Torino 3-1 AC Milan: Rossoneri limp to defeat in final away game

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan’s final away game of the 2023-24 season brought them no joy as they were beaten 3-1 at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino by Torino on Saturday night.

The damage was mainly done in the first half when Torino scored with two headers, the first coming from centre-forward Duvan Zapata who glanced in a Ricardo Rodriguez cross, the second arriving when Ivan Ilic powered home from Raoul Bellanova’s delivery.

Rodriguez thumped in a shot from distance in the early exchanges of the second half to give the Granata a 3-0 lead which Ismael Bennacer’s penalty ate into, yet it did not spark a comeback as the hosts held on.

The result ultimately means very little for the Rossoneri who were sure of finishing in second place regardless, though it certainly raises further questions about the defensive resilience (or lack thereof) within the side,

Stefano Pioli named quite an interesting starting line-up for the game with the likes of Davide Calabria, Mike Maignan, Rafael Leao and Olivier Giroud all left out, while Pierre Kalulu, Yunus Musah, Noah Okafor, Filippo Terracciano and Luka Jovic are all started.

Milan had a lot of the ball in the opening exchanges as Torino looked to sit in and counter, an approach which yielded the first chance of the game. Tijjani Reijnders committed a foul as the hosts broke and the free-kick was blocked back out to the taker Ivan Ilic who slashed his follow-up effort wide.

The game quickly settled into a pattern whereby Ivan Juric’s side were happy to let Milan have the ball and spring forward quickly when they won it back. In the 18th minute they fashioned the first real scoring chance of the game when a cut-back from the right found the trailing run of Tameze, yet he sent a first time shot well over the bar having leaned back as he hit it.

Okafor was at the heart of the moments of danger that Milan created. Firstly he burst away down the left and hit a cross-shot that Milinkovic-Savic had to parry away, then a few minutes later he found space to shoot on his right foot and tried to bend an effort inside the far top corner yet it went just over.

In the 26th minute, Torino took the lead and it came through Zapata. A lovely cross in from the ex-Milan man Ricardo Rodriguez from the left side was met by the head of the Colombian striker, who glanced it with just enough power for it to nestle inside the far corner past a diving Sportiello.

Just after the half-hour mark Milan fashioned a half chance to try and get themselves level when Fikayo Tomori of all people was allowed time to cross from the wing. Pulisic arrived to meet it, yet his header was not on target.

Just over five minutes before the break, the hosts doubled their advantage and it again came through an uncontested header. Bellanova had the space of Turin to whip in a ball from the right side and Ivan Ilic arrived to power a header past Sportiello from around the penalty spot.

Less than a minute into the second half Torino had their third goal of the game and it was an absolute screamer from Rodriguez. Having assisted the first goal, the Swiss defender took on a shot of his own from a few yards outside the box and the slicing attempt crashed in off the post with Sportiello rooted.

However, at the other end Milan were rather gifted the chance to get on the scoreboard when Pulisic was dragged to the ground by what resembled a headlock as he darted inside the box. The referee awarded a penalty, which Bennacer confidently tucked away to make it 3-1.

Just before the hour mark Jovic tried the spectacular to make it a one-goal game when he went for a spectacular overhead kick from a Bennacer cross, yet it never really threatened the goal. Moments later, Rafael Leao came on for Okafor, and a few minutes after that Alessandro Florenzi replaced Terracciano.

In the 77th minute Pioli made a couple more changes, with Tommaso Pobega and Olivier Giroud coming on for Bennacer and Musah, seemingly marking the change to playing two up front.

Giroud had a decent opportunity to increase the nerves for the home fans when he rose highest to meet a corner from Florenzi in the 83rd minute, though he couldn’t keep it down and it sailed over the bar.

In the closing stages Leao drew a good save from Milinkovic-Savic in the Torino goal, having picked up the ball down the left wing and drifted inside, dropping a couple of defenders inside the box before failing to really find the corner with his shot.

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  1. Yeah what can I say.. If Buongiorno even had doubts if joining Milan and good coaches about stepping in I think they are gone. Defensively laughable, we can give critique to the signings of this summer but people like Tomori deserve all of the critique aswell because that defense today was an absolute disaster. No organisation, no will and no coaching from the backline it seems. Poor poor night, should pay the fans back who traveled to Turin

  2. 5 things we’ve learned:
    1) Thiaw cannot defend
    2) Kalulu cannot defend
    3) Milan need a new 1st choice goalie as Sportiello isn’t good enough to be the one
    4) Jovic is useless as a lonely striker
    5) No one will miss Pioli’s tactics

    You’re welcome.

    1. Agreed!

      I’d also add that if anyone thinks that this team can do without Leao and Theo then they are clearly mentally ill…….the drip off is staggering

      Buongiorno looked great, he reads the game so well! He’s the brain in defence we dearly need.

      Of course we won’t get him because inter will get him and we’ll sign some nobody who once had a good game for some nobody team because #moneyball

      1. Yeah, he’ll go to Inter like all the rest of the players Milan should have bought. Same old story. Buongiorno was everything the Milan defenders weren’t. And more. Sell Kalulu or Thiaw and get him. No matter the cost.

        1. It’s f@cking frustrating how we are so close…2-3 proper signings away from being something special. But then again we have an owner who says ‘dominating the league is boring’

          I sure miss those boring days when Capello and Milan went into every game knowing they were going to win and the question was by how many

    2. Some things have always been obvious. Sportiello is not Milan material. If Milan’s first striker gets injuried for a few months, relying on Jovic could be a disaster. They are not players for Milan, or any other team supposed to be in the top 4 for that matter. A (defensive) mildfielder who can move the ball well too is seriously needed. 2 strikers instead of one.

      1. “2 strikers instead of one.”

        For sure. But it’s a f*ng struggle to get even ONE decent one so how the f*** could we possibly get two? No chance in h3ll… Zero.

        1. Okafor…..this insistence to play him on the left wing baffles me. He had a decent game there tonight but he’s not an incisive winger, he’s got excellent penalty box instincts.

          New striker

    3. No one can decent because there’s no communication. And there’s. I communication because Pioli doesn’t have a defensive system worked out. 37 games in…

  3. I did watch the goals, not the match. The first goal is Thiaw’s fault. The third one goalkeeper’s. The second one seems to me to be partly Thiaw’s fault.

    1. – If we can’t secure Conceciao for next season we should try and get Ivan Juric. He’s definitely better than Pioli and has done great in Serie a in the last years. At least he always gets his players fired up. 9th place with this torino team really is a great achievement.
      – if we sell Theo, we should get Ricardo Rodriguez to come back to milan, he’s for free this summer. Sell Theo for 80, bring RR in for 0 and get a quality striker.

    2. Kalulu went to the same guy Tomori was tailing and left his man wide open for an easy tap in. So clueless. Looks like someone who hasn’t ever played as a defender before.

    3. Bennacer was at fault for the second imo, for being completely mugged off in the middle of the park. But also Terracciano (who I think liked good whenever he inverted to a cm – which was most of the game), should have shit that space down too.

      1. Yeah, Terra allowed Torino’s player way too much space. The thing is who knows what instructions Pioli had given to him though.

  4. There are simple defensive measures that even kids in scuola secondaria di primo grado would know that this team doesn’t do. When you don’t challenge their wingers on the side and give them too much space, they have the time and the comfort to execute perfect crosses to an open man. Our defense on their sideline wingers simply back off and give them room to execute perfect crosses. This is not brain surgery. It’s simply defense at the most simple and fundamental level. And we cannot even do that.

  5. Can I ask something?
    How we put a class performance in the last game and now we play like a rookie?
    Does Pioli Has Alzheimer?
    Why Leao was in substitutes?
    Why you don’t trust Maignan? We aren’t going to find a better one with 15m we spent only more than 35m we can find better one di Gregorio isn’t the answer
    Why trust musah again?
    You put two strikers on front why ?
    Kalulu as a CB ? He cover the same player with tomori more than once.
    This performances will not bring anyone good singing only medicine and worse this is the Milan cardinale believes can bring Milan back to glory?????

    1. “Why Leao was in substitutes?
      Why you don’t trust Maignan?”

      Because neither of them want to miss the EUROs and probably lost motivation for the Serie A matches too as there’s nothing to play for.

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