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Key Events

A. Belotti
Penalty Miss
G. Donnarumma
Penalty Save
L. De Silvestri
Assist
D. Baselli
Goal
Luiz Adriano
C. Bacca
A. Poli
A. Bertolacci
A. Bertolacci
G. Bonaventura
D. Baselli
J. Obi
C. Bacca
Penalty Goal
J. Obi
Yellow Card
M. López
G. Vives
M. Niang
Assist
C. Bacca
Goal
C. Molinaro
Assist
A. Belotti
Goal
G. Paletta
Yellow Card
I. Abate
Assist
C. Bacca
Goal
L. Rossettini
Yellow Card
L. Boyé
A. Ljajić
J. Martínez
Yellow Card
3
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3
3

Stats

Possession
% %
2
10
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 5 4
Total Passes 348 318

Commentary

Full time at San Siro as Milan claim the three points on the opening day of the season in a 3-2 thriller versus Torino. The two heroes on the night were Carlos Bacca, who scored a hat-trick, and 17-year-old Gianluigi Donnarumma, who incredibly saved a penalty in the very last minute to deny the visitors a share of the points. One of the games of the season in Serie A, and we have only had one round of fixtures! Thanks for joining us, see you next time!
A. Belotti
Penalty Miss
Torino
BELOTTI MISSES HIS PENALTY!
G. Donnarumma
Penalty Save
Milan
DONNARUMMA SAVES THE PENALTY AND WINS THE GAME FOR MILAN!!! Belotti steps up but never looks particularly comfortable, which allows the Milan goalkeeper to make the save to his left! UNBELIEVABLE!
A yellow card and subsequent red for Paletta.
PENALTY TO TORINO! ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE SCENES! Paletta is penalised for shirt-pulling inside the box after Belotti goes down on the edge of the six-yard box. Can the visitors pull off a quite sensational comeback?!
L. De Silvestri
Assist
Torino
A simple assist from De Silvestri.
D. Baselli
Goal
Torino
GOOOOAAAAAALLLLLL FOR TORINO! THE GLIMMER OF HOPE INDEED COMES! Baselli dances his way through a few challenges inside the Milan box and eventually finds a yard of space to slide a lovely finish into the bottom left corner! Three-two! What a finish we have in store.
Four minutes of added time have been allocated by the referee which gives Torino an extremely small glimmer of hope if they can grab one right about now. Obviously a tremendously difficult task, but they'll give it a go.
Luiz Adriano
C. Bacca
Milan
Last change of the game from Montella and it will see Bacca leave the pitch to a standing ovation from the crowd to be replaced by Luiz Adriano. The Colombian has undoubtedly been the difference between Milan and Torino this evening, as proved by his outstanding hat-trick.
Mihajlovic really does not have good memories of Milan. Not only was he sacked as Rossoneri coach last season, but he is yet to taste victory against the Italian giants in the opposition dugout too.
Martinez and Belotto stand over a free-kick around 30 yards out for Torino, and it is the former who is eventually tasked with it. Disappointing from the winger, though, who sends his strike over the wall but with no dip, resulting in it flying into the stand behind the goal.
Just under 10 minutes or normal time remaining and Torino are struggling to mount any sustained pressure on the Milan goal, much to the relief of Montella on the bench. If they can claw one back soon, though, it will ensure a very nervy end to proceedings here at San Siro.
Donnarumma hasn't been called into action too many times this afternoon, so you can forgive the young Italian for looking a little shaky when dealing with a stinging strike from Belotti on the edge of the area. The Milan stopper eventually manages to claim possession at the second attempt, though.
A. Poli
A. Bertolacci
Milan
Unfortunately for the Rossoneri, Bertolacci's game is short-lived as he is withdrawn for Andrea Poli.
Milan are currently playing with 10 men as their medical staff assess the injury suffered by Bertolacci shortly after coming on. This has given Torino a kick up the backside as they are now flooding men forward to try and get at least one goal back before the latter stages of play. Milan sitting very deep.
