Jan 102015
 

The Sassuolo loss and returning players made for a much changed side. Three changes in defence plus Muntari getting a late start in place of Poli were perhaps predictable but M’Baye Niang getting a very rare start was surprising. The early lead came through a penalty, Menez beat Daniele Padelli in the Torino goal after his shirt was tugged in the area, the penalty was somewhat questionable. In the immediate minutes after goal Torino had two good chances to take the lead and a third chance came after Matteo Darmian caught Montolivo ball watching, ran behind him but could only head against the bar. Niang showed a flash or two of brilliance. The half was also chippy with stray legs and knees soliciting anger on the pitch, sideline and in the stands. As the game neared the end of the half de Sciglio was given for a second yellow for bringing down Darmian. One could argue the bigger offence was in how de Sciglio failed in covering the on rushing player. Abate came on for Niang at the very end of the half.

Carrying a yellow an unhappy Muntari was subbed out for Poli. Milan’s mobility and creativity was near an all time low, there were several instances when an opportunity to counter was wasted by lateral or back passes. Later in the second under constant Torino threat and in a bid to preserve the lead. Menez was withdrawn for Alex. The move was for nought though as Torino equalized moments later when Kamil Glik rose above everybody to head in the far corner. It was yet another set piece goal conceded. All in all an unacceptable performance, even with one man down. Without Diego Lopez it would have been much worse.

Torino Milan

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