Andrea Belotti scored twice to condemn AC Milan to a third defeat of the season and pile the pressure on Marco Giampaolo.
Milan took an early lead through a penalty converted by Piatek. But hit the self destruct button conceding two goals in the space of four minutes to lose once again.
Tonight’s game was sen as the ideal antidote in recovering from a Milan derby defeat at the hands of high flying neighbours Inter.
If winning was the antidote, then defeat can only be considered the kiss of death.
Milan started the brighter of the two sides. They applied pressure, playing some neat football. Their efforts were rewarded in the 18th minute.
Torino’s Lorenzo De Silvestri gave a little push to Rafael Leao in the box, he went down and the referee awarded the penalty kick.
Up stepped Piatek, who made no mistake in burying the ball in the back of the net from the spot.
Milan continued in the same fashion and could have had more but for Torino keeper Ivatore Sirigu, who made two important saves.
Tipping Leao’s looping header over the bar and then getting his hands on Hakan Calhanoglu’s long-range effort.
Milan took their lead into the locker room at the break.
Torino 0 – 1 AC Milan.
The second half was a very different story though. The half time talk from Walter Mazzarri must have been something special.
Torino was a rejuvinated side, playing with a purpose. That purpose was to get back in the game.
While Milan came out the total opposite. Especially Gianluigi Donnarumma. His errors gifted opportunities to Belotti and Zaza of Torino.
fortunately enough for him, they were not up to the task of putting the ball in the back of the net just yet.
However, in the 72nd minute the entire game was turned on its head.
Belotti cut in from the left and unleashed a ferociously driven shot. All Donnarumma could do was get a glancing hand to the ball, but it wasn’t enough.
Torino 1 – 1 AC Milan.
In the 76th minute, Milan and Giampaolo’s misery was complete.
Again Belotti, this time with a spectacular self-assisted acrobatic goal.
That was it, come back complete and game over.
Final score: Torino 2 – 1 AC Milan.
While Milan tried a last-minute resurgence, it was too little too late. As Franck Kessie blasted the ball over the bar from six yards out and Piatek saw a header saved by Sirigu.
The defeat leaves Milan in 13th place in Serie A and bumps Torino up to 6th.
Paulo Maldini just gave Marco Giampaolo the dread vote of confidence. It remains to be seen how much patience Milan will have if things don’t get better soon.
— Torino Football Club (@TorinoFC_1906) September 26, 2019