Milan returned to victory with a 2-0 victory over Turin on Saturday night, restoring their four-point lead to the top of the table.
Rafael Leao threw the ball for I Rossoneri after 25 minutes, scoring a cool finish beyond the goalkeeper of a Brahim Diaz through the ball. Diaz then caught a foul from Andrea Belotti in the penalty area, and Franck Kessie went 2-0, sending Salvatore Sirigu the wrong way from the spot.
Milan controlled the game in the second half and limited Torino to just a handful of half-chances, collecting all three points and consolidating their place at the top of Serie A for another weekend.
Let’s take a look at the player ratings from a football night in San Siro.
Gianluigi Donnarumma (GK) – 7/10 – He didn’t have much to do in the first half, although he would have been relieved to see Ricardo Rodriguez’s free kick shake the crossbar.
Davide Calabria (RB) – 8/10 – Back in their normal position (for the first half, anyway) after taking on a midfield role against Juventus, Calabria were at their best. Solid and determined at the back, yet elegant to move forward.
Simon Kjaer (CB) – 8/10 – Produced a vital last minute tackle to deny Torino a clear scoring opportunity, flying through to block a vicious shot. Such a vital cog in this Milanese defense.
Alessio Romagnoli (CB) – 7/10 – Picked up a first half reservation and had to be on his best behavior from there. Led by example, as always, when the back was against the wall.
Théo Hernandez (LB) – 8/10 – Won a few free kicks in dangerous positions with his bombardments on the left flank. Always looking to support the offensive action, and reluctantly did his defensive job well.
Frank Kessie (CM) – 8/10 – Cool the way you want when you take his penalty, pulling yourself up to the ball and giving the goalkeeper eyes. It’s easy. I should have put in a second, but sort of hit his shot straight at the goalie.
Sandro Tonali (CM) – 7/10 – Milan looked much better with Tonali back in midfield, biting into challenges and distributing the ball as quickly and efficiently as possible. Took a huge kick to the back of the leg and had to be stretched. Disturbing scenes.
Brahim Diaz (AM) – 8/10 – Vital to Milan’s success in the first half, playing Leao on goal with a nice ball to provide the first, then winning a penalty to provide the second.
Samuel Castillejo (RW) – 7/10 – Well linked with Calabria on the right flank, and also did its fair share of defensive duties, coming up and putting cover when needed.
Rafael Leao (ST) – 9/10 – Sensational. What a player! Opened the scoring with a calm and poise finish, while separating the backline from Torino with his quick and direct run. Almost pocketed a pass by playing Kessie behind, but the Ivorian inflated his lines. A magnificent spectacle, filled with cunning, speed and intelligence.
Jens Petter Hauge (LW