Incredibly, Bertolacci may not be able to continue here after only being on the pitch for less than two minutes. The substitute pulled up rather sharply holding his hamstring after coming out second best in a sprint, and he is writhing in agony looking for some physio attention. Not exactly ideal for Montella, or the player in question!
A. Bertolacci
G. Bonaventura
Milan
First change of the match from Vincenzo Montella as he introduces Andrea Bertolacci in place of the impressive Bonaventura, who earned the penalty for Bacca's hat-trick goal. The man coming on just has a slightly more defensive mentality than his predecessor, so the Milan boss looking to tighten things up.
The game has just hit a bit of a lull which is actually playing right into the hands of Milan, who will be happy for the remainder of the game to get scruffy and stop/start. The impetus is with Torino here to take the game to the opposition, but they can't gain the ascendancy at the moment.
D. Baselli
J. Obi
Torino
Another throw of the dice from Torino here as they make their second substitution. Leaving the pitch is Joel Obi, who gave away the penalty with that clumsy foul on Bonaventura, and his replacement will be Daniele Baselli.
SAAAAAAAVEEE FROM PADELLI! Suso finds himself in a more central position this time and receives the ball to feet before lifting a neat ball over the top of the Torino defence for Bacca, who runs through to latch on to it. The Colombian goes one-on-one with the keeper, but it is the latter who comes out on top with a solid block!
Torino ALMOST claw one back in fortuitous circumstances as Belotti fires a strike on goal from 25 yards which takes a wicked deflection before looping ominously towards goal. Luckily for Milan, it goes just the wrong side of the post even with Donnarumma rooted to the spot. Close call.
C. Bacca
Penalty Goal
Milan
GOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLL FOR MILAN! Bacca earns his hat-trick with an emphatic penalty smashed into the roof of the net from the spot! Three-one, and the match ball goes to the Colombian striker.
J. Obi
Yellow Card
Torino
Obi sees yellow for that foul.
PENALTY TO MILAN! Bonaventura exhcanges a neat one-two with Abate down the right wing before driving into the area with pace. He nearly manages to pull the trigger, but not before Obi comes in with a clumsy challenge to concede the foul! A hat-trick opportunity for Bacca then.
M. López
G. Vives
Torino
First change of the match from Torino and it sees former Milan striker Maxi Lopez enter the action to replace Giuseppe Vives. Some tinkering of the positions required if the Argentine is going to slot in at centre-forward.
Torino have disappointed from set-pieces so far, with the towering figure of Donnarumma easily collecting many aerial crosses into the box from free-kicks and corners. A little more invention required from the visitors, much like they showed for their equalising goal, actually.
A cracking clash between Milan and Torino at the moment, with both sides looking likely to find the net again after showing some impressive stuff in the final third. Bacca, of course, is on for a hat-trick in the opening day of the Serie A season.
Well, we can finally take a little bit of a rest after that breathless opening to the second half. We certainly have a game on our hands now, but how frustrated will Mihajlovic be that his side couldn't hold on for more than two minutes after getting back on level terms so dramatically!
M. Niang
Assist
Milan
Good persistance from Niang before teeing up Bacca for Milan's second.
C. Bacca
Goal
Milan
GOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLL! GOOOAAAALLLLL FOR MILAN! The hosts strike back immediately! Niang pops up on the left channel this time and shakes off the attentions of the defender before sending a speculative ball into the area. A miscue from Moretti allows Bacca to take the touch before rifling a finish into the corner! Two-one! Incredible.
C. Molinaro
Assist
Torino
Molinaro makes up for his previous error with a cracking assist for his team-mate.
A. Belotti
Goal
Torino
GOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLL FOR TORINO! WHAT A START TO THE SECOND HALF! Molinaro collects the ball down the left wing and finds a yard of space before whipping a glorious cross into the box for Belotti, who glances a superb header flying into the far corner. The Rooster strikes again! One-one!
The second period is under way!
Half time at the Giuseppe Meazza. Milan go into the break with a narrow 1-0 lead over Torino thanks to a bullet header from Carlos Bacca following some poor defending from Molinaro for the visitors. It has been an entertaining encounter so far, but not a lot of room for error in the second period for the Rossoneri, who are aiming to claim a rare recent win on the opening day of the Seria A season.
