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Played
May 5, 2013 6:30 PM IST
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza — Milano
Referee:‬ A. Damato‎
Attendance:‬ 43000‎
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Milan 1-0 Torino

Mario Balotelli's late winner at the San Siro snatched all three points for the Rossoneri, as they increased their lead over fourth-placed Fiorentina to four points

By Charlie Scott

  • Christian Abbiati
    8
    1
    4.00

    Christian Abbiati Top of the Match

    Saved confidently from Cerci and Barreto in the first half and after the break, pulled off a superb stop to keep out Barreto's close-range half volley.

  • Philippe Mexes
    5
    1
    3.00

    Philippe Mexes

    Should have stayed closer to Torino's tireless front pair, who they enjoyed possession in dangerous positions. Came close to scoring shortly before the break when he nodded Balotelli's corner just wide. Supplied the assist for Balotelli as Milan sealed a late victory.

  • Cristian Zapata
    2
    3
    3.00

    Cristian Zapata

    A missed interception by the Colombian nearly gifted Torino an opening goal in the 16th minute but his mistake was wasted by Barreto. The centre-back did not enjoy the attention paid to him by the bustling Cerci.

  • Ignazio Abate
    8
    0
    2.50

    Ignazio Abate

    Playing against his former club the versatile defender put in a characteristically energetic performance. Provided an outlet on the right as Milan searched for and eventually scored a winner late on.

  • Kevin Constant
    0
    3
    2.50

    Kevin Constant

    Slotting in at full-back in the absence of De Sciglio, the powerful youngster provided good width for Milan after the break, having been pinned back in the first half by Cerci.

  • Sulley Muntari
    1
    4
    2.50

    Sulley Muntari

    Tested Gillet with a rasping drive after 15 minutes and was one of Milan's more impressive performers as he completed a huge number of passes in midfield.

  • Antonio Nocerino
    4
    1
    3.00

    Antonio Nocerino

    The game appeared to pass him by in the middle of the pitch, as Torino's hard-working midfielders dominated that area.

  • Kevin-Prince Boateng
    0
    5
    2.00

    Kevin-Prince Boateng Flop of the Match

    At times it looked like the former Portsmouth midfielder was trying too hard, as some intricate passes went astray – much to the disdain of Balotelli and El Shaarawy. Taken off late on.

  • Mathieu Flamini
    1
    2
    2.50

    Mathieu Flamini

    The tenacious defensive midfielder demonstrated his impressive fitness levels by breaking up Torino moves inside his own half, and also offering himself as an attacking outlet when Milan pushed forward.

  • Mario Balotelli
    8
    1
    3.50

    Mario Balotelli

    The enigmatic striker was not at his best against the Granata but he proved his worth late on when he was in the right place to notch the winner from close range.

  • Stephan El Shaarawy
    4
    2
    2.50

    Stephan El Shaarawy

    The Italy forward had another off day at San Siro, as he and Balotelli failed to trouble Torino's defence as much as they should have. Was hauled off in the 55th minute and replaced by Giampaolo Pazzini.

Substitutions

  • Robinho
    4
    2
    3.00

    Robinho

    Produced one moment of brilliance when he drove past the challenge of three Torino defenders before forcing Gillet into a smart stop at his near post.

  • Giampaolo Pazzini
    5
    0
    3.00

    Giampaolo Pazzini

    Replaced El Shaarawy after 55 minutes and immediately looked more of a threat. Nearly poached a goal from under the nose of Gillet after the Torino goalkeeper parried a striker from Balotelli.

  • M'Baye Niang
    2
    3
    3.00

    M'Baye Niang

    Introduced with 15 minutes to go in place of Boateng and helped stretch Torino's tiring defence with his pace and trickery.

  • Jean-François Gillet
    2
    0
    3.50

    Jean-François Gillet

    Kept out efforts from Muntari and Balotelli early on and continued to foil Milan's efforts in the second half. Was beaten five minutes from the end after Milan overloaded his penalty area.

  • Guillermo Rodriguez
    0
    0
    3.00

    Guillermo Rodriguez

    The defender put in a resolute performance at the back for the visitors, but he will have been disappointed that Milan's late goal came from a cross from his side.

  • Valerio Di Cesare
    0
    0
    3.00

    Valerio Di Cesare

    Disrupted Milan's attacking play with some timely interceptions, particularly on one occasion in the first half when El Shaarawy looked set to burst through on goal. Tired late on.

  • Angelo Ogbonna
    3
    0
    3.00

    Angelo Ogbonna

    The Italy international was energetic at full-back for the away side, and did well to limit the effectiveness of Boateng. Put in some vital tackles early in the second half as Milan threw numbers forward.

  • Salvatore Masiello
    1
    0
    2.50

    Salvatore Masiello

    The holding midfielder did a fantastic job at hassling Milan's players in the centre of the pitch and he even had the speed of thought to set up a couple of counterattacks after the break.

  • Matteo Darmian
    0
    0
    3.50

    Matteo Darmian

    The centre-back put in some crunching tackles to stop Milan from scoring earlier than they did, but he will have been devastated to see Balotelli pop up and grab all three points in the 84th minute.

  • Migjen Basha
    1
    0
    3.00

    Migjen Basha

    Carved Milan's defence open with a pass to Barreto, but the Brazilian attacker failed to profit from it as his effort flew straight at Abbiati. Was comfortable on the ball throughout.

  • Alessio Cerci
    1
    0
    3.50

    Alessio Cerci

    Posed Milan's defence problems all game, but the former Roma striker should have perhaps done better when he shot straight at Abbiati in the opening exchanges.

  • Giuseppe Vives
    0
    0
    3.50

    Giuseppe Vives

    Made sure that the likes of Nocerino and Muntari did not have time in possession in midfield, which helped Torino retrieve the ball in dangerous areas on a number of occasions.

  • Matteo Brighi
    0
    0
    3.00

    Matteo Brighi

    Was quiet during his 75 minutes on the pitch, as those around him shone. It was little surprise to see him withdrawn and replaced by Santana towards the end of the game. Replaced by Santana with 15 minutes to go.

  • Paulo Vitor Barreto
    0
    0
    2.50

    Paulo Vitor Barreto

    Produced a shocking miss midway through the first half after being put clean through on goal by Basha and should have scored in the second half following a well-worked counterattack down the right.

Substitutions

  • Danilo D'Ambrosio
    0
    0
    2.00

    Danilo D'Ambrosio

    Misplaced a few passes after being brought on by Ventura shortly before the end. Nowhere to be seen as Balotelli swept home the winner from close range.

  • Mario Santana
    0
    0
    2.50

    Mario Santana

    Came on for Brighi towards the end of the game but had little impact.

  • Riccardo Meggiorini
    0
    0
    2.50

    Riccardo Meggiorini

    Introduced in the closing stages as Torino fell victim to Balotelli's late winner.

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