SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 15 - 9 Dec 2018 (19.30 UK)
Milan 0 - 0 Torino
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

Gianluigi Donnarumma made two decisive saves and Milan wasted golden opportunities in this goalless draw with Torino that does little for either side.

This was an unexpectedly important fixture, as a win would've put Milan within a point of third-placed Inter, while Toro’s victory would've taken them a point behind the Rossoneri and Lazio.

Gonzalo Higuain returned from his two-match ban, but Fabio Borini joined the injury list with long-term absentees Alessio Romagnoli, Mateo Musacchio, Mattia Caldara, Lucas Biglia and Giacomo Bonaventura. Toro had a full squad to choose from and preferred Ola Aina to Lorenzo De Silvestri.

The Granata’s last Serie A victory away to Milan was all the way back in 1985, followed by eight draws and 15 defeats. The Rossoneri are now unbeaten in 22 top flight encounters with Torino, home and away.

There was a minute’s silence before kick-off and both sides wore black armbands, as Gigi Radice died on Friday aged 83. He was in the Milan squad that won the European Cup, then became the last Coach to take the Scudetto at Torino in 1976.

Gianluigi Donnarumma needed an extraordinary reaction save just five minutes in, as Cristian Ansaldi’s cross found Iago Falque’s free header from close range, but he somehow managed to punch it out from under the bar with his trailing hand.

Soualiho Meite blasted wide from the edge of the box, while Nicolas Nkoulou needed a last-gasp tackle to stop Higuain going clear on Patrick Cutrone’s knock-down.

Andrea Belotti only volleyed over from six yards on a taut cross from the left and Armando Izzo made a decisive block to prevent Hakan Calhanoglu nodding in Suso’s cross at the back post.

Higuain should’ve passed it to Suso, but went for goal himself and it was charged down, then on the rebound Salvatore Sirigu used his legs to charge down the Cutrone finish.

Donnarumma made another excellent save, fingertipping the Belotti curler round the far post after a Cristian Zapata deflection.

Higuain did set up Suso on a rapid counter, but the Spaniard shot with his weaker right foot and scuffed it horribly wide.

VAR was used on the stroke of half-time for a possible Nkoulou handball on Higuain’s shot, but the replays show it skimmed his stomach and chest rather than the arm.

Toro came out fighting for the second half and pinned Milan back into their own penalty area, Izzo nodding the Iago Falque free kick over the bar, but the hosts weathered the storm.

Simone Zaza and Samu Castillejo came on for fresh legs, but Suso wasted another promising chance when firing wide of the near post after Tiemoue Bakayoko robbed Meite.

Cutrone had a huge chance on 87 minutes when sent clear by a Cristian Zapata flick, but horribly pulled the finish well wide from 10 yards.

Deep into stoppages, Higuain’s header was sneaking into the bottom corner, but Koffi Djidji intercepted practically on the line.

Walter Mazzarri was sent off from the touchline for dissent yet again, but Torino came away from San Siro with a precious point and extended their unbeaten run.

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Milan: G Donnarumma; Calabria, Abate, Zapata, Rodriguez; Suso, Kessie, Bakayoko, Calhanoglu (Castillejo 70); Cutrone, Higuain
Torino: Sirigu; Izzo, Nkoulou, Djidji; Aina, Meite, Rincon, Baselli (Lukic 80), Ansaldi (Berenguer 90); Iago Falque (Zaza 69), Belotti
Ref: Orsato