Two minutes of added time have been allocated by the referee which sounds about right as we haven't had too many stoppages other than the goal and the injury to Ljajic.
G. Paletta
Yellow Card
Milan
Another yellow card now, with the guilty party on this occasion being Paletta for Milan. The defender needlessly hacks down Belotti from behind when the centre-forward was going nowhere fast.
Belotti receives the ball to feet on the edge of the box and turns away from the attentions of the defender before chipping a cross to the back post for Martinez, but there is just a little too much on it which sees possession drift out for a Milan goal-kick.
Five minutes to go and Mihajlovic will not be a particularly rosy person to be around at half-time as it was a horrendous mistake from Molinaro which gifted Milan the opening goal of this match. Torino have by no means played poorly, though, so they can take some heart from the fact they have posed a slight threat.
I. Abate
Assist
Milan
A glorious assist from Abate, who put a cross right on to the head of Bacca.
C. Bacca
Goal
Milan
GOOOOAAAALLLL!! GOOOAAALLLL FOR MILAN! THE HOSTS GET THE OPENER! A terrible misjudgement from Molinaro at the back allows Abata to hit the byline before reversing a perfect cross into the box for Bacca, who nearly bursts the net with a commanding diving header! One-nil, but Torino have shot themselves in the foot.
Kucka gets into a more advanced position this time and drifts into space down the left wing before flashing a low cross dangerously into the Torino box. There are no takers for Milan, though, which allows Moretti to stick out a leg and clear out of the area.
L. Rossettini
Yellow Card
Torino
Rossettini goes into the book for Torino.
Milan just taking a little more control of proceedings now, with Kucka and Montolivo beginning to assert their dominance in the more central areas. Bacca still, naturally, looking the most likely source of the opening goal for Montella's charges.
Fabulous defending from Rossettini! Bacca makes an intelligent run in behind the opposition defence and looks poised to go one-on-one with the goalkeeper, but before he can pull the trigger the Torino man comes in with a superb recovery tackle to make the block! Still 0-0.
Fifteen minutes remaining in the first half at San Siro and neither side is looking more likely than the other at claiming this elusive opening goal. Torino are just taking a couple of minutes to recover from the loss of Ljajic, though, as he was their key creator in the final third up until his withdrawal.
L. Boyé
A. Ljajić
Torino
Unfortunately for Torino, Ljajic has failed to recover from that injury sustained at the hands of Romagnoli, and is forced off the pitch to be replaced by 20-year-old attacker, Lucas Boye.
J. Martínez
Yellow Card
Torino
The first booking of the match now and it comes from Martinez after an incredibly late challenge on Niang just a yard inside the Torino half.
The Rossoneri are taking the game to Torino here and it is the increasingly more prominent Suso who is looking a danger. The Spaniard, on this occasion, makes his way into a more central area from the right wing before letting rip with a low strike on goal, but it is Moretti who makes the block before clearing out of the way of Niang.
A small break in play at the moment and some worrying scenes for Torino as Ljajic is just receiving some physio attention after that tackle from Romagnoli which was previously mentioned. The Serbian came out second best in the altercation even though it was a hard but fair challenge from the Milan defender.
Milan counter-attack at pace and it is Suso who leads the charge after a crunching tackle by Romagnoli to win possession for the hosts. The former Liverpool attacking midfielder takes the game to Torino with a powerful run, but nothing eventually comes of the move after a desperately poor shot on goal which goes high and wide into the stand. Awful strike, really.
Milan take the short corner and it is eventually Montolivo who picks up possession around 30 yards out before clipping a wicked cross into the centre of the Torino box. Kucka receives the ball to feet before attempting to swivel and get the shot away while stretching, but Padelli bravely dives off his line to pounce and stop the shot.
Ljajic has looked bright for Torino so far and this time drifts down the left channel before cutting on to his stronger foot. The former Roma man dances his way into the penalty area before getting the shot away, but it is disappointingly dragged wide of the left-hand post, while Donnarumma had it covered anyway.
