corner in the 65th minute.

“I really don’t know how I did it, but I scored against the greatest goalkeeper in the world,” added Locatelli.

“I saw the ball, I shot and when I saw it go in and everyone starting to celebrate I ran to my family.”

The celebrations were just as wild this time, and although he kept most of the tears to himself, Locatelli admitted: “I’m not someone to hide their emotions.

“The way I react is the way I react, and for me that’s fine. But, I suppose I should keep my feet on the ground.”

A month after suffering their first defeat of the season, a 2-1 reverse to Inter Milan, Juventus suffered another San Siro setback to see their gap cut to two points on Milan, who move one place up to second ahead of Roma.