AC Milan Primavera returned to winning ways today as they beat Torino 3-1 at Vismara following a convincing and dominant display, especially in the first half. In doing so, they picked up three important points to significantly boost their playoff hopes. The Rossoneri’s goals were scored by Youns El Hilali, who bagged his second brace of the season, and Emil Roback, who netted for the second time in a Diavolo shirt. They were two of the six players born in 2003 to start today’s showdown, another positive from today with the future in mind.
But El Hilali and Roback weren’t the only ones to star. Nasti, who was the final component of the very young attacking trident up front, produced a selfless display. Kerkez was also excellent out wide, and ‘veterans’ Brambilla and Frigerio once again proved that they can be relied on in the middle of the park. This was a precious win for the Primavera, who, beyond the league table, can now look ahead to their upcoming fixtures with renewed confidence. Attentions will now turn to the Rossoneri’s away game against Sassuolo next Saturday.
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Coach Giunti made one change to the side that started against Juventus, with Moleri coming in for Jungdal between the sticks. AC Milan took the game to their opponents from the very beginning, and Brambilla almost opened the scoring after five minutes. The Rossoneri were playing high up the pitch and enjoying plenty of possession, and they broke the deadlock with twelve minutes on the clock. The player who found the net was El Hilali, who fired home with his right foot after being picked out by Frigerio. In the 21st minute, the Diavolo made it 2-0: Torino gave the ball away at the back and Roback took full advantage, getting the better of Sava. After a couple of chances for Kerkez, AC Milan had the opportunity to all but kill off the game after being awarded a penalty for a foul on El Hilali. However, Sava managed to save Mionić’s spot-kick. Nevertheless, the Diavolo did manage to score a third in the 42nd minute through another right-footed effort from El Hilali.
Torino did some attacking after the restart and almost reduced the arrears through Celesia in the 50th minute, but AC Milan then came close through El Hilali and Frigerio after 60 and 65 minutes respectively. The Rossoneri were fully in control, even if there was a drop in intensity. In the 77th minute, Coubis was penalised for a foul on Vianni in the area, resulting in a penalty for Torino. The same player picked himself up to convert from twelve yards out. However, the Diavolo weren’t unduly affected and showed great character during the closing stages, with N'Gbesso causing problems for the away side and El Hilali almost adding a fourth. It finished 3-1.
AC MILAN 3-1 TORINO
AC MILAN (4-3-2-1): Moleri; Coubis, Michelis, Obaretin, Kerkez (63' Oddi); Frigerio, Brambilla (78' Saco), Mionić; El Hilali (90' Tonin), Roback (78' Tolomello); Nasti (63' N'Gbesso). Subs.: Jungdal, Desplanches; Pobi, Filì, Di Gesù, Cretti, Olzer. Coach: Giunti.
TORINO (4-3-3): Sava; Portanova, Spina, Celesia, Todisco (53' Oviszach); Continella (46' Cancello), Kryeziu (83' Favale), Savini; Greco, Vianni (87' Larotonda), Lovaglio (83' Tesio). Subs.: Girelli, Edo; Nagy, Aceto, Foschi, Ciammaglichella, La Marca. Coach: Coppitelli.
Referee: Maranesi from Ciampino.
Goals: 12' and 41' El Hilali (M), 21' Roback (M), 77' pen. Vianni (T).
Booked: 48' Greco (T), 75' Frigerio (M).
Note: Mionić missed a penalty in the 32nd minute (M).
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