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September 14, 2013
• Stadio Olimpico di Torino, Torino
Referee: D. Massa
• Attendance: 22780
D. D'Ambrosio 47'
A. Cerci 71'
S. Muntari 88'
M. Balotelli 90'+
What an extraordinary finish! I'm away to get my breath back and try to work out what I've actually just seen. Milan were dead and buried at 2-0 but they've escaped Turin with a point. That's it from me Harry Slavin. Thanks for joining me and until next time, goodbye!
FULL-TIME: TORINO 2-2 MILAN. Wow. What a finish! Milan looked all at see for that entire second half but somehow they rescue a point with two fortunate,fortunate goals. A real sickener for Ventura and his side, who in truth deserved all three-points this evening.
90' + 8'
Chaotic scenes now in Turin. Allegri is down the tunnel, Ventura is on the pitch along with the majority of the Torino officials. We haven't restarted and I don't think we will!
90' + 6'
Penalty GoalMario Balotelli
90' + 5'
90' + 4'
A long, long wait for this penalty as Torino make a sub. Balotelli will take it, he never misses...
90' + 3'
Penalty for Milan! Oh my word! Poli is upended by Pasquale and Balotelli has the chance to level from the spot! Torino are furious as they feel Poli was playing for it. In truth referee Massa had no option.
90' + 2'
Balotelli wins a free kick and Milan push everyone forward. It is now or never for Allegri's men.
A lifeline for the visitors! Can they find an unlikely leveler in stoppage time?
GOOOAAAALLL!!!! HE NEVER MISSES!!! Balotelli sends Pandelli the wrong way and rescues the Rossoneri at the death.
Yellow CardKamil Glik
GOOOAAAALLL!!! MUNTARI PULLS ONE BACK!!! Utter confusion at the Stadio Olimpico! Muntari's mishit rolls in past Pandelli, pursued by an offside Balotelli. The Torino players are expecting the flag for offside but it doesn't come and Muntari's goal stands. Pandelli and Glik are booked for their protests.
Yellow CardAndrea Poli
Frustration is etched all across the Milan game now. A soft free kick is given against substitute Poli and his outburst results in a booking.
For a side that had Champions League aspirations, let alone title aspirations, this is another body-blow. Milan are already giving their rivals an early advantage.
Milan are taking it upon themselves to deal out a few meaty challenges in response to going behind. Balotelli and de Jong both fly in on the opposition, the Dutch midfielder's tackle leaving Immobile, well, err.. immobile.
Both scorers are now off as Pasquale comes on to make his Torino debut in place of D'Ambrosio, who is afforded a fantastic reception from the home side.
Torino then, are now well and truly on course to break that 11 year old hoodoo of not beating Milan since 2001. It's thoroughly deserved as well.
Cerci is off, much to the Italian international's disgust. I'm not surprised. He was having a terrific game and was causing Milan all sorts of problems.
I don't think all this was in the script for Kaka's return. The hosts have been incredible this second half and Milan have rarely looked like troubling Pandelli.
Great save Pandelli!! Mario Balotelli bustles his way into the area before attempting to clip the ball over the advancing keeper, but Pandelli stays strong and stops the shot, before knocking the ball behind for a corner.
GOOAAALLLL!!!! CERCI DOUBLES TORINO'S LEAD!!! That could seal it! Cerci is played clean through and has bundles of time to compose himself before clipping the ball over Abbiati and sending the Stadio Olimpico into ecstasy once again!
El Kaddouri infuriates his team-mate Immobile by failing to play the ball early. When he does eventually play through the striker he is a mile offside.
Muntari gets a shot away but he's off-balance and he scoops his effort wide. Milan are improving though.
Matri does well to work some space down the right and when the ball eventually is played into the area, Glik and Balotelli are in an almighty tangle. Balotelli wants a penalty but the referee Massa is unmoved.
Yellow CardOmar El Kaddouri
Yellow for El Kaddouri as he goes in hard on Emanuelson from behind. A stonewaller of a yellow-card.
The corner poses no threat to Torino whatsoever though, as Pandelli comes out and catches it.
