serie-a12 May 2021

ROSSONERI RAMPANT IN TURIN

AC Milan record a resounding 7-0 win over the Granata

The Rossoneri are victorious in Turin once again; after a win at the Allianz Stadium last time out, AC Milan have now also beaten Torino away from home. It finished 7-0 after a hugely impressive performance, which included plenty of guts and concentration. The nerves would have been jangling ahead of such an important game but the players went out there full of courage, determination and - most importantly - quality. Rebić's hattrick, Theo's brace and goals from Brahim and Kessie settled it: seven goals scored and none conceded - a third clean sheet on the spin. The attack purred, the defence held firm and AC Milan went one step closer to Champions League qualification. A win against Cagliari on Sunday evening would, in fact, wrap it up. So, we've reached the first "match point" and this next game will need to be approached with the same attitude and desire, with a hunger to go out there and take the game by the horns. It is essential that AC Milan keep concentration levels high following such a thumping victory; the Rossoneri are back in action at 20:45 CEST on Sunday evening.

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REPORT

It was one-way football in the first half. The Rossoneri began with the right spirit and brushed Torino aside, coming close to an opener in the sixth minute when Lyanco and Bremer, after having closed down Çalhanoğlu, almost put it into their own net. AC Milan piled on the pressure and took the lead in the 19th minute; Brahim teed up Theo, who smashed it across Sirigu and into the back of the net. One minute later, Theo's cross found Kessie, whose header was pushed away by Sirigu - Castijello hit the post with the rebound. AC Milan doubled their lead on 25 minutes; Lyanco came in late on Castillejo in the area and the referee pointed to the spot, Kessie stepped up and made no mistake this time, making amends for the miss on Sunday. It didn't take long for the Rossoneri to put the ball in the back of the net for a third time, but Calabria - fed by Rebić - was in an offside position. Torino had their first chance in the 38th minute; Çalhanoğlu slipped in the box, Zaza played it across to Bremer but Gigio came to the rescue.

The second half began in the best way possible and, in the 50th minute, Díaz made it 3-0; Kessie stole the ball from Linetty and set up Brahim to slot it past Sirigu. And it was almost four in the 53rd minute; Rebić turned Bremer inside out and crossed to Franck, who hit it poorly - the fourth goal would have to wait. Brahim hit the crossbar in the 57th minute with a slightly fortunate deflection off his shoulder in amongst the chaos in the box, but the fourth goal did come in the 62nd minute. It was a perfect counter; Rebić's through-ball to Hernández was inch-perfect and Theo lofted it over Sirigu and into the back of the net with a delightful chip. In the space of five minutes (67' to 72'), AC Milan scored goals number five and six of the evening, both through Rebić. The first was assisted by Krunić and the second was a tap-in following an unselfish pass across goal from Leão. Rebić got his hattrick in the 79th minute; Krunić headed across goal and the Croatia international turned it home with his knee to make it 7-0. Full time.

MATCH DETAILS

TORINO 0-7 MILAN

TORINO (3-5-2): Sirigu; Bremer, Lyanco, Buongiorno; Singo, Baselli (55' Rincón), Mandragora, Linetty (55' Verdi), Rodríguez (55' Ansaldi); Zaza, Bonazzoli. Subs: Sava, Ujkani; Vojvoda; Gojak, Lukić; Belotti, Sanabria, Verdi. Coach: Nicola

AC MILAN (4-2-3-1): G. Donnarumma; Calabria, Kjær, Tomori, Hernández (69' Dalot); Bennacer (46' Meïte), Kessie; Castillejo, Díaz (63' Krunić), Çalhanoğlu (69' Leão); Rebić (80' Mandžukić). Subs: A. Donnarumma, Tătărușanu; Gabbia, Kalulu, Romagnoli; Hauge; Maldini. Coach: Pioli.

Referee: Guida from Torre Annunziata. 
Goals: 19' Hernández (M), 25' Kessie (M), 50' Díaz (M), 62' Hernández (M), 67' Rebić (M), 72' Rebić (M), 79' Rebić (M).
Booked: 41' Bennacer (M), 44' Baselli (T), 48' Linetty (T).


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