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9 December 2012
• Stadio Olimpico di Torino, Torino
Referee: A. Romeo
• Attendance: 15000
M. Santana 28'
R. Bianchi 80'
A. Nocerino 53'
G. Pazzini 61'
S. El Shaarawy 76'
90' + 4'
FULL TIME: TORINO 2-4 AC MILAN: Great second-half performance from the Rossoneri who looked far superior to the side that stepped onto the Stadio Olimpico turf in the first half. El Shaarawy continued his goalscoring run, Nocerino atoned for his error earlier in the first half while Robinho showed signs of getting back to his best. Torino really will be disappointed with the way they performed in the second half after matching Milan in the first. But in the end the result means the Rossoneri close the gap on Lazio in sixth place and more worries for Torino. That's it folks enjoy what's left of your weekend!
Four minutes of time be added on at the end of this match. The Rossoneri are stroking the ball about at the back, looking very comfortable.
Milan doing enough to see this one home. Their second-half has been impressive but Ventura will be raging at his defence in the way they have conceded these goals. Every single one could have been prevented.
Yellow CardValerio Di Cesare
Yellow CardUrby Emanuelson
Five minutes to go here and if you were to have told me it was going to be a six-goal thriller at half-time I would have laughed in your face! Really, I would have. Meanwhile, back to the football and it's Torino that are pushing for a third to set up a tense ending!
Torino are really given this a go and they could have had a third. Bianchi is released on the left, he delivers a teasing ball across Sansone looks as though he's favourite to header the ball home but Ambrosini does incredibly well to put the midifelder off, both players feet are high but the ball ends up in the clutches of the keeper.
GOOOAALLLL!! AND INCREDIBLY TORINO HAVE ONE BACK! It's through Bianchi he sends a lovely header past Amelia in goal. Great ball in from the right and powerful forward attacks the header to give the Granata a glimmer of hope!
Stephan El Shaarawy
The goalscorer El Shaarawy is replaced to a standing ovation from the away support. The 20-year-old continues his incredible goalscoring run in Serie A and that's his seventh game in a row that he has scored away from home. Hats off to the striker.
GoalStephan El Shaarawy
GOOOAAALLLLLL!! AND MILAN HAVE A FOURTH!! It's an absolute howler from Gillet. The danger looked to be over as Nocerino delivered an early ball which the keeper should have dealt with it squirms off Gillet and El Shaarawy shows his poacher's instinct to take advantage of the slip up and knock it into the net!
OFF THE POST!! Well Milan have really stepped it up a gear in this second half and the three-pronged attack is finally starting to show its promise. The ball is whipped in by El Shaarawy and Pazzini makes a great run to get on the end of the cross, he does everything right with header but it cannons of the post!
Oooohh off the bar!! Welll that was nearly a fourth for Milan. As Emanuelson from a good 25 yards out curls one looking for the top corner and nearly finds it but he clips the bar with Gillet being reduced to little more than a spectator.
It's a joy to watch Robinho sometimes the fleet-footed Brazilian drives from the midfield and evades a few challenges it almost looks like he's going to right through the heart of the Torino defence before Ogbonna steps in his way.
Ooooohhhhh! What an effort that was from Basha from the edge of the box he's up against a couple of Milan defenders, he skips away from the challenges and attempts to find the top corner but the ball whistles narrowly past the post.
Santana shows some lovely skills down the left-hand side teasing Milan defence desperate for them to lunge in and commit a foul. None forthcoming, however, and the visitors clear the ball away.
Yellow CardSalvatore Masiello
Yellow CardAlessandro Gazzi
GOOOOAALLLL!! AND MILAN HAVE ADDED A THIRD!! Giampaolo Pazzini shows great determination and persistence to ride a couple of challenges. He then barges over Masiello - Torino defenders stop expecting a foul to be given. Pazzini continues and so does the play and he lashes it past Gillet at the near post!
You have to give credit to the Granata it's been a great response since they went behind. This game is far from over.
Torino surge forward again and Basha attempts a shot from about 30 yards it takes a few deflections and goes out for a corner - could have went anywhere. The resultant set-piece is sent in and from a near post flick on Bianchi is inches away from equalising for the hosts.
