Milan managed to secure all three points despite a nail-bitting finish.
Carlos Bacca scored a hat-trick for the Rossoneri who nearly blew a two goal lead late to Siniša Mihajlović’s Torino.
Gianluigi Donnarumma (7.5): Gigio did not receive much pressure until the very end. A few defensive lapses made Donnarumma’s job much harder than it needed to be. The 17-year old saved Andrea Belotti’s penalty attempt, and three points for the Rossoneri. A splendid day in goal for the teenage sensation.
Ignazio Abate (7.0): The Italian defender was on his game. Pushing forward, working hard but also not lacking on his defensive duties. Delivered in a few quality crosses and one that Bacca headed home to open the scoring. Abate submits a quality season opening performance.
Gabriel Paletta (6.5): The ex-Atalanta man distributed well from the back but late, looked out of gas. A red card late, albeit controversial, was the last thing the club needed. Torino were able to exploit space in the final third and make this a nail-bitter.
Alessio Romagnoli (7.5): Romagnoli, like Paletta, played well for the majority of the match but looked shaky in the back towards the very end. Luckily for Milan, three points were secured but next week’s opponent (Napoli) will look to exploit this defense who still has work to do as a whole.
Luca Antonelli (6.5): Antonelli turned in a quiet game on the left. Nothing flashy or out of the ordinary. Going forward, he played well, but defensively, he was beaten a few times.
Juraj Kucka (7.0): Kucka was exceptional today in the midfield. Worked very hard and trekked back deep to support the defense. Dispossessed Torino many times in the final third and made things uncomfortable for the likes of Acquah and Obi.
Riccardo Montolivo (6.0): Yet another shaky performance for the Milan captain. Some good work on the back end, but surrendered possession far too much. Fortunately, the Rossoneri were able to erase some of his errors, but this is an ongoing concern as the season progresses.
Giacomo Bonaventura (7.0): Jack played a quality 73 minutes in Montella’s three-man midfield. Did a good job to hold possession when pressure was mounting. Attacking-wise, he was creative in supplying Bacca and Niang.
M’Baye Niang (8.0): Behind Bacca, Niang was Milan’s best player on the pitch. Worked very hard, earned several corners and his passing to link play was splendid. The Frenchman launched a deep ball to Abate who supplied the assist on Bacca’s opener. Niang placed a jewel onto Bacca’s foot for the second. A great day for the former Genoa loanee.
Carlos Bacca- MOTM (9.0): Amid exit rumors, the Colombian shined brightest in front of the Rossoneri crowd. Opening the scoring for Milan with a header before the break, made easy work of Niang’s ball for the second and thundered home the penalty to complete the “tripletta.” He also should have had an assist, but it was a Man of the Match performance for Milan’s star striker.
Suso (6.0): We saw glimpses of what Suso could provide, but the end product lacked particularly towards the end. Montella will be pleased but the Spaniard still has much to prove.
Andrea Bertolacci (n/a): Bertolacci came on for Bonaventura, but after taking a knock from Lucas Boye, he was replaced by Poli.
Andrea Poli (5.5): Poli played nearly 10 minutes, but did little to make his mark on the match, which nearly ended in a draw.
Luiz Adriano (n/a): The player was not on the field long enough to make a proper assessment of his performance.