Torino F.C. vs A.C. Milan


Serie A

January 16th

Stadio Olimpico Di Torino, Torino, Italy


21′ Belotti

26′ Benassi

31′ Ljajić Penalty saved

55′ Bertolacci

60′ Bacca (P)

88′ Romagnoli Sent off (Second bookable offence)

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FT: The results means that Torino remain in ninth on 30 points whilst Milan remain in fifth on 37 points.

FT: Romagnoli was dismissed late-on but Torino couldn’t take advantage. Had the hosts been more clinical in front of goal, especially in the first-half, they would have extended their lead and won this match. Rossetini was clumsy to gift Milan a penalty too, but as Milan’s pressure proved to be too much for the Granata.

FT: Milan should have been down and out at the break but thanks to Donnarumma’s save from Ljajić, they were given a lifeline and took advantage. The Rossoneri were knocking on the door and went close on a few occasions prior to the goals. First Romagnoli forced Hart into a good save before Paletta headed just over the bar with a looping header. Then despite Hart’s best efforts to keep the ball out, the goal-line-technology system awarded Bertolacci with a goal after Abate’s dangerous delivery caused havoc for the hosts. Paletta then forced Hart into a fine save from a header before being impeded by Rossetini to win a penalty which Bacca converted successfully. Bacca did have one last chance but his effort was saved by Hart after good initial play by Bonaventura.

FT: Torino created a number of good chances in the second-half but couldn’t make the most of them. First Belotti had a header blocked before Benassi had a goal disallowed for offside. Since Milan drew level, Torino looked to take the lead again and went close with Ljajić firing inches wide of the top-corner before Belotti fired just wide on the half-volley. Ljajić went close to a winner late-on but Donnarumma once again came to Milan’s rescue.

FT: So Ljajić’s penalty proves to be costly as Milan come from behind to earn a draw.

90’+4′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.

90’+1′ Suso surges forward and has support but fires harmlessly wide from-range.

90′ There will be four additional minutes.

88′ Dismissal!! Romagnoli receives a second yellow and receives his marching orders for a late challenge on Belotti.

87′ The corner comes to nothing.

86′ Final Milan change sees Calabria replaced by Leonel Vangioni.

86′ Chance!! Ljajić fires an effort that Donnarumma is forced to palm behind.

83′ Second Milan change sees Niang replace Bonaventura.

80′ Final Torino change sees Benassi replaced by Daniele Baselli.

79′ Chance!! Bonaventura beats Lukić with ease before sending in a teasing delivery that Bacca meets at the near-post but Hart makes the save.

78′ Falque is penalised for a foul on Bonaventura and receives a yellow card.

76′ Pašalić cuts-inside to fire an effort over the bar.

73′ Close!! Belotti meets a cross on the half-volley to fire an effort just wide of the near-post.

73′ First Milan change sees Bertolacci replaced by Juraj Kucka.

72′ Iturbe fires an effort wide from-range.

69′ Suso is penalised for a foul on Iturbe.

68′ Close!! Ljajić curls an effort inches wide of the top-corner.

66′ Second Torino change sees Valdifiori replaced by Saša Lukić.

66′ The corner comes to nothing.

66′ Falque wins a corner.

62′ Slight delay in the match as Valdifiori receives treatment for an injury.

61′ Romagnoli concedes a corner.

60′ First Torino change sees Juan Iturbe replace Obi.

60′ Goal!! Bacca sends Hart the wrong way to level the scores.

58′ Penalty!! Rossetini is penalised for fouling Paletta from the corner.

58′ Chance!! The delivery is initially cleared before another Suso cross is met by Paletta with a powerful header that Hart is forced to palm behind.

57′ Barreca concedes a corner.

56′ Obi receives a yellow card for a poor challenge on Abate.

56′ Disallowed goal!! Falque fires an effort that Donnarumma parries into the path of Benassi, who taps home but the flag is up as the midfielder was already in an offside position.

55′ Goal!! A teasing delivery from Abate evades Bacca before falling to Bonaventura, whose effort is flicked-on by Bertolacci, whose initial effort is terrifically denied by Hart before the midfielder fires home the rebound according to the goal-line-technology system as Hart made a fine triple-save.

53′ Calabria is penalised for a foul.

52′ Close!! The corner is met by Paletta, whose looping header sails onto the roof of the net.

51′ Bonaventura wins a corner.

50′ Chance!! The freekick is initially blocked before Calabria sends in a teasing delivery to Romagnoli, whose poked-finish is saved well by Hart.

49′ Belotti receives a yellow card for a challenge on Locatelli and concedes a freekick in a good position for Milan.

46′ Chance!! Barreca sends in a teasing cross that Belotti meets with a header but his effort is blocked by Romagnoli following a swift break.

