Milan claimed a huge win in the Coppa Italia against Torino on Tuesday evening under the lights of San Siro. It went all the way into extra time, but there it was Pioli’s eye for substitutions which proved to be the difference.
It was a game with a lot of back and forth at San Siro between Milan and Torino in the quarter-finals of Coppa Italia. After Milan initially took the lead, the Granata scored twice through Bremer and the Rossoneri couldn’t get back on level terms until the 91st minute when Hakan Calhanoglu scored a screamer.
The Turkey international was the center and embodiment of the comeback. He had only come on eight minutes previous of his injury-time equaliser in place of Rade Krunic, but he was the game-changer.
In the 106th minute, Calhanoglu scored his second goal of the evening to make it 3-2 to Milan; a thumping effort from outside the box after a brilliant pass from Franck Kessié who had just come on – and made the assist with his first touch of the ball.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic – who replaced Piatek in the 65th minute – then put the nail in il Toro’s coffin on a pass from Rafael Leao, another substitute who had come on for Bonaventura in the 76th minute.
So, in conclusion, all four of Stefano Pioli’s substitutes for the evening were involved in goals and made the comeback against Torino possible. Full stats of the substitutions are found below in the tweet.
Stefano Pioli’s subs tonight:
-Hakan Çalhanoğlu (2 goals, 2 chances created, 1 big chance created)
-Zlatan Ibrahimovic (1 goal)
-Rafael Leão (1 assist, 3 chances created, 3 big chances created)
-Franck Kessié (1 assist, 1 chance created)
Talk about getting your subs spot on.
— Maxi (@MaaxiAngelo) January 28, 2020