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- Milan hosted Torino at the iconic San Siro, as Stefano Pioli’s men were looking for a second straight victory
- The Rossoneri raced onto a half-time lead as Pulisic Giroud and Theo Hernandez all got their names on the scoresheet
- Oliver Giroud converted his second penalty of the game to take the game out of Torino’s hands in the second half and give Milan a 4-1 win
AC Milan player ratings: Giroud gets double
Mike Maignan /10: Didn’t have much to do, but commanded his box well when called upon to do so.
Davide Calabria /10: Made some overlapping runs but the Rossoneri captain largely played within himself, but did his defensive duties diligently.
Malick Thiaw /10: Defended aggressively, dealt with potential threats in the box and defended the area behind the high line expertly with his pace.
Fikayo Tomori /10: Comfortable on the ball, played some incisive passes to bypass Torino’s lines and was dominant defensively.
Theo Hernandez /10: Exceptional down the left hand side as he got up and down tirelessly, got his goal with a cheeky chip.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek /10: It was his powerful run from midfield that created the goal, and he provided the forward thrust from the engine room throughout the game.
Tijani Reijnders /10: Neat and tidy in possession, kept the ball circulating by receiving and finding players in space.
Rade Krunic /10: Shuttled the left half space well to cover for the rampant Hernandez and was slick and simple in possession.
Christian Pulisic /10: The American made it two in two with a clever goal, he picked got into smart pockets in the right half-space and caused trouble with his ball-carrying.
Olivier Giroud /10: Held up the ball to bring his teammates into the game, to up clever positions to link-up play and topped it off by calmly slotting in the two penalties.
Rafael Leao /10: The former Chelsea target’s driving runs dragged defenders out of shape, drew a penalty, and his subtle pass created Theo’s goal. A fascinating display.
Noah Okafor /10: Couldn’t do much as Milan took their foot off the gas.
Yunus Musah /10: Carried out tactical role diligently.
Samuel Chukwueze /10: His left foot added a different dimension.
Simon Kjaer /10: Solidified the defense to close out the game.
Alessandro Florenzi /10: N/A
Torino player ratings: Schuurs scores stunner
Vanja Milinkovic-Savic /10: Saw four goals scored passed him, a day he would like to forget.
Ricardo Rodriguez /10: A natural left-back, Rodriguez didn’t look comfortable as a center back in a back three, as Loftus-Cheek and Pulisic gave him a torrid time.
Alessandro Buongiorno /10: Got a harsh penalty call against him for an unfortunate handball, tough night overall from there on.
Perr Schuurs /10: Got his goal with a volley any number 9 would be proud of, but struggled to deal with the combination of Leao and Hernandez down his side.
Mergim Vojvoda /10: Covered a lot of distance, tried to cover both attacking and defensive sides, a decent showing in a big loss.
Ivan Ilic /10: Cautioned in the first half, he had trouble coping with the Rossoneri’s three man midfield and was taken off after half time.
Samuele Ricci /10: Got a lucky assist and was overrun in the midfield but was good technically in terms of finding passes between the lines.
Raoul Bellanova /10: Struggled to get forward from the right wing back position as the Rossoneri’s left sided rotations pinned him back.
Nemanja Radonjic /10: Failed to really get into the game as the front three of Torino were kept quiet by the home team’s defense.
Nikol Vlasic /10: Couldn’t do any significant damage, made some runs with the ball but with no real end product.
Antonio Sanabria 3/10: Had to go out with an injury after just 20 minutes, did nothing of significance while he was on it.
Pietro Pellegri /10: Looked isolated up field as it was a one way traffic against his team.
Karol Linetty /10: Shored up the midfield better than the man he replaced.
Valentino Lazaro /10: Defended deep and did so well.
Yann Karamoh /10: Got caught between Milan’s rotations at times.
AC Milan vs Torino: Match Summary and Highlights
After a stale start with the most significant event being Sanabria’s injury in the 20th minute, Loftus-Cheek breathed life into the game as he powered past his marker and provided a clever cutback. Pulisic slotted the ball into an empty net to give Milan the lead and make it two goals in two game for himself.
The lead lasted just 3 minutes as center-back Schurs slammed a volley into the Milan net following a slice from Samuele Ricci. Torino’s joy didn’t last longer either as the Buongiorno’s unfortunate handball was given as a penalty by the referee following a VAR intervention.
Oliver Giroud coolly converted the penalty to restore Milan’s lead. Milan then went on to pile-up the misery as some superb combination play between Rafael Leao and Theo Hernandez sent the left-back free. The Frenchman fired his team into a 3-1 lead with a cute chip just on the cusp of half time.
Giroud converted yet another penalty in the second half, this time drawn by a driving Leao run, to all but put the game to bed with a scoreline of 4-1. Pioli made a host of changes from there on as the Rossoneri strolled past Torino to close out the game.
Man of the Match
Daring, deadly and devastatingly effective, Rafael Leao showed why he is one of the most coveted wingers in the world with a brutal display. Even though he didn’t score, his unique blend of speed, skill and silk was too much for Torino too handle as he created a goal and won a penalty.
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