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May 24, 2015
• Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
Referee: P. Valeri
• Attendance: 33818
S. El Shaarawy 18', 65'
G. Pazzini 57'
My name is Ben Cullimore and it's been an absolute pleasure describing all of the action to you today. Until next time, goodbye!
The victory keeps Milan in the top half of the table in 10th place, now just two points behind Torino heading into their final clash of the campaign against Atalanta. The visitors, meanwhile, are at home to already-relegated Cesena in their last game of the season.
In the end, it was a comfortable victory for Milan, who looked better in the second half than they have for most of the season. El Shaarawy was particularly excellent, whilst Pazzini also looked up for the fight, and Torino found it increasingly difficult to deal with the destructive duo. After the latter's penalty the visitors all but gave up, allowing the hosts to calmly jog to victory in their final home game of what has been a truly awful season.
FULL-TIME: MILAN 3-0 TORINO
90' + 3'
Amauri steps up and fires a low shot from the free kick, but it's poorly hit and fails to beat the wall of Milan players camped in front of him.
90' + 2'
Torino patiently pass the ball around just outside of the Milan penalty area before Peres is fouled 20 yards out, resulting in a free kick for the visitoes and one last chance on goal.
90' + 1'
Milan push forward on one last attack, with Pazzini and Honda linking up well before the latter tries to find Zapata, but the Japanese forward's attempted cross is cut out by Glik on the edge of the box.
The fourth official has indicated that there will be two minutes of added time.
Honda takes his time with the free kick before chipping it towards the near post, but it's slightly underhit and can only find a white shirt.
Mastalli, who has looked bright since coming on the pitch, sprints down the right flank and forces Darmian into bringing him down from behind, resulting in a free kick for Milan near the corner flag.
Excellent stop by Abbiati! A great pass from Basha splits the Milan defence in two before finding El Kaddouri, who immediately unleashes a low shot that the veteran goalkeeper parries away with a strong diving save.
Basha charges forward before teeing up Peres on the right flank, but the Brazilian is unable to find a way through the sea of Milan players in front of him and is forced to play the ball back towards the halfway line.
Torino are unable to clear the ball from their own half of the pitch before De Jong is clumsily tripped over from behind by Amauri, resulting in a free kick for Milan midway inside the the visitors' half of the pitch.
The visitors finally win the ball back and push forward on a tentative attack down the right wing, with Peres then sending a cross towards the edge of the penalty area. It can only find Mastalli, however, and the youngster comfortably clears the danger.
Torino look completely resigned to their fate, and Milan are comfortably passing the ball around in the middle of the pitch.
Yellow Card Marco van Ginkel
El Kaddouri sprints down the right wing before cutting inside and being tripped over by Van Ginkel, who receives a yellow card as a result.
Mastalli is immediately involved in the action, as he quickly regains possession for Milan before firing a curling strike from the right-hand side of the penalty area that deflects just wide of the near post.
Milan have made their final substitution of the evening, with Poli making way for debutant Mastalli.
The resulting set-piece is flung into the heart of the penalty area by Honda but Padelli is just about able to punch the ball away from danger before it can find the head of Mexes.
Moretti cynically pushes Honda to the ground, resulting in a yellow card for Milan on the right flank.
Torino are finally able to regain possession after a lengthy spell of Milan dominance, but they look completely drained and are unable to cause the hosts' back four any problems.
Martinez makes way for 19-year-old Rosso, who comes on to make his Serie A debut.
It's all Milan at the moment, who are finding it incredibly easy to pass the ball around in the Torino half of the pitch. The visitors seem to have given up and are allowing the hosts to run rings around them.
Stephan El Shaarawy
And now Milan have made a change, with El Shaarawy making way for Zapata, who comes on to make his first appearance since January.
De Jong is easily able to sprint through the centre of the Torino midfield before unleashing an excellent 20-yard strike that is deflected just over the top of the crossbar and out for a corner.
Torino have decided to make their second substitution of the game, with Basha coming on to take the place of Gazzi.
Assist Marco van Ginkel
Goal Stephan El Shaarawy
GOAL! Sublime football from Milan! The hosts patiently pass the ball around before El Shaarawy plays a lovely one-two with Van Ginkel, who tees up the Italian with a beautiful through-ball that the Italian then slots past Padelli and into the back of the net to make it 3-0. Even with 25 minutes left to play, the hosts are surely certain to pick up all three points.
Van Ginkel cuts inside from the left wing before cutting the ball over to Pazzini, but this time the striker's shot is poorly hit and flies well wide of its intended target.
Honda twists and turns on the edge of the penalty area before teeing up Poli, who then sends an excellent cross towards the back post that misses Pazzini and is cleared by Peres before it can find El Shaarawy.
A Torino attack breaks down and Pazzini charges forward before teeing up Honda, who holds up the ball before trying to send a through-ball into the path of El Shaarawy, but it's slightly underhit and can only find a white shirt.
