SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 27 - 27 Feb 2016 (19.45 UK)
Milan 1 - 0 Torino
Antonelli 44 (M)
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

Luca Antonelli’s rare goal gave Milan a 1-0 win over Torino, but teenage goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma had plenty to do.

The Rossoneri had lost just one of their last 17 games in all competition and were making a concerted push for European qualification. Riccardo Montolivo sat out a ban with Alessio Romagnoli still not 100 per cent fit, while Toro missed Cesare Bovo, Alessandro Gazzi, Danilo Avelar and suspended Marco Benassi. The hosts wore special shirts commemorating the 30th anniversary of President Silvio Berlusconi buying the club.

The Granata hadn’t beaten Milan, home or away in all competition since November 2001, managing only seven draws and nine defeats. Their last Serie A victory at San Siro was 1-0 back in March 1985.

Andrea Belotti almost scored within a couple of minutes when he sprung the offside trap on a Daniele Baselli through ball, but Cristian Zapata got a decisive block on his shot.

While the hosts continued to keep possession, Toro got the great chances, as Gigio Donnarumma ran a huge risk sliding to push the ball off Bruno Peres’ foot, then got straight back up for a one-handed save on Ciro Immobile’s follow-up shot.

Davide Zappacosta’s pass flashed across the face of goal just beyond Belotti. Milan did get their first genuine chance on 27 minutes when Keisuke Honda’s free kick dipped viciously to smack against the crossbar.

Toro almost punished them on the counter with Immobile, but Zapata sprinted back and did just enough to put him off, firing on to the side-netting. At the other end Emiliano Moretti did the same to send Carlos Bacca wide, then Daniele Padelli got down to palm a Jack Bonaventura strike round the base of the far post.

Juraj Kucka’s effort was deflected over by Kamil Glik and on the resulting corner Milan found their opener. Kucka nodded down the set play for Luca Antonelli to turn in on the spin from six yards. It was only the left-back’s second goal of the season.

Straight after the restart Donnarumma fumbled a fierce Bruno Peres strike, Kucka drilled wide and Jack Bonaventura’s curler was off target on the counter.

Bacca had the ball in the net on the hour mark, but was correctly flagged offside on Antonelli’s knock-down from a corner. Ignazio Abate drilled wide, but was also booked and will be suspended against Sassuolo next week.

Immobile thought he’d scored on 72 minutes with a spectacular chest and half-volley, but Donnarumma flew to palm it round the near post.

Torino poured forward in the closing stages as Milan tried to protect their slender lead.


Milan: Donnarumma; Abate, Alex, Zapata, Antonelli; Honda, Kucka, Bertolacci, Bonaventura; Niang (Boateng 69), Bacca (Balotelli 89)
Torino: Padelli; Maksimovic, Glik, Moretti; Zappacosta (Martinez 86), Acquah, Vives, Baselli (Maxi Lopez 78), Peres; Belotti, Immobile
Ref: Celi