SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 3 - 14 Sep 2013 (19.45 UK)
Torino 2 - 2 Milan
D’Ambrosio 47 (T), Cerci 71 (T), Muntari 87 (M), Balotelli pen 95 (M)
Stadio Olimpico

Kaka made his comeback, but Milan recovered from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Torino in chaotic and controversial fashion.

All eyes were on Kaka, who was playing his first Serie A game since May 2009 and came in from the start, as the Rossoneri were without Stephan El Shaarawy, M’Baye Niang, Giampaolo Pazzini, Riccardo Saponara, Mattia De Sciglio, Ignazio Abate, Daniele Bonera and Matias Silvestre. Toro’s Alessio Cerci shook off a knock to start alongside Under-21 international Ciro Immobile.

Giuseppe Vives fired not far wide from distance, while Riccardo Montolivo and Cristian Zaccardo shot straight at Daniele Padelli.

Nigel De Jong twice had to get back as an added defender to intercept very dangerous Toro counter-attacks. Cristian Zapata also put Mattia Darmian’s cross out for a corner with Immobile sliding in behind him.

The injury crisis got even worse for Massimiliano Allegri, as Montolivo clutched the back of his thigh and limped off to make way for Andrea Poli. Montolivo handed the captain’s armband over to Kaka.

Toro took the lead after the restart with Danilo D’Ambrosio. The winger sprung the offside trap and turned Christian Zaccardo inside out before drilling low past Abbiati at the near post.

Urby Emanuelson needed a perfectly-timed tackle to stop Cerci going clear in the penalty area, then Alessandro Matri replaced Robinho and immediately set up Mario Balotelli to fire over the bar.

Balotelli had penalty appeals for a tussle with Kamil Glik, but the referee waved play on, then Sulley Muntari blasted wide. Kaka’s game lasted 70 minutes and he made way to give Valter Birsa his debut.

Torino doubled their advantage with a classic counter-attack. Cerci ran on to a smart Immobile pass in the centre-circle and had a clear path to goal, where he kept his cool to chip the on-rushing Abbiati.

Balotelli completed a give-and-go with Matri to sprint into the box, but fired straight at Padelli from point-blank range.

Frustration got to the Rossoneri and De Jong was not spotted when elbowing Marcelo Larrondo.

Milan got back into the game with a frankly bizarre goal. The Torino goalkeeper punched it clear and Muntari scuffed his shot terribly from the edge of the box, but it took a deflection and rolled into the bottom corner as Padelli scrambled after it. At first Torino thought it had not been given, but after moments of confusion the complaints broke out.

The protests were even more furious when Milan were awarded a penalty at the 93rd minute. There could be no real question, though, as Giovanni Pasquale blatantly tripped Poli. Balotelli stepped up and maintained his 100 per cent record from the spot, sending Padelli the wrong way for his equalising penalty with the last kick of the game.

Torino have not beaten Milan, home or away, since a 1-0 home result in November 2001.


Torino: Padelli; Glick, Bovo, Moretti; Darmian, Brighi, Vives, El Kaddouri, D’Ambrosio (Pasqual 79); Cerci (Larrondo 76) (Farnerud 93), Immobile
Milan: Abbiati; Zaccardo, Zapata, Mexes, Emanuelson; Montolivo (Poli 42), De Jong, Muntari; Kaka (Birsa 70); Robinho (Matri 58), Balotelli
Ref: Massa