SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 24 - 17 Feb 2020 (19.45 UK)
Milan 1 - 0 Torino
Rebic 25 (M)
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

Ante Rebic proved decisive yet again, as Milan did just enough to earn their first Serie A victory over Torino since August 2016, moving into joint sixth with Verona and Parma.

The Rossoneri lost Hakan Calhanoglu, joining Lucas Biglia, Rade Krunic, Leo Duarte and suspended Andrea Conti in the stands, so Lucas Paqueta got his first start in almost three months. Toro lost here 4-2 in extra time in the Coppa Italia quarter-final last month, but Walter Mazzarri had since been dismissed, Moreno Longo losing his debut to Sampdoria. Armando Izzo sat out a ban with Simone Verdi suffering from flu and Simone Zaza only fit for the bench.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s effort after three minutes took a massive deflection, leaving Salvatore Sirigu stranded and looping just over the bar.

Sirigu got down for an excellent one-handed save on Paqueta, who tried to sweep in from outside the box with the inside of the boot on an Ibrahimovic assist.

It was Rebic who opened the scoring at San Siro, as Milan won back possession down the right, Samu Castillejo pulled back and Rebic drilled in right his right boot from 12 yards, getting there before Lyanco. It was his fifth goal in the last five Serie A games.

Milan were utterly dominant, Bremer deflecting Ibrahimovic’s curler over the bar, but Simon Kjaer pulled up with a suspected thigh strain just before half-time, making way for 20-year-old youth team defender Matteo Gabbia, given his Serie A debut, as Mateo Musacchio had a calf issue.

Straight after the restart, Ibrahimovic skimmed the far top corner with an in-swinging shot, then Castillejo drilled wide of the near post from practically the same position, both under very little pressure.

Andrea Belotti’s header from a corner tested Gianluigi Donnarumma, as Torino significantly stepped up the pressure and started to pin Milan back into their own half with a series of dangerous crosses, but didn’t ultimately create many chances.

Giacomo Bonaventura replaced disappointing Paqueta and his ferocious strike was deflected just wide.

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Milan: G Donnarumma; Calabria, Kjaer (Gabbia 44), Romagnoli, Theo Hernandez; Kessie, Bennacer; Castillejo, Paqueta (Bonaventura 69), Rebic (Leao 88); Ibrahimovic
Torino: Sirigu; Lyanco (Aina 84), Nkoulou, Bremer; De Silvestri, Rincon, Lukic, Ansaldi; Edera (Zaza 64), Berenguer (Millico 84); Belotti
Ref: Fabbri