Jan 092021
 

The absentees made for a long list but Ibra returned to the bench. Calhangolu was expected to be out with an ankle problem but made the bench too.
Early minutes possession was all Milan with Diaz and Hauge looking livelier than recent appearances.
The domination led to an opening goal by Leao. In the 25th minute Theo accelerated with the ball, passed to Diaz who in turn made a one touch pass to Leao running down the middle. Torino’s three man defense was breached.
Milan doubled the lead in the 36th minute. Diaz ran into the box on Torino’s left side, Andrea Belotti made some contact with the Spaniard. A Lengthy VAR review and pitch monitor review gave the penalty for Milan. Kessie cooly converted to make it 2-0.
In one of the few forays into Milan’s half Torino were awarded with a free kick for a Romagnoli foul. Former Milan player and free kick taker hit the cross bar with a very well hit ball.
Salvatore Sirigu made a very good save to deny Kessie in first half added time. Milan had made a quick counter.
Early in the second a penalty was given to Torino, a monitor check showed that there was no foul and indeed it was Tonali who had gotten kicked in the calf. The young Italian was replaced with Dalot which meant Calabria reprised his midfield role.
In a surprise move Calhanoglu came on for Diaz. The Spaniard had been playing well but may have withdrawn as a precaution.
Torino got a bit more into the game. In the final 10 minutes Leao was yellow carded for an apparent dive(?), it looked anything but. Leao will miss the Cagliari match for yellow accumulation. The Portuguese was then replaced with Ibra returning to action.
In current terms this was a relatively comfortable 2-0 win.

 Posted by on January 9, 2021

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