NIAAAANG!! HOW CLOSE WAS THAT?! Bacca gets in behind the Torino defence after a clever run and picks up the ball before turning to face goal. He then puts the ball on a plate for his strike partner, but the resulting half-volley from the Frenchman is slammed into the side-netting the wrong side of the post! It should be 1-0 Milan!
Ljajic collects possession on the edge of the box and finds a yard of space before sliding a lovely pass into the channel for De Silvestri, but the retreating Bonaventura is on hand to make the vital block on the subsequent attempted cross.
We get our first meaningful strike on goal now and it comes from Niang, who skips past a couple of challenges down the left wing before cutting inside on his right foot. He pulls the trigger with a cracking shot aimed towards the left corner, but Padelli does much better this time and makes the comfortable save.
Padelli in between the sticks for Torino hasn't exactly inspired confidence when dealing with crosses so far, as not only did he flap at that free-kick from Bonaventura a few minutes ago, but this time takes two attempts to collect a relatively routine aerial corner-kick out of the air. Something for Milan to exploit.
Abate typically gets forward down the right wing and hits the byline before teasing a lovely cross into the box, with Niang his target. Before the Frenchman can get the header away, though, Moretti somehow manages to clear over the bar with an outstanding defensive header! Great work there from the Torino man.
Milan's demise in recent years can certainly be summed up by the amount of empty seats which pepper the stands of San Siro here today. It should be a highly-anticipated first game of the season, full of promise, but it appears the Rossoneri faithful aren't ready to come back in their droves as of yet.
A high-tempo start to this Serie A opener, and the play has been relatively fairly balanced since the first whistle. Milan earn an early set-piece opportunity down near the corner flag which Bonaventura is tasked with, but Padelli does well to come off his line to clear with a punch.
We are under way at the Giuseppe Meazza!
The teams have made their way to the pitch and we are almost ready for kick-off!
There is certainly no love lost in the dugouts this evening as Torino's new boss is Sinisa Mihajlovic, who was spectacularly binned by Milan as little ago as last season as head coach.
Torino subs: Gomis, Ichazo, Zappacosta, Barreca, Castan, Bovo, Aramu, Baselli, Benassi, Tachtsidis, Maxi Lopez, Boye.
Milan subs: Gabriel, Lopez, Ely, Gomez, Calabria, Vangioni, De Sciglio, Bertolacci, Locatelli, Honda, Poli, Adriano
Torino (4-3-3): Padelli; De Silvestri, Rossettini, Moretti, Molinaro; Acquah, Vives, Obi; Martinez, Belotti, Ljajic
Milan (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Abate, Paletta, Romagnoli, Antonelli; Kucka, Montolivo, Bonaventura; Niang, Bacca, Suso.
TEAM NEWS...
The last encounter between Milan and Torino took place in February of this year, with a league game at Giuseppe Meazza once again the setting. On that occasion, the Rossoneri ran out narrow 1-0 winners thanks to a goal from Luca Antonelli in the first half, which actually continued an impressive unbeaten run of 11 matches. The seven-time Champions League winners have a brilliant recent record against their opponents this afternoon, having not lost since all the way back in 2001.
Torino, on the other hand, have an outstanding record in maiden fixtures of the season and are unbeaten in seven years. They have won three and drew four out of their last 7 games on matchday one, having only conceded just the solitary goal in their last five.
In recent seasons, however, Milan have not made the best starts to the season in opening fixtures of Serie A. They have won just one of their last five openers, while losing three and drawing the others, so there will be more pressure on the heads of the players tonight to ensure all three points are gained.
Another season, another head coach for Milan aiming to bring the Rossoneri back to the big time. This campaign sees former Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella tasked with ensuring a positive display in Italy's top-flight, and with significant investment likely to come from a Chinese consortium soon, maybe this is indeed Milan's time to get back to prominence.
Good evening football fans! Welcome to LIVE coverage of the Serie A clash between Milan and Torino from the Giuseppe Meazza.
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