SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 14 - 26 Nov 2017 (14.00 UK)
Milan 0 - 0 Torino
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

Salvatore Sirigu and Gianluigi Donnarumma performed stunning saves, but it was a disappointing goalless draw between Milan and Torino.

It is the fourth consecutive San Siro Serie A outing in which Milan have failed to find the net.

The Rossoneri were forced into changes, as Fabio Borini (ankle) and Lucas Biglia (flu) were late absentees, joining Davide Calabria, Ignazio Abate and Andrea Conti, so Andre Silva got a rare Serie A start in a reshuffled line-up. It was a reunion for ex-Milan men Sinisa Mihajlovic and M’Baye Niang, while Andrea Belotti was approached over the summer.

Toro have not beaten the Rossoneri since a 1-0 home result in November 2011, managing just eight draws and 11 defeats. Their last Serie A victory at San Siro was 1-0 in March 1985, followed by six stalemates in the next 21 visits.

Nikola Kalinic wasted a golden opportunity after just six minutes, as he snatched at a ricochet into his path and smacked it on to the upright.

Salvatore Sirigu flew to palm a Suso free kick out of the near top corner, while the Granata grew and Joel Obi had the ball in the back of the net, but only after a handling offence.

Andre Silva thought he’d scored his first Serie A goal when sliding on to a Cristian Zapata cross from the right, but the Portugal international turned wide from 10 yards.

The crowd was increasingly frustrated, as just before half-time Kalinic robbed Nicolas N’Koulou to spark the counter, but hesitated and chose the wrong pass, wasting a golden opportunity.

Leonardo Bonucci completed a give-and-go with Suso down the right only to hit the side-netting rather than pull back to unmarked Kalinic and Andre Silva.

Adem Ljajic saw his free kick deflected off the wall, but Milan started pouring forward in waves and Sirigu was under siege. He performed a stunning double save on Kalinic’s header and the follow-up from close range.

Sirigu then flew to palm away a Suso scorcher, but had less to do when Kalinic blasted straight at him one-on-one. When Kalinic was substituted and jeered by the crowd, he reacted by sarcastically applauding the Rossoneri fans.

Patrick Cutrone drilled wide from the D, as did fellow substitute Iago Falque, but in the final minutes Gianluigi Donnarumma needed a spectacular save on Belotti’s glancing header and combined with Montolivo to turn the Iago Falque follow-up off the line.

Milan gave Toro the final scare in stoppages, as Sirigu flew to palm a Hakan Calhanoglu strike over the bar and Cutrone had the ball in the net after being flagged offside.

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Milan: G Donnarumma; Zapata, Bonucci, Romagnoli, Rodriguez; Suso, Kessie, Montolivo, Bonaventura (Calhanoglu 71); Silva, Kalinic (Cutrone 77)
Torino: Sirigu; De Silvestri, N’Koulou, Burdisso, Ansaldi; Baselli (Acquah 87), Rincon, Obi; Niang (Boye 77), Belotti, Ljajic (Iago Falque 69)
Ref: Irrati