Yellow Card Giampaolo Pazzini
Pazzini receives a yellow card for his rather enthusiastic celebration, but he won't mind in the slightest.
Penalty Goal Giampaolo Pazzini
Pazzini steps up and calmly fires the ball past Padelli to make it 2-0 in what is his last ever home game as a Milan player. It's also the striker's 100th Serie A goal, and what a way to mark the occasion!
Red Card Cristian Molinaro
RED CARD! Now it's Torino who are down to 10 men! Van Ginkel plays a lovely one-two with Pazzini before being bundled over by Molinaro, resulting in the wing-back being sent off and Milan winning themselves a penalty.
Torino have made their first change of the evening, with Vives making way for Benassi.
Honda embarks on a brilliant run down the right flank before cutting inside and sending a deflected cross towards Pazzini, who meets the pass with his head but is unable to beat Padelli with his tame effort from midway inside the penalty area.
Darmian charges into the Milan half of the pitch before sending a great through-ball to Amauri, but Mexes is there to out-muscle the striker before playing the ball out of play for a corner.
Yellow Card Emiliano Moretti
Honda skips past Moretti with ease before being chopped to the ground by the defender, who receives a yellow card as a result.
The resulting corner is curled into the heart of the penalty area by El Shaarawy but is sent too near to Padelli, who is easily able to cut out the danger.
Milan win themselves a free kick on the left flank after good play by Van Ginkel. Honda sends an excellent delivery towards the edge of the six-yard box from the resulting set-piece but it's thumped out for a corner by Darmian.
Torino do well to push forward down the right flank before earning themselves a corner. It's flung into the heart of the penalty area but Mexes does well to clear the danger with a strong header.
Milan have made a substitution during the half-time break, with Mexes coming on to take the place of Alex.
And we're underway once again!
The two teams are making their way back out onto the pitch ahead of the start of the second half.
It's been a thoroughly entertaining first half that ended in spectacular style. Despite Milan starting the better of the two sides, resulting in El Shaarawy's 18th-minute goal, Torino slowly grew into the game, and by the end they were on the front foot, with the hosts suddenly finding themselves under plenty of pressure. Zaccardo's late red card will no doubt cause the Rossoneri even more problems, and Torino are guaranteed to come out all guns blazing after the half-time break.
HALF-TIME: MILAN 1-0 TORINO
Yellow Card Andrea Poli
The fourth official has indicated that there will be one minute of added time.
After plenty of pushing and shoving, El Kaddouri eventually steps up and fires a shot from the resulting free kick on the edge of the penalty area, but it's poorly hit and flies straight into the Milan wall.
Red Card Cristian Zaccardo
RED CARD! Zaccardo has been sent off! Amauri flicks the ball into the path of Molinaro, who then skips past the aforementioned defender before being cynically tripped over. The wing-back was one on one with Abbiati, so the referee has no choice but to give the Milan right-back his marching orders.
Honda steps up and fires a low shot that flies past the Torino wall but straight into the safe hands of Padelli.
Yellow Card Alessandro Gazzi
Bocchetti is bundled over by a tough challenge from Gazzi, resulting in a yellow card for the midfielder and a free kick for Milan in an extremely dangerous position 25 yards away from goal.
Great chance for El Shaarawy! A poor pass from Glik can only find the winger, who immediately plays a quick one-two with Pazzini before toe-poking a shot just past the near post.
Torino are enjoying a lengthy spell of possession at the moment, and it's now Milan who find themselves on the back foot after dominating for the majority of the first half.
Milan break away quickly, with Honka eyeing up a shot from 25 yards out, but just as he's about to pull the trigger he's dispossessed by a wonderful sliding tackle from Moretti.
Great play by Torino! Peres sends the ball in from the right flank, and Amauri immediately flicks it into the path of Martinez. The Venezuelan charges into the penalty area before firing a low shot that beats Abbiati before flying just past the far post, but the linesman's flag is eventually raised for offside.
Peres sprints down the right flank once again before cutting inside and trying to beat Bocchetti, but the defender stands firm and dispossesses the Brazilian with a strong tackle on the edge of the penalty area.
A dangerous cross from Peres is only half dealt with by Abbiati, resulting in the ball falling at the feet of Gazzi, but the midfielder's 25-yard strike is completely mishit and flies well over the top of the Milan goal.
Honda and Molinaro battle for the ball on the right flank before the Torino wing-back goes down after seemingly being struck in the face by the flailing arm of the Japanese forward. The referee stops play but decides not to show a second yellow card to the Milan man.
El Kaddouri is clumsily tripped over by Poli, resulting in a free kick for Torino midway inside the Milan half of the pitch. It's flung towards Moretti but completely misses the defender before bouncing out of play for a goal kick.
Torino are all over the place at the back. They're unable to clear the danger fully, allowing Milan to keep pressure firmly exerted on them. The hosts quickly work the ball over to Bocchetti, who then unleashes an audacious low shot from 30 yards out that ends up flying a few yards wide of the far post.