There's a bit of a delay before the free-kick can be taken. It;s eventually smashed into the wall by Bianchi. Bit of a waste from what was a promising position for the Granata.
Yellow CardIgnazio Abate
Great play by Bianchi has won Torino a free-kick in a dangerous position. The former Manchester City striker manages to reach the ball before the outstrechted Abate and the defender take Bianchi down just outside the box which merits a caution.
GOOOOAAAALLLL!!! MILAN TAKE THE LEAD. Well that was a lovely move. Robinho released El Shaarawy down the left-hand side . The 20-year-old sends in a cross , Gillet only half deals with it which gives Nocerino the chance to make up for his howler in the first half and nods the Rossoneri into the lead.
A nasty clash of heads between Pazzini and DI Cesare. The defender looks to win the ball from behind. Pazzini stands his ground and Di Cesare clatters into the back of the striker but the defender comes off the worst.
Milan looking to try and settle early in this second half and play passes around the back to attempt to build up confidence
The second half is back underway here at the Stadio Olimpico and it's an immediately bright start by the hosts. Santana spins his man before firing in the cross but the danger is cleared.
@Argborlarhaun @CTTurnbull Milan performance has been below par, but nevertheless Torino can't match Milan...Its milan day!
@milan_moe "@CTTurnbull It's time for Allegri to stop using this 4-3-3 formation and go back to using 4-3-1-2 with Bojan as a trequartista. "
@AakashBakaya19 @CTTurnbull stephan to score next half! Let's go milano! He's been fairly quiet so far but there's no doubt he could have that moment of brilliance which could be the difference between the two sides.
HALF-TIME; TORINO 1-1 AC MILAN A Jekyll and Hyde performance so far from Milan from the utterly brilliant to the utterly awful from Robinho to Nocerino, and most of it to be fair has been poor apart from that one moment of genius from Robinho to get the Rossoneri back on level terms and spare Nocerino's blushes after he gifted the chance to Santana. The Argentine still had some work to do before showing composure to put the hosts ahead. But level so far! Let me know your thoughts on the first half (@CTTurnbull) and you can see your name up in lights! Go on, you know you want to!
Robinho is certainly an enigma. One minute brilliant. The next average. This was one of his average moments as he picked up the ball drove forward and struck a shot from 25 yards high and wide.
Allegri will be somewhat relieved to get the goal there at a crucial time just before the interval. In fairness, Milan have looked the most likeliest to score but in terms of quality, the goal in no way reflected what we have seen from the Rossoneri in this first half.
AssistMattia De Sciglio
GOOOOAAALLLLLL ! Well Milan's persistence has paid off and it's the Brazilian Robinho who shows his class by turning Di Cesare inside out in the box with the just swerve of the hips. That gives him the opportunity to fire the ball into the top corner with the outside of his right foot, giving Gillet no chance!
Yepes roars his frustration as yet another delivery has been utterly woeful. This time it's Emanuelson who is the guilty party sending in a corner but it's low, scuffed and not very threatening. However, the danger is only half cleared.
Torino are soaking up this if not intense then certainly continued pressure by the Rossoneri but the Granata looked liable to sneak one on the counter. A couple of times Milan have piled forward which has left space for Santana to exploit. It's something the visitors are going to have to be aware of.
Bianchi claims for a free-kick while Milan surge forward but again the final ball is lacking and the hosts are given a reprieve. Abate and Robinho combine to send in another dangerous ball but its hoofed clear again.
Yellow CardMatteo Darmian
Lovely play from El Shaarawy earns Allegri's men a free-kick close to the corner flag. The 20-year-old took the ball in his stride before dinking it inside Darmain. The set-piece is delivered but in all honestly it's poor and cleared by the first man.
Shellshocked Milan are attempting to raise the tempo here but Torino are snapping at the heels of the Rossoneri, giving them absolutely no time on the ball.
GOOOOAAAALLLLL!!! Well where did that come from?! I'll tell you where! Nocerino! The midfielder has really got into the festive spirit and gifted a present to Santana the Argentine cooly rounds the keeper before knocking the ball into the empty net!
Both teams are giving the ball away far too cheaply Robinho yet again the culprit for Milan while Cerci does his best to emulate the Brazilian and gives the ball to Yepes. Really is scrappy stuff.
