SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 37 - 24 May 2015 (19.45 UK)
Milan 3 - 0 Torino
El Shaarawy 18, 65 (M), Pazzini pen 57 (M)
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

Stephan El Shaarawy enjoyed a brace and Giampaolo Pazzini got his 100th Serie A goal as Milan crushed Torino with a red card each.

The Rossoneri had nothing but pride at stake in what was probably Pippo Inzaghi’s last home game as Coach. Christian Abbiati started in goal, suggesting he’ll hang up his gloves at the end of the season. Jeremy Menez, Suso and Giacomo Bonaventura sat out bans with Daniele Bonera, Riccardo Montolivo, Luca Antonelli, Mattia De Sciglio and Michael Essien injured.

Toro were chasing crucial points to stay in the Europa League hunt, but Nikola Maksimovic was suspended with Fabio Quagliarella, Maxi Lopez, Alexander Farnerud and Cesare Bovo sidelined. Matteo Darmian therefore had to move into the centre-back role.

Stephan El Shaarawy got his first start since January 24, but Torino hadn’t conquered San Siro in Serie A for 30 years.

Omar El Kaddouri lined up the shot from inside the area, but Nigel de Jong came sliding in for a decisive block to force a corner.

It was Milan who took the lead with El Shaarawy celebrating his full comeback. He gathered a Cristian Zaccardo cross on the edge of the box, let it bounce and fired past Daniele Padelli at the near post, all with his right foot.

The Little Pharaoh almost got a second, turning wide after a give-and-go with Giampaolo Pazzini.

However, Cristian Molinaro was going clear on goal when he was tripped just outside the penalty area by Zaccardo. The referee considered it to be a clear scoring opportunity and sent the veteran defender off. It was the 13th red card of the campaign shown to Milan players, by far the worst disciplinary record in Europe’s top five Leagues.

It should be noted that in the build-up to that incident, Amauri was offside, so the move should’ve been stopped before the dismissal. Inzaghi pointed that out to the referee at half-time and was sent off for dissent.

Philippe Mexes replaced Alex, who was struggling with an injury. Salvatore Bocchetti whipped in a great cross, but Kamil Glik did just enough to stop Pazzini nodding in.

Marco van Ginkel burst into the area and was barged over from behind by Molinaro for an inevitable penalty and red card. Pazzini stepped up and converted the spot-kick, marking his 100th Serie A goal. He also did so as Milan’s ninth starting captain of the season.

El Shaarawy added a third – his second of the game – thanks to a marvellous give-and-go with Van Ginkel, eventually passing it across the on-rushing goalkeeper from eight yards.

Primavera youth team captain Alessandro Mastalli made his Milan debut and almost scored within a minute, his snapshot deflected wide for a corner.

This crushing 3-0 defeat ends Torino’s hopes of qualifying for the Europa League. They didn’t even get a late consolation goal, as Abbiati stood up to deny El Kaddouri when sent clear by a Migjen Basha through ball.


Milan: Abbiati; Zaccardo, Alex (Mexes 46), Paletta, Bocchetti; Poli (Mastalli 75), De Jong, Van Ginkel; Honda, Pazzini, El Shaarawy (Zapata 68)
Torino: Padelli; Darmian, Glik, Moretti; Bruno Peres, Vives (Benassi 54), Gazzi (Basha 66), El Kaddouri, Molinaro; Amauri, Martinez (Rosso 71)
Ref: Valeri

Sent off: Zaccardo 43 (M), Molinaro 56 (T)