A Milan attack breaks down, resulting in Torino breaking away quickly, but Amauri and Martinez are involved in a mix-up on the halfway line, allowing Alex to regain possession for the hosts.
Assist Cristian Zaccardo
Goal Stephan El Shaarawy
GOAL! Milan have taken the lead! Maccardo charges down the right flank before curling a great cross right onto the foot of El Shaarawy, who brings the ball down wonderfully before spinning and firing a strike past the outstretched arms of Padelli.
Peres picks up the ball on the right wing and immediately sends a deep cross towards the back post that almost finds Amauri, but Abbiati does well to rush out and collect the ball before it is able to do so.
Molinaro twists and turns on the left flank before beating both Honda and Poli with ease, but just as he's about to shoot De Jong is there once again to cut out the danger on the edge of the Milan penalty area.
Torino play the resulting set-piece out to Vives, who is completely unmarked 35 yards away from goal, but his ambitious volleyed effort ends up sailing well over the top of the crossbar.
Excellent tackle by De Jong! Peres sprints down the right flank before sending a brilliant low cross to El Kaddouri, who is waiting patiently on the edge of the penalty area, but the Moroccan's first-time shot is deflected out of play by the outstretched foot of the aforementioned Dutchman.
Yellow Card Keisuke Honda
Honda cynically pulls the shirt of Vives, and he's awarded the first yellow card of the game as a result.
Once again, Milan patiently pass their way around the Torino half of the pitch, but they're finding it increasingly difficult to find a way past the visitors, who seem content to sit back and hit the hosts on the break whenever possible.
A series of lovely passes from Milan ends with El Shaarawy just outside of the Torino penalty area, and he quickly chips the ball over the top of the visitors' defence and into the path of Poli, but the midfielder's run is slightly mistimed and the linesman's flag is immediately raised.
Zaccardo and Honda play a quick one-two on the right flank before the defender tries to send a looping volley into the heart of the Torino penalty area, but it's poorly hit and can only find Padelli.
El Kaddouri charges through the centre of the Milan midfield, easily outrunning Honda before sending a long through-ball into the path of Martinez. It's slightly overhit, however, and is stopped well by Abbiati.
It's all Milan at the moment as they quickly work the ball around in the middle of the pitch, patiently searching for a way through the sea of white shirts camped in front of them.
And we're off! Milan get us underway, attacking from left to right.
The two sides are making their way out onto the pitch, with just a few minutes to go until kick-off.
Meanwhile, Torino boss Giampiero Ventura has made four alterations to the side that won 2-0 at home to Chievo, with Nikola Maksimovic, Pontus Jansson, Gaston Silva and Maxi Lopez making way for Kamil Glik, Bruno Peres, Cristian Molinaro and Amauri.
Filippo Inzaghi has decided to make five changes to the Milan side that started last weekend’s 3-2 defeat away to Sassuolo, with Christian Abbiati, Cristian Zaccardo, Salvatore Bocchetti, Giampaolo Pazzini and Stephan El Shaarawy all coming into the squad to replace Diego Lopez, Ignazio Abate, Daniele Bonera, Mattia Destro and Giacomo Bonaventura, respectively.
Torino substitutes: Benassi, Rosso, Silva, Basha, Zaccagno, Morra, Ichazo, Jansson, Gonzalez.
Torino XI (3-5-2): Padelli; Darmian, Glik, Moretti; Peres, Vives, Gazzi, El Kaddouri, Molinaro; Amauri, Martinez.
Milan substitutes: Destro, Mastour, Piccinocchi, Di Molfetta, Lopez, Cerci, Mexes, Felicioli, Donnarumma, Zapata, Mastalli.
Milan XI (4-3-3): Abbiati; Zaccardo, Alex, Paletta, Bocchetti; Poli, De Jong, Van Ginkel; Honda, Pazzini, El Shaarawy.
As for Torino, they currently sit five points clear of Milan in ninth place and are on course for a second consecutive top-half finish, whilst the possibility of qualifying for the Europa League is still alive thanks to UEFA’s refusal to grant Genoa with a licence. As a result, seventh place could open up as a qualification spot, and a win today will move Giampiero Ventura’s side just one point behind Sampdoria, who currently occupy that spot, heading into the final game of the season next weekend.
It’s been a woeful season for Milan, one that they will want to forget quickly and end on a high with six points from their final two games of the campaign. They currently sit in 10th place, equal on points with both Palermo and Sassuolo but dangerously close to dropping out of the top half of the table if they fail to finish the season with victories. With just one win from their last seven league clashes, that looks as if it could be a real possibility, and it would result in them finishing in the bottom half for the first time since 1997.
Good evening and welcome to our live text commentary of today’s Serie A clash between Milan and Torino. My name is Ben Cullimore and I will be keeping you up to date with all of the action from San Siro.
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