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Serie A

  • 10 January 2015
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Olimpico di Torino, Torino
  • Referee: G. Rocchi
  • • Attendance: 14350

Torino 1-1 AC Milan: Ten-man visitors fail to hold on

Torino 1-1 AC Milan: Ten-man visitors fail to hold on


Filippo Inzaghi's side have only won two of their nine Serie A away games this season after an 81st-minute equaliser denied them victory

Ten-man AC Milan were held to a 1-1 draw by Torino at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday evening as their poor away form in Serie A continued.

Kamil Glik's 81st minute headed equaliser for a wasteful Torino means Filippo Inzaghi's Milan have only won two of their nine league games on the road this season.

The hosts were aiming to claim their first win over Milan since 2001 and they will rue this missed opportunity, having failed to fully capitalise on Mattia De Sciglio's red card just before half-time.

Inzaghi's men found themselves ahead after only three minutes as Jeremy Menez blasted home a penalty after being hauled down by Polish centre-back Glik inside the area.

Torino poured men forward in response and Fabio Quagliarella was denied an equaliser by Rossoneri goalkeeper Diego Lopez, before Matteo Darmian then struck the post.

De Sciglio, who had continually been given the run-around by Italy team-mate Darmian, earned a second yellow card on the stroke of half-time for a foul on the midfielder to put Milan in a precarious position.

Torino went on to dominate the second half and finally drew level in the 81st minute as Glik powered in a fine header to earn a point and atone for his earlier error.

However, coach Giampiero Ventura will likely be disappointed not to have overseen a victory.

Milan had made a fine start in Turin but Torino produced a good response to falling behind early on, twice going close to restoring parity in the following eight minutes.

Alexander Farnerud first forced Lopez into action from 25 yards, before the goalkeeper then thwarted Quagliarella from close range.

Milan had another lucky escape 24 minutes in, as Emiliano Moretti's looping header flew narrowly wide, with Alessandro Gazzi agonisingly close to connecting with the ball at the back post.

The visitors continued to struggle as the game progressed and were saved by the woodwork in the 31st minute. Darmian headed against the post before Moretti knocked the rebound over.

And Milan's task was made even tougher in first-half stoppage time as De Sciglio received his second yellow card for a cynical tug on Darmian.

Torino dominated possession right from the start of the second half and comfortably dictated play, but Milan defended well, allowing the hosts very few sights of goal.

Ventura's men did find a way through Milan's backline in the 60th minute, but Pablo Armero made a vital tackle eight yards from his own goal to deny Josef Martinez after a clever pass from Bruno Peres.

Lopez was called into action to spectacularly tip over a Quagliarella effort in the 72nd minute, with Marco Benassi going even closer a few moments later after latching on to Omar El Kaddouri's fine delivery.

Torino's persistence finally paid off with nine minutes to go as Glik met Peres' delivery with an excellent header.

The home side continued to press but could not complete the turnaround and Milan held on for a point.

Inzaghi's side remain seventh in Serie A, one point off the European places, while Torino move up to 13th.