MILAN (AP) — Paulo Dybala replaced Cristiano Ronaldo and scored the winner as Juventus beat AC Milan 1-0 Sunday to move back to the top of Serie A.
Milan had the better of the chances but substitute Dybala netted 13 minutes from time to secure victory for the eight-time defending champion.
Ronaldo has struggled with a knee injury recently and was substituted for the second straight match early in the second half. The Portugal international did not look happy and walked straight down the tunnel.
“Ronaldo is not a problem, in fact we have to thank him because he made himself available even though he wasn’t in the best physical shape,” Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri said. “In the past 20-25 days he has been living with a knee problem after he took a knock in training and that’s causing him some problems when he kicks and is affecting him.”
Juventus restored its one-point advantage over Inter in the Serie A standings after the Nerazzurri’s 2-1 win over Hellas Verona on Saturday.