AC Milan and Torino battled it out in the city of Turin. Torino fielded a 3-5-2 with Ciro Immobile and Alessio Cerci up top. In the build-up to the match, this seemed like a possible sleeper for the best game of the weekend. For both sets of fans, this proved to be EXTREMELY false.
Torino’s quick counter attacks, usually utilizing Cerci and Immobile struck Milan right where it hurt: the back line. Cerci blazed down the wing over and over, usually only to be halted by the only midfielder who could stop him, Nigel De Jong. Abbiati wasn’t too busy in the game, which ended 2-2. Ricardo Kaka’ played quite well, showing his old passing brilliance every once and a while. The first half was back and forth, but pretty boring and almost at walking pace. Then the second half started, and everything changed.
Torino opens the scoring with D’Ambrosio, who cuts in and blasts it from about 6 yards, Abbiati had no chance. Zaccardo was at fault for the goal, as he simply stepped back and allowed D’Ambrosio the easy goal. Then Immobile puts Alessio Cerci through on goal, both of whom played quite well, and Milan’s defense was split wide open once more. Cerci runs in to Abbiati, who came out low, and Cerci cheekily pops it right over the Milan GK. 2-0.
Balotelli misses a couple of decent chances, including a 1v1 where he shoots it right at Padelli, he seemed to continue his bad form he got with the National Team. Muntari gets the ball at the top of the box due to Padelli’s bad jumping punch of the ball. He shot it and it somehow found its way in bottom left corner. Torino wanted the referee to take away the goal, but it stood and Milan had what seemed to be a consolation goal. Then Andrea Poli bad the ball on the right wing, running it up, dribbling, cuts in near the endline, and pushes the ball away from him. Torino clips Poli in the PK box in the 93rd minute. Penalty to AC Milan.
In a strange sequence of events, Torino made a sub even though the whistle would be blown after the PK was taken. Of course, Mario Balotelli steps up, less than a week after converting a very important penalty vs Petr Cech with the National Team. He does his trademark hesitant PK, sending Padelli the wrong way, and slotting it in the bottom left corner. He does not miss penalties. 2-2.
Andrea Poli and Riccardo Montolivo have been added to the ever-growing injury list. Abate and De Sciglio were DEARLY missed, and De Jong was the final threads holding the team together. Cerci impressed and Immobile had a good game.
Milan didn’t truly deserve this point, Torino dominated all game, but Milan climbed its way back. This was a bad result; Milan wanted to win against Torino. Torino is likely very disappointed that they blew a 2-0 lead, especially to a team, which didn’t deserve any goals. As A Milan fan, I am happy that Milan came back, but the struggle it took worries me.
FOTM (Flop Of The Match): Mario Balotelli
MOTM (Man Of The Match): Alessio Cerci