46′ Bonaventura audaciously fires an effort harmlessly over the bar from-range.

45′ Torino get the second-half underway.

HT: So will Torino hold on and add to their tally or will Milan come back in this match? Join us again for the second-half.

HT: Torino must be more clinical in front of goal if they are to seal the victory given the quality of Milan’s side, who are more than capable of turning this match around. Torino need to be aware of the Rossoneri threat on the counter-attack and look to break themselves whilst the visitors commit men forward. Milan need to be more clinical themselves. They haven’t got the best out of Bacca thus far in this match and will need to provide better service for the Colombian. The only positives they have are that it’s only two goals and not three. Milan also have M’Baye Niang and Gianluca Lapadula on the bench should their performance fail to materialise.

HT: Milan have created a number of good chances too but haven’t been clinical enough. When the scores were goalless, Paletta’s mishit strike looped just over the bar following a corner. After falling behind twice and Donnarumma saving Ljajić’s penalty, Milan started to respond and went close with Suso firing just wide of the target after an Abate pull-back before Hart was called into action to tip away the Milan winger’s curling effort. Suso then curled a freekick just wide before Bertolacci tested Hart with a strike at the end of the half.

HT: The hosts have been impressive thus far in the match, helped by some nervous Milan defending. Torino have caused a number of problems for the Rossoneri and should have had more goals had it not been for Donnarumma. First Belotti was denied by the youngster before Falque drilled an effort over the bar. However the Milan keeper could do nothing about Belotti and Benassi’s improvised finishes.The hosts could have been out of sight especially when Abate’s challenge led to a Torino penalty, however Ljajić failed to convert as Donnarumma guessed right to palm the ball away before Falque blazed the rebound over the bar.

HT: So Torino are comfortable ahead at the break.

45’+1′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.

45′ There will be one additional minute.

44′ Romagnoli receives a yellow card for a cynical foul on Falque.

44′ The corner is cleared.

43′ Chance!! Bertolacci exchanges passes with Bonaventura and Bacca before firing an effort straight at Hart, who palms the effort away before Zappacosta concedes a corner.

43′ The delivery is cleared.

42′ Falque wins a corner.

41′ Obi is penalised for a foul on Paletta.

41′ Close!! Suso curls the freekick just wide of the target.

39′ Suso wins a freekick in a dangerous position after a foul from Moretti, who receives a yellow card.

38′ The delivery is cleared.

37′ Close!! Suso cuts-inside to curl an effort that Hart is forced to tip over the bar.

32′ Chance!! Abate pulls the ball back to Suso, who fires just wide of the near-post.

31′ Penalty saved!! Donnarumma guesses right and stays central to palm away Ljajić’s spot-kick before Falque horribly blazes the rebound over from close-range.

30′ Penalty!! Barreca surges forward and is sent tumbling by the dangling leg of Abate and the referee points to the spot.

29′ Bonaventura is penalised for handball.

27′ Belotti is caught just offside.

26′ Goal!! Obi manages to get in behind the Milan defence and force Donnarumma into a fine save but the loose ball falls to Belotti, who finds Falque, whose miscued effort is instinctively flicked home by Benassi with yet another improvised finish.

24′ Locatelli receives a yellow card for a cynical foul on Belotti.

21′ Goal!! Falque initially does well to beat two Milan players and tee up Ljajić, whose miscued effort is brilliantly diverted home by Belotti with an improvised finish.

18′ Bonaventura wins a freekick.

16′ Bonaventura is penalised for a foul on Zappacosta.

15′ Bacca is caught offside.

12′ Close!! The delivery is cleared to Falque, who fires an effort just over the bar from-range.

12′ Barreca wins a corner.

12′ Belotti wins a freekick.

8′ The corner comes to nothing.

7′ Abate concedes a corner.

5′ Chance!! Belotti is played through and fires an effort at goal but Donnarumma does well to palm the effort away.

5′ Close!! The corner falls to Calabria, who mishits and effort that loops just over the bar.

4′ Rossettini concedes a corner.

3′ Chance!! Donnarumma misjudges a cross-field pass and Belotti looks set to capitalise but Paletta makes a decisive clearance.

2′ Close!! A Paletta clearance deflects off Obi and ricochets wide.

0′ Milan get the game underway.

Team news:

Torino F.C.: Joe Hart (GK),Antonio Barreca, Emiliano Moretti, Luca Rossettini, Davide Zappacosta, Mirko Valdifiori, Joel Obi, Marco Benassi, Adem Ljajić, Andrea Belotti, Iago Falque

A.C. Milan: Gianluigi Donnarumma (GK), Davide Calabria, Alessio Romagnoli, Gabriel Paletta, Ignazio Abate, Manuel Locatelli, Andrea Bertolacci, Mario Pašalić, Giacomo Bonaventura, Carlos Bacca, Suso


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