Better from Milan. A poor clearance is worked quickly forward and Balotelli sees his shot blocked behind for a corner after being laid off by Kaka.
Chance for Balotelli. And given how few and far between they've been this evening, it's a big one. The corner is cleared but only partially, and when it is put forward again by the Rossoneri, Matri flicks the ball round the corner for Balotelli. The striker has time to get his shot away from a tight angle, but he's leaning back and blazes over.
Balotelli find Poli on the edge of the area who's shot is blocked behind. Corner coming up for Milan.
Kaka stay on for now. It's Robinho that makes way for the former Juventus striker. Can he inject the directness needed to steer the visitors back into this game?
Allegri is looking to his bench and it looks as though Alessandro Matri is about to come on. Possibly for a tired looking Kaka.
Muntari is losing his cool a bit here and two tackles in quick succession are penalised. The second present Cerci with a shooting opportunity but he sends his low free kick into the side netting.
What a challenge by Emanuelson. Cerci is at full tilt as he screams into the area but Emanuelson slides in and whisks the ball away to safety. He needed to get that right there or Torino would have had a chance from the spot.
Massimiliano Allegri will be less than happy at that goal. D'Ambrosio was given to much time by Zaccardo to get his shot away and his run just wasn't picked up.
It could get worse for Milan as Cerci threatens to break clear. Zapata is across quickly though to make a well-timed tackle and avert the danger.
Torino start us off and immediately we pause again as Robinho commits a foul.
The teams are back out and Torino are about get the ball rolling again.
If this game does finish goalless, it won't even have been the first time this week that the Rossoneri have been held to a stalemate. The Milan Glorie side, made up of former Milan legends, were held 0-0 by a team of Newcastle United legends for Steve Haper's testimonial at St. James's Park. Milan eventually won on penalties but we'll have to rely on the 90 minutes to provide that sort of excitement tonight.
HALF-TIME: TORINO 0-0 MILAN. It hasn't quite been the fireworks we were hoping for as Kaka returns to Serie A. Arguably, Torino have had the better of it, but only marginally. The second half will be an improvement. It has to be.
45' + 1'
45' + 1'
Yellow CardCristian Zapata
Cristian Zapata is booked at the end of the half as he halts El Kaddouri's run by barging him to the ground. Andrea Poli is on for the injured Montolivo.
This doesn't look good for Milan. Montolivo pulls up as he drives into the Torino area. He is aleady handing the armband to Kaka before the club doctors can treat him. More injury concerns for Allegri.
Poor execution have robbed of meaningful first half opportunities. Emanuleson epitomizes this when his attempted pass too Balotelli just outside the 'd' is put too far ahead of the former Man City star. Sloppy.
Kaka muscles in on the action but in the more literal sense, bundling the defender Cesare Bovo to the ground to concede a free kick. Frustration seeping in a little bit here for the visitors.
Giampiero Ventura's side are certainly targeting Urby Emanuelson as the week link in this Milan side. They get Cerci on the ball once again, but once again he fails to get in the cross.
Cerci tries to be cute with a little chip over the top to play in Vives. Abbiati is out quickly though to claim the ball before Vives can take a touch.
Clumsy tackle from Robinho as he bundles into Matteo Brighi while challenging for the high ball. The Brazilian's eyes were fixed solely on his opponent! Silly challenge.
They can't. And as a result, Torino are afforded the opportunity to break again. El Kaddouri, who has been impressive in this opening period, finds Cerci with a long diagonal ball, but the Italian international's cross is blocked by de Jong. There is space. It's just not being used properly yet by either side.
the Torino keeper is hurried into a sliced clearance by Balotelli that gives Milan back possession deep in the Torino half. Can they make anything of this?
Another important interception from Mexes as Darmian tries to find Cerci in the area. It's definitely the home side on top at the moment.
Ciro Immobile drags a shot wide as we reach the half-hour mark. We've still yet to see Kaka sparkle back on Italian spoils. He's getting rather upstaged by a feisty Torino performance at the moment.
Torino do have a free kick now though as Urby Emanuelson handballs on the edge of the box as Darmian tries to cross. Cerci whips in the free kick low and Milan are forced to poke the ball behind for a corner.