Robinho keeps dropping deep for the visitors picking up balls in the space just in front of the Torino defence. He's been trying delicate little flicks and chips but nothing has really come off for him so far.
Nigel De Jong
Yet more injury worries for Milan as Nigel de Jong looks as though he won't be able to continue in this match as he's fallen awkwardly as he attempts to gather the ball in possession. Meanwhile, play continues and from a Torino corner Milan break through Robinho but the attacker is bundled over.
Well El Shaarawy has scored in his six away league matches but he's yet to have any sort of impact on the proceedings. Just as I say that, Pazzini finds himself behind the Torino backline cuts it back for the 20-year-old who instinctively hits it on the bounce but he can't keep his shot down.
Much better from Milan there they've looked threatening down the right and that's once more when the opportunity comes from. A cut back is from Abate and blocked by Di Cesare eventually Pazzini attempts a header from about the penalty spot and it goes over the bar.
The Granata aren't letting Milan settle into this match. A couple of times Robinho has picked up the ball in the middle of the park and Basha - living up to his name - ensures the Brazil international knows he's in a match. Meanwhile, when Milan have attempted shots on goal. It's been from distance and needless to say Gillet has been a spectator so far.
Torino are playing some lovely football but it's just that final ball that seems to be lacking from them this afternoon. Another good opportunity breaks down when the ball is needlessly given away in the final third.
Nocerino looks to take things into his own hands with a strike at goal for the visitors but it's never really troubling Gillet. You get the impression though that the first goal in this match could be crucial.
Well what was initially a good opportunity for Milan with Robinho and Abate linking again turned into a counter-attack for the hosts, the Rossoneri get back and snuffed out the danger. Both teams still trying to feel their way into the match nothing in the way of a clear sighting at goal yet.
Oooooh, Lovely play down the right wing there from Milan. Robinho played out wide to the flying Abate and he sent in a dangerous ball to the near post which Ogbonna took no chances with and knocked it out for a corner.
An early chance there for Torino as Santana, who looked dangerous against Juventus, cut in on his right foot and hit a swerving shot just wide of the post.
Well the last encounter between the two sides was back in 2009 and Milan ran out 5-1 winners that day with a certain Filippo Inzaghi grabbing a hat-trick.
And we're underway here at the Stadio Olimpico
Well the hosts have Kamel Glik suspended after his red card in the Turin derby and Di Cesare comes in to replace him otherwise it's a fairly unchanged side for Torino who line-up in their usual 4-2-4 system. The visitors have numerous injury problems Christian Abbiati is out. Marco Amelia comes in. Kevin Constant, Riccardo Montolivo, Alexandre Pato and Daniele Bonera are all missing but there is a start for Giampaolo Pazzini and Robinho.
Torino (4-2-4): Gillet; Darmian, Di Cesare, Ogbonna, Masiello; Basha, Gazzi; Cerci, Bianchi, Meggiorini, Santana Subs : L. Gomis, Rodriguez, Agostini, D'Ambrosio, Brighi, Birsa, Stevanovic, Sgrigna, Verdi, Vives, Suciu, Sansone. Coach Ventura Milan (4-3-3): Amelia; Abate, Mexes, Yepes, De Sciglio; Nocerino, De Jong, Emanuelson; Robinho, Pazzini, El Shaarawy Subs.: Abbiati, Coppola, Gabriel, Zapata, Mesbah, Antonini, Ambrosini, Strasser, Bojan, Flamini, Niang. Coach: Allegri
Good afternoon folks and welcome to Goal.com's coverage of Torino against AC Milan. I'm Craig Turnbull and you can contact me with your thoughts (@CTTurnbull). Well the Rossoneri know what is at stake here, they need to close what's becoming a huge gap between themselves and sixth-placed Lazio. Massimiliano Allegri's side may well fancy their chances given their record at the Stadio Olympico is impressive as you have to go back to 2001 for the last time the Granata emerged victorious. Meanwhile, for Torino, they'll be looking to bounce back from their derby defeat to Juventus last weekend and put further distance between themselves and the relegation zone. A win here would push them up into mid-table territory. Coming up the team news!
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