Saturday, 21 April 2018

Torino 1-1 AC Milan

Torino fought back to earn a well deserved point against AC Milan on Wednesday night, but arguably should have won the game.

Walter Mazzarri stuck with the same team who drew with Chievo in the previous match, as Adem Ljajic, an injury doubt, was declared fit.

Toro made a lively start and were awarded a penalty inside two minutes, as Franck Kessie was penalised for tripping Cristian Ansaldi in the area. Captain Andrea Belotti stepped up to take the penalty, but saw his effort crash off the bar. That was the third penalty that Torino have missed against AC Milan in their last four matches, with Belotti also missing at the San Siro last season.

Torino were made to pay for that miss, as just moments later, Giacomo Bonaventura opened the scoring with a sublime half volley from distance. Toro's best chance at an equaliser in the first half was when Iago Falque blazed over the bar when trying to divert Cristian Ansaldi's wayward effort.

With twenty minutes remaining, Toro did get the equaliser that their play deserved as Lorenzo De Silvestri headed home an Adem Ljajic corner. The Serbian was almost the match-winner in the dying moments, as despite slipping before striking the ball, Ljajic poked a shot towards goal that forced an outstanding save from Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Lorenzo De Silvestri's night ended on a sour note as he was sent off after receiving a second yellow card for fouling Ricardo Rodriguez. AC Milan then almost won it in the dying seconds, as former Toro man Ignazio Abate's long range shot clipped off the post, but that would have been harsh on the Granata and the game ended level.

Forza Toro

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