A clumsy tackle from de Jong on Matteo Darmian has the home fans up in arms. The referee isn't even interested in giving a free kick though. Not sure that's the right call.
Torino look to break again from a Milan corner! This time Zapata is back in the nick of time to prevent Cerci's through-ball sending Immobile one on one with Abbiati.
Mexes sends a long ball too long as he tries to seek out Kaka and the ball rolls out for goal kick. A bit of a waste from the French defender there.
Milan currently have everybody behind the ball apart from Balotelli. Allegri has criticised his team's concentration in their opening two Serie A matches and it looks as though they've been working on their positioning.
Abbiati has to be quick off his line to stop Cerci's low centre reaching Immobile. The better movement is coming from Torino at the moment.
The Celtic manager Neil Lennon has actually scurried across from Scotland to be in Turin tonight after his side won earlier today. He won't be too worried about what he has seen so far in all honesty.
Allegri would have probably been looking to rest a few more key players tonight ahead of their Champions League opener against Celtic next week. As it is he has been forced to name strong side.
Milan suffered a shock defeat in their only away game so far this year at Hellas Verona. They've made a steady start hear though and concentration will be the key for Allegri's men.
Strong play from Balotelli on the left allows him to play the ball back in-filed for Muntari. The Senegalese man then lays off Riccardo Montolivo but his driven effort is straight at Daniele Padelli. One of the more comfortable saves the Torino keeper will make this evening you'd imagine.
El Kaddouri is looking lively! The Moroccan fizzes a shot in from the edge of the area that whizzes past the post. It had Abbiati sprawling.
Torino almost break from the corner! El Kaddouri, on loan from Napoli, breaks down the left and sends a deep ball for Ciro Immobile to get his head on. He tries nod the ball down into the path Cerci but the Milan defence are able to clear.
First shot from Kaka as he is released by De Jong but his effort takes a deflection and dribbles wide for a corner.
Milan, who are all in white this evening, set up with the intention of keeping a lot of possession here. Already Torino are sitting deep and not pressing on the Rossoneri back four.
We are up and running at the Stadio Olimpico di Torino!
The teams are out and referee Davide Massa is in position. We are ready to go!
Torino have had an identical start to the season as their opponents tonight, winning one and losing one of their opening two fixtures. Alessio Cerci will be the man Milan need to look out for.
Kaka comes in then to sit behind Mario Balotelli and Robinho in his first game back. Urby Emanuelson acts as the makeshift full-back.
MILAN: (4-3-1-2) Abbiati; Zaccardo, Zapata, Mexes, Emanuelson; Montolivo, De Jong, Muntari; Kakà; Robinho, Balotelli.
TORINO: (3-5-2) Padelli; Glick, Bovo, Moretti; Darmian, Brighi, Vives, El Kaddouri, D'Ambrosio; Cerci, Immobile.
We are only a few minutes from kick-off in Turin so here are the line ups. We'll start with the home side.
Not all is well for Allegri, however. The fanfare which accompanied their latest signing has done much to conceal the current injury woes. With only one fully fit full-back available due to injuries for Ignazio Abate, Mattia De Sciglio and Matias Silvestre, the news that Stephan El Shaarawy is now out of tonight's game and needs further tests has seen the Rossoneri's injury list on the verge of crisis point. Can Kaka help ease those woes tonight?
"He's a bit excited about his debut." Those were the words of Massmiliano Allegri earlier this week as he confirmed Kaka would start in Turin this evening, He's not the only one. Half of Milan are grinning at the prospect of seeing the summer recruit back in a red and black. I can't wait either. How about you?
Yup, it's been that long since the former Sao Paulo player was tormenting defences week in, week out across Serie A. Tonight the 31-year-old returns as Milan head to the Stadio Olimpico di Torino as they take on Torino. I'm Harry Slavin and I'll be here to take you through all the action.
4 years, 3 months and 7 days. 1560 days. Whichever way you put it, it sounds like a pretty long time. That is how long Milan have had endure the absence of their beloved Brazilian midfielder. Tonight though the fans can celebrate and watch as he slips back on the no.22 jersey. For the Rossoneri, Kaka has come home.
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