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2 vs 2
Played
September 14, 2013 7:45 PM BST
Stadio Olimpico di Torino — Torino
Referee:‬ D. Massa‎
Attendance:‬ 22780‎
 
Top of the Match
Alessio Cerci
Alessio Cerci
Torino
Kaká
Kaká
AC Milan
Flop of the Match
Robinho
Robinho
AC Milan
Robinho
Robinho
AC Milan

Torino 2-2 AC Milan: Late Balotelli penalty saves point for Rossoneri

The Italy international's 97th minute equaliser completed a late comeback for the visitors who found themselves two goals down with just three minutes remaining in Turin

Riccardo Montolivo, Ricardo Kakà - Torino-Milan - Serie A - 14/09/2013
AFP
Mario Balotelli struck a 97th minute penalty to earn AC Milan a 2-2 draw away to Torino on Saturday.

Second-half goals from Torino duo Danilo D'Ambrosio and Alessio Cerci took advantage of some inept defensive play before Sulley Muntari pulled one back for the visitors with two minutes remaining.

Balotelli then kept his cool to convert an injury-time penalty and grab Milan an undeserved point.

Milan's form this season has been indifferent after their opening-day loss to Hellas Verona, and Celtic - their next opponents - will be hopeful of a postive result when the two sides face each other next week in the UEFA Champions League.

The visitors, though, were buoyed by the return of Brazilian Kaka, making his second debut for the club after moving from Real Madrid on deadline day.

Massimiliano Allegri's side's injury crisis became alarmingly apparent after 20 minutes. Torino burst into the visitors' final third on two occasions with the Milan back four all at sea, but were not able to capitalise.

Cerci fired in a low free kick on 28 minutes wide on the right that had the Milan defence again scrambling to clear their lines.

A pacy Torino first-half showing threatened to upstage Kaka's return before Milan finally got a foothold in the game and went close through defender Cristian Zapata three minutes before half-time.

Balotelli was fouled by Emiliano Moretti, but the resulting free kick was headed wide by the Colombian.

Allegri's injury woes increased when Riccardo Montolivo pulled up on the stroke of half-time and was replaced by Andrea Poli.

The second period quickly saw Milan fall one goal behind after they allowed D'Ambrosio far too much space inside the penalty area - the 25-year-old was able to turn onto his right foot and lash home a curling shot past Christian Abbiati in the Milan goal.

With 20 minutes to go, Allegri took Kaka off and replaced him with Valter Birsa, but things then went bad to worse for Milan. The ever-impressive Cerci sprinted into the box after Milan's defence were again caught cold by Torino's speedy attacks.

Cerci found himself in acres of space and calmly lifted the ball over Abbiati to all but seal the match for his side.

Muntari scored a bizarre late goal to get Milan back into the match with two minutes of normal time to go as he slipped when shooting and the ball trickled into the net.

Poli was then upended by Giovanni Pasquale inside the area in stoppage time to gift Milan a chance to level from the penalty spot.

Torino were furious as they felt Poli was playing for it, but it mattered little as Balotelli sent the goalkeeper the wrong way with the last kick of the game to earn Milan a point and make it four goals in his last four games for club and country for the striker.


Torino

30
Daniele Padelli
Goalkeeper
4.00
-
4.00
5
Cesare Bovo
Defender
3.50
24
3.50
25
Kamil Glik
Defender
88′
3.00
36
Matteo Darmian
Defender
3.00
7
Omar El Kaddouri
Midfielder
64′
2.50
11
Alessio Cerci
Striker
47′ 71′ 76′
4.50
20
Giuseppe Vives
Midfielder
3.50
-
Matteo Brighi
Midfielder
3.00
9
Ciro Immobile
Striker
71′
3.50

AC Milan

3.00
32
2.50
5
2.00
17
2.50
81
3.50
4
Sulley Muntari
Midfielder
88′
2.00
18
2.50
28
3.50
34
Nigel De Jong
Midfielder
1.50
7
Robinho
Striker
58′
2.50
22
Kaká
Midfielder
70′
3.00
45

Substitutes

23
Lys Gomis
Goalkeeper
 - 
32
Tommaso Berni
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
 - 
19
 - 
26
2.00
-
 - 
4
Migjen Basha
Midfielder
 - 
8
 - 
-
Nicola Bellomo
Midfielder
 - 
16
 - 
69
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
1
Marco Amelia
Goalkeeper
 - 
35
 - 
21
Kevin Constant
Midfielder
 - 
-
2.50
14
Valter Birsa
Midfielder
70′
3.50
16
Andrea Poli
Midfielder
46′ 87′
 - 
-
 - 
24
3.00
32

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

 
  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Ciro Immobile Ciro Immobile
Striker
Torino
19 0
Carlos Tévez Carlos Tévez
Striker
Juventus
18 1
Gonzalo Higuaín Gonzalo Higuaín
Striker
Napoli
17 5
Luca Toni Luca Toni
Striker
Hellas Verona
17 2
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
Striker
Inter
15 0