Torino 2-2 Milan: Bacca penalty seals scintillating comeback

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan erased a two-goal half time deficit to earn a vital point away at Torino on Monday night.

Goals from Andrea Belotti and Marco Benassi had given the home side a deserved 2-0 lead before the break, and Adem Ljajic missed a penalty to make it 3-0.

The Rossoneri were boosted, and were level by the hour thanks to a goal from Andrea Bertolacci and Carlos Bacca’s spot kick.

Neither side could force a late winner, despite Alessio Romagnoli receiving a second yellow card inside the last ten minutes.

Joel Obi had the first real chance of the game as he charged down a clearance that almost landed in Gianluigi Donnarumma’s empty goal.

In the 17th minute Milan had penalty appeals waved away as Carlos Bacca spun cleverly inside the area.

Four minutes later Torino grabbed the lead, with Adem Ljajic scuffing a shot from the edge of the area that Belotti finished instinctively past Gigio into the bottom right corner.

Not long after it was 2-0, this time Marco Benassi was the beneficiary of a scramble inside the area, finishing from close range after an initial Joel Obi run had been closed down.

It could have been three goals in nine minutes as Ignazio Abate conceded a controversial penalty, but Donnarumma gave the Rossoneri hope with a good save from Ljajic’s spot kick.

Seven minutes before the break Suso almost halved the deficit, but Joe Hart saved his dipping shot from the edge of the area with a spectacular one-handed dive.

Ten minutes into the second half an Vincenzo Montella’s side were given hope; Bertolacci on hand to tap in from close range after Bonaventura’s ball across the box. Goal-line technology was needed, but replays showed the ball was well over the line.

On the hour mark the game was level. Luca Rossettini was penalised for hauling down Gabriel Paletta in the box, and Bacca sent Hart the wrong way from the spot to make it 2-2.

Torino were better after Milan’s second goal, and came close with Ljajic and Belotti, while Mario Pasalic had the visitors’ best chance at the other end when he curled over.

The ever-present Ljajic forced a late save from Donnarumma before Alessio Romagnoli was given his marching orders for a second yellow card, but Milan held on for a well-earned point.

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