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Milan 2-0 Torino: Milan back to winning ways after last week’s defeat to Juventus

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As Milan improved their lead at the top of Serie A to four points, Rafael Leao and Franck Kessie netted against Torino.

By beating Torino 2-0 at San Siro to take a four-point lead at the top of Serie A, Milan recovered nicely from their midweek loss to Juventus.

Last time out, Stefano Pioli’s team suffered their first loss of the season but produced a response worthy of champions, turning on Saturday in an accomplished display.

Rafael Leao opened the scoring with Zlatan Ibrahimovic making a return from the bench after his recovery from injury, before Franck Kessie’s penalty made it 2-0.

In the second half, Torino had a penalty of their own reversed, but the bad header of Andrea Belotti to end a rare attack summed up a frustrating result, which means that their long wait for a Milan league win continues.

By the 17th minute, the hosts managed four attempts and their supremacy was told when Theo Hernandez discovered Brahim Diaz, whose smooth first-time pass played at Leao to dispatch a finish that Ibrahimovic would have been proud of watching.

Seven minutes later, when Diaz drew a hefty, last-ditch tackle from Belotti, Torino’s annoyance was compounded.

Referee Fabio Maresca pointed to the spot and did not see any justification to change his opinion, despite consulting with VAR. Kessie gave Salvatore Sirigu the wrong way calmly.

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The crossbar stopped Ricardo Rodriguez with a superb free-kick, Torino’s first shot, from pulling one back against his former club, while Sirigu made a fantastic stop to deny Kessie on the half-time stroke.

When Simone Verdi dropped under pressure from Sandro Tonali, Torino thinks they had a lifeline, but after initially giving the penalty, after a search, referee Maresca overturned his decision. Tonali also came off worse from the crash, having to pull off the former Brescia midfielder on a stretcher.

By heading tamely at Gianluigi Donnarumma, who carried off a fantastic 90th-minute stop to keep out Jacopo Segre’s lobbed attempt to curb the danger of a late Torino comeback, Belotti missed his first sight of the goal.

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