SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 22 - 1 Feb 2014 (19.45 UK)
Milan 1 - 1 Torino
Immobile 18 (T), Rami 50 (M)
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

Adil Rami’s debut Serie A goal cancelled out Ciro Immobile as Milan were held to a 1-1 draw by Torino.

Clarence Seedorf had the chance to become the first Milan Coach since Luigi Bonizzoni in 1958-59 to win his opening three Serie A games. Mario Balotelli was suspended with Stephan El Shaarawy, Andrea Poli, Cristian Zapata and Matias Silvestre injured, but new buy Michael Essien was on the bench. Toro were flying high in sixth place going into the weekend, although they had lost their last five visits to San Siro.

After just 97 seconds Daniele Padelli needed a fingertip save on Giampaolo Pazzini’s deflected shot, but it was Torino who broke the deadlock with an excellent individual goal.

Ciro Immobile sprung the offside trap in midfield, shimmied past Daniele Bonera in a one-on-one and curled his finish past Christian Abbiati into the far bottom corner with the inside of his right foot.

Moments later Milan almost equalised, as Robinho’s shot was charged down and the ricochet turned into an assist for Pazzini’s audacious overhead kick, bringing a desperate reaction save out of Padelli.

Alexander Farnerud should’ve made it 2-0 on the half-hour mark when Alessio Cerci burst down the right, but the midfielder’s cushioned header was over the bar from six yards.

Sulley Muntari, who surprisingly started in place of Nigel De Jong, hit a powerful effort at Padelli. The Toro goalkeeper did brilliantly to parry Kaka’s fierce swerving strike with a one-handed save and Keisuke Honda’s effort was deflected over from the edge of the box.

Milan did equalise after the restart with Adil Rami’s debut Serie A strike. He combined with Muntari and unleashed a powerful effort from the edge of the box, but it took a decisive deflection to go above Padelli into the far top corner.

The Rossoneri looked like a different team after the restart, as Urby Emanuelson’s ball flashed all the way across the face of goal with Pazzini and Robinho unable to get the final touch. Robinho curled a brilliant finish into the net from a Kaka through ball, but the goal was correctly ruled offside.

Padelli just about dealt with a De Jong snapshot and Mattia Darmian was decisive with his interception to stop Kaka turning in a Pazzini through ball.

Padelli had to back-pedal furiously to fingertip a looping Riccardo Montolivo free kick out from under the bar, but Kamil Glik was accidentally kicked in the face by Pazzini during an acrobatic move gone wrong.

Bonera hauled back Cerci for a yellow card, which means he’ll be suspended against Napoli next week. Abbiati had to come tearing off his line to clear from Cerci, who had burst past Bonera again, and the former Fiorentina winger curled a free kick just over the bar.


Milan: Abbiati; De Sciglio, Bonera, Rami, Emanuelson; Muntari (De Jong 63), Montolivo; Honda (Petagna 89), Kaka, Robinho (Saponara 75); Pazzini
Torino: Padelli; Maksimovic, Glik, Moretti; Darmian, Basha (Kurtic 69), Vives, Farnerud (El Kaddouri 54), Masiello; Immobile, Cerci (Meggiorini 93)
Ref: Damato