Ljajić’s Penalty Miss Costly For Torino As Bacca’s Spot-kick Rescues Point For Ten-men Milan As Rossoneri Come Back From Two Goals Down

Serie A

January 16th

Stadio Olimpico Di Torino, Torino, Italy

torino 2-2 milan

21′ Belotti

26′ Benassi

31′ Ljajić Penalty saved

55′ Bertolacci

60′ Bacca (P)

88′ Romagnoli Sent off (Second bookable offence)


Adem Ljajić’s missed penalty proved to be costly as Torino squandered a two-goal lead to draw with AC Milan at the Stadio Olimpico Di Torino.

The Granata led 2-0 at the break thanks to fine instinctive strikes from Andrea Belotti and Marco Benassi but had the chance to make it three on the half-hour mark from the penalty-spot but Bosnian Ljajić’s effort was palmed away by youngster Gianluigi Donnarumma, who played his part in keeping the scoreline down. Milan capitalised with Andrea Bertolacci reducing the deficit ten minutes into the second-half, before Carlos Bacca sent Joe Hart the wrong way from the spot, to level the scores on the hour-mark. Two minutes from the ninety, Alessio Romagnoli was sent off after a second bookable offence but the hosts couldn’t take advantage of the extra man.

The visitors started off rather nervously in truth and went close to conceding in the second minute when a Gabriel Paletta clearance deflected off Joel Obi and ricocheted wide of the target. A minute later Donnarumma misjudged the flight of a cross-field pass and almost enabled Belotti to capitalise but Paletta made a vital clearance.

Two minutes later the Rossoneri went close to taking the lead themselves when a Giacomo Bonaventura corner was cleared to Davide Calabria, whose mishit effort looped just over the bar.

Moments later Belotti was played through by Benassi and fired a powerful effort at goal but Donnarumma did well to palm the effort away.

In the 12th minute the hosts went close when a Torino corner was cleared to Iago Falque, who fired an effort just over the bar from-range.

Nine minutes later the hosts took the lead. Falque initially did well to beat two Milan players and tee up Ljajić, whose miscued effort was brilliantly diverted home by Belotti with an improvised finish.

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Andrea Belotti celebrates after putting Torino ahead. Image from: AP

Five minutes later the hosts doubled their lead. Obi managed to get in behind the Milan defence and force Donnarumma into a fine save but the loose ball fell to Belotti, who found Falque, whose miscued effort was instinctively flicked home by Benassi with yet another improvised finish.

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Marco Benassi flicks home to double Torino’s lead. Image from: AP
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Marco Benassi celebrates after doubling Torino’s lead. Image from: Getty

The hosts were then awarded a penalty on the half-hour mark after Antonio Barreca was sent tumbling by Ignazio Abate, who dangled a leg and the referee pointed to the spot. However just as he did in August, Donnarumma came to the rescue to deny Torino. The youngster guessed right and stayed central to palm away Ljajić’s poor spot-kick before Falque horribly blazed the rebound over from close-range.

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Adem Ljajić’s penalty was saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma. Image from: Getty
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Just as he did in August, Gianluigi Donnarumma saves a penalty against Torino. Image from: Getty

Milan went close to making them pay a minute later when Abate pulled the ball back to Suso, who fired just wide of the near-post.

Five minutes later Suso went close again. The Spaniard cut-inside to curl a goal-bound effort that Hart was forced to tip over the bar. Suso then curled a freekick just wide of the target four minutes later.

Two minutes before the break Milan went close to pulling a goal back when Bertolacci exchanged passes with Bonaventura and Bacca before firing an effort straight at Hart, who palmed the effort away.

A minute into the restart Torino went close to a third when a Barreca cross was met by Belotti with a header but his effort was blocked by Romagnoli following a swift break.

In the 50th minute Milan went close to pulling a goal back. After a Suso freekick was initially blocked, Davide Calabria sent in a teasing delivery to Romagnoli, whose poked-finish was saved well by Hart.

Five minutes later Milan reduced the deficit. A teasing delivery from Abate evaded Bacca before falling to Bonaventura, whose effort was flicked-on by Bertolacci, whose initial effort was terrifically denied by Hart before the midfielder fired home the rebound according to the goal-line-technology system as Hart made a fine triple-save.

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Andrea Bertolacci celebrates after pulling a goal back for the Rossoneri. Image from: Getty

A minute later Torino looked as though they had restored their two-goal margin when Benassi tapped home after Donnarumma parried Falque’s powerful effort but the flag was up as the midfielder was already in an offside position.

Two minutes later Milan went close to drawing level when Paletta met a Suso cross with a powerful header that Hart was forced to palm behind following a corner.

From the resulting-corner, Paletta was involved once again as he was impeded by Luca Rossetini to win the Rossoneri a penalty. Bacca stepped up and showed Ljajić how to take a penalty; sending Hart the wrong way to level the scores.

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Carlos Bacca sends Joe Hart the wrong way to level the scores. Image from: @acmilan on Instagram
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Carlos Bacca celebrates after levelling the scores. Image from: AP

Eight minutes later Ljajić went close to making amends for his earlier penalty-miss when he curled an effort inches wide of the top-corner from-range.

In the 73rd minute the hosts went close to taking the lead when a Benassi cross found Belotti, who fired inches wide on the half-volley.

Six minutes later the visitors went close when Bonaventura beat substitute Saša Lukić with ease before sending in a teasing delivery that Bacca met at the near-post but his effort was straightforward for Hart.

In the 86th minute Torino went close to a winner when Falque found Ljajić but his effort was palmed behind by Donnarumma.

Two minutes later Romagnoli, who was already on a booking caught Belotti late and received his second yellow card before seeing red. However Torino couldn’t make the man advantage count in the latter stages.

The results meant that Torino remained in ninth on 30 points whilst Milan remained in fifth on 37 points.

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