SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 8 - 17 Oct 2015 (19.45 UK)
Torino 1 - 1 Milan
Bacca 63 (M), Baselli 73 (T)
Stadio Olimpico

Carlos Bacca came off the bench to break the deadlock, but Torino pegged Milan back for a 1-1 draw.

The Rossoneri were coming off two consecutive defeats and Sinisa Mihajlovic moved to 4-3-3 after criticism from President Silvio Berlusconi. Carlos Bacca and Cristian Zapata were benched after international duty, while Mario Balotelli, M’Baye Niang and Jeremy Menez were still injured. Toro missed Joel Obi, Danilo Avelar, Bruno Peres, Nikola Maksimovic, Pontus Jansson and Alexander Farnerud.

The Granata had a 100 per cent home record this season, but hadn’t beaten Milan – home or away – since a 1-0 result here in November 2001.

Riccardo Montolivo’s half-volley was over and he forced the first save with a daisy-cutter that Daniele Padelli palmed out of the bottom corner at full stretch.

Jack Bonaventura’s free kick hit the side-netting after skimming the near post and another set play from Alex had plenty of power but no accuracy.

There were only four attempts in the first half, all of them from Milan, and only one on target. Juraj Kucka had timid penalty appeals after going shoulder-to-shoulder with Cristian Molinaro.

Bacca replaced the utterly anonymous Luiz Adriano and within seven minutes had broken the deadlock. He was left unmarked to control an Andrea Bertolacci pull-back and blast into the roof of the net from 10 yards.

Moments later it was almost 2-0, as Bacca sprung the offside trap and went past Padelli with a back-heel flick, forcing a Kamil Glik goal-line clearance.

Toro managed their first real shot after 69 minutes, Daniele Baselli’s effort deflected wide for a corner. Andrea Belotti came off the bench and with his first touch chested down a Fabio Quagliarella ball for Baselli, who smashed past Diego Lopez at the near post. It was the Italy Under-21 international’s fourth goal of the season and against the team he nearly joined this summer.

Milan ran a huge risk of going 2-1 down when Montolivo slipped, sparking a Toro counter-attack, but Diego Lopez managed to parry from Maxi Lopez at the near post with his thigh.

Maxi Lopez also had penalty appeals, but his cross seemed to bounce off Alex’s leg before striking the hand.


Torino: Padelli; Bovo, Glik, Moretti; Zappacosta (Belotti 72), Acquah, Gazzi (Vives 46), Baselli, Molinaro; Maxi Lopez, Quagliarella (Benassi 80)
Milan: Diego Lopez; Abate, Alex, Romagnoli, Antonelli; Kucka (Poli 85), Montolivo, Bertolacci; Cerci (Honda 88), Luiz Adriano (Bacca 56), Bonaventura
Ref: Gervasoni