AC Milan escaped from an away trip to Torino with an undeserved 2-2 draw at the Olympic Stadium, denying the hosts their first win over Milan in 12 years.
Torino raced into a 2-0 lead in the second half through Danilo D’Ambrosio and Alessio Cerci, but Sulley Muntari controversially pulled a goal back in the 87th minute.
With the win within sight for Torino, Milan won a penalty in injury time and Mario Balotelli stepped up to coolly slot in an equaliser with the final kick of the game.
It was the home side who started well and should have forced Christian Abbiati into an early save after eight minutes. Omar El Kaddouri let fly from 25 yards, but got his shot all wrong and it ballooned well over the crossbar, when he should have at least hit the target.
Milan’s first half chances also consisted of long-range efforts as both sides played the game at a lax pace. Riccardo Montolivio and Christian Zapata both fired straight at Daniele Padelli from outside of the box as the visitors failed to up the pressure on their opponents.
The game burst into life in the 47th minute as Torino took a shock lead. Ceric picked out D’Ambrosio with a clever pass and the wing-back showed great intent when he come inside and fired past Abbiati from close range at the near post. It was a terrific goal and suddenly, Milan was forced into some attacking intent.
They could have pulled level within five minutes, but Balotelli wasted two good chances. Alessandro Matri’s clever flicked allowed the Italian striker to thrash at goal from ten yards with his left foot, but the ex-Manchester City man sent it well over from a good position. Just after, the sulky striker came inside onto his right foot but fired well over and should have done much better.
Muntari was becoming a growing force in the game and went very close to scoring in the 66th minute. The former Portsmouth midfielder played a nice one-two with Matri on the edge of the box, but flashed his shot inches wide with Padelli well beaten.
The miss spurred Torino on and they added a second goal five minutes later. Ciro Immobile’s clever pass played in Cerci who raced through and clipped over Abbiati from ten yards, before sprinting into the fans in wild celebration. It was party time inside the stadium, but the game was far from over.
Padelli was playing his part too in the Torino goal as he pulled off a miraculous save to deny Balotelli from close range. Matri’s good pass allowed Milan’s star man to fire at goal from six yards, but it was close enough to the Torino goalkeeper for him to claw away and keep their 2-0 lead in tact. Unfortunately for Padelli, it wouldn’t be a two-goal lead for long as Milan scored a controversial strike in the 87th minute.
Muntari’s deflected effort from the edge of the box spun past Padelli on its way into the net, but the controversy came from the positioning of Balotelli. The striker was offside when Muntrai hit the shot and chased the ball in, clearly entering an active position. The goal should have been disallowed but after a few minutes of confusion, the referee awarded the goal.
Tensions were high inside the stadium but it got worse when Andrea Poli went down under the clumsy tackle of Giovanni Pasquele and the referee rightly gave the penalty. After a few minutes of complaining, Balotelli kept his cool to save Milan from defeat and deny Torino a memorable win.
Match Report by Kyle Dixon (@kyledixon95)