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2 vs 2
Played
September 15, 2013 12:15 AM IST
Stadio Olimpico di Torino — Torino
Referee:‬ D. Massa‎
Attendance:‬ 22780‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Torino 2-2 Milan

Alessio Cerci produced a vintage display at the Stadio Olimpico but it wasn't enough as Mario Balotelli left it late to break Torino hearts and earn a point for the Rossoneri

By Harry Slavin

  • Daniele Padelli
    0
    1
    4.00

    Daniele Padelli

    The keeper had a comfortable opening period and made a fine stop from Mario Balotelli at 2-0. A poor punch contributed to the first goal and joined the ever-growing list of keepers to be beaten by a Balotelli penalty

  • Danilo D'Ambrosio
    0
    2
    4.00

    Danilo D'Ambrosio

    Was set to be the toast of Turin when he opened the scoring with a clever finish at the near post. Was substituted late on and had to watch on in horror as his team blew their lead.

  • Cesare Bovo
    0
    1
    3.50

    Cesare Bovo

    Solid throughout as part of a back three that were very rarely bested by Kaka & co.

  • Emiliano Moretti
    0
    2
    3.50

    Emiliano Moretti

    Good in the air all evening and was right at the heart of the defence that held out for the majority of the game, just heartbreakingly not all of it from a Torino point of view.

  • Kamil Glik
    0
    1
    3.00

    Kamil Glik

    The Pole was a commanding aerial presence all game. Lost the plot when Muntari's goal was given which embodied his team's panic in the final five minutes.

  • Matteo Darmian
    0
    1
    3.00

    Matteo Darmian

    One of the brightest sparks in a dull first half, the full-back was overshadowed by his colleague on the opposite flank in the second half.

  • Omar El Kaddouri
    0
    1
    2.50

    Omar El Kaddouri

    A very lively opening from the Moroccan on loan from Napoli but his fitness waned and lack of composure kicked in as he was booked and subsequently disappeared as his side looked to hold out in vain.

  • Alessio Cerci
    4
    0
    4.50

    Alessio Cerci Top of the Match

    A mesmeric performance from the Italian who illustrated just why he was once sought after by the likes of Man City. Tortured Emanuelson down the right, set up D'Ambrosio beautifully and took his goal expertly.

  • Giuseppe Vives
    0
    1
    3.50

    Giuseppe Vives

    The best of the bunch in Torino's midfield trio as he looked to move the ball wide whenever possible with some quick passing out to the flanks, allowing Torino to move forward quickly.

  • Matteo Brighi
    0
    1
    3.00

    Matteo Brighi

    A solid display from the veteran who took his fair share of knocks from De Jong but battled on all night.

  • Ciro Immobile
    1
    1
    3.50

    Ciro Immobile

    The lumbering forward was a nuisance for the Milan back pairing of Mexes and Zapata all evening and his cute touch caught out the entire Milan back four to send Cerci clean through for Torino's second.

Substitutions

  • Giovanni Pasquale
    0
    1
    2.00

    Giovanni Pasquale

    A devastating debut for the full-back as he suffered the cruel fate of giving away the last-gasp penalty that led to Milan's equaliser.

  • Alexander Farnerud
    0
    1

    Alexander Farnerud

    Came on, saw Balotelli score and was back down the tunnel.

  • Marcelo Larrondo
    0
    1

    Marcelo Larrondo

    Came on for Cerci but had to be stretchered off at the end before the penalty was taken.

  • Christian Abbiati
    4
    0
    3.00

    Christian Abbiati

    May be disappointed with the opening goal, being beaten at his near post, but nothing he could do with Cerci's cute chip.

  • Philippe Mexes
    3
    2
    2.50

    Philippe Mexes

    At fault for playing Cerci onside for the second goal and had an all-round forgetful night with wayward passing and poor positioning.

  • Cristian Zapata
    2
    4
    2.00

    Cristian Zapata

    Came closest to a goal for the Rossoneri in the opening period with a header, which just about sums up their first half attacking exploits. Was also booked for a clumsy challenge on El Kaddouri. Struggled in the air with Immobile too.

  • Cristian Zaccardo
    2
    5
    2.50

    Cristian Zaccardo

    Went to sleep and allowed D'Ambrosio ample time and space to slot home the opening goal. Didn't have as much to do as Emanuelson when dealing with attacks but fared no better.

  • Sulley Muntari
    5
    2
    3.50

    Sulley Muntari

    Scored with one of the most fortunate goals you are likely to see as his shot with one foot directed the ball on to his standing leg and saw the ball trickle past Pandelli. Never shirked a tackle though and fought on all night.

  • Riccardo Montolivo
    2
    3
    2.00

    Riccardo Montolivo

    Another injury worry for Milan as the former Fiorentina man pulled up with what looked like a muscular injury. Had been anonymous up until that point in any case.

  • Urby Emanuelson
    4
    1
    2.50

    Urby Emanuelson

    Had the hardest task of all Milan players this evening and came out better than most as he came up against the majestic Cerci. Some well-timed tackles and interceptions made up for the occasions where he was left for dead by Cerci's footwork.

  • Nigel De Jong
    6
    0
    3.50

    Nigel De Jong

    A bullying performance as ever from the Dutchman who got away with flailing elbows and late tackles all over the shop, enough to intimidate the Torino team into sitting back for the last five minutes.

  • Robinho
    4
    8
    1.50

    Robinho Flop of the Match

    A forgettable performance as the Brazilian offered absolutely nothing before being substituted early doors in the second period. Was nowhere to be seen when Balotelli was holding up play in the first half and looking for support. An appearance that smacked of disinterest.

  • Kaká
    38
    1
    2.50

    Kaká

    A decent start to his debut with some runs at defenders with the ball a feet but tired quickly and the lack of match practice was all too obvious in the second period.

  • Mario Balotelli
    6
    2
    3.00

    Mario Balotelli

    With virtually no partner up front in the opening period, continued to hold the line himself. Struggled for chances, spurning to great ones in the second half, before keeping his cool and sending Pandelli the wrong way in stoppage time from the spot

Substitutions

  • Valter Birsa
    3
    1
    2.50

    Valter Birsa

    Came on late for Kaka at 2-0 down but didn't really add anything during his short display.

  • Andrea Poli
    11
    0
    3.50

    Andrea Poli

    Came on for the crocked Montolivo and showed a bit of passion with his performance. Booked for reacting badly to a decision but redeemed himself by winning the penalty, inviting Pasquale's rash challenge.

  • Alessandro Matri
    5
    0
    3.00

    Alessandro Matri

    A marked improvement as striking options go compared to Robinho, the former Juventus man worked hard to create chances late on as the Rossoneri got desperate.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Ciro Immobile Ciro Immobile
Striker
Torino
20 0
Luca Toni Luca Toni
Striker
Hellas Verona
18 2
Carlos Tévez Carlos Tévez
Striker
Juventus
18 1
Gonzalo Higuaín Gonzalo Higuaín
Striker
Napoli
17 5
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
Striker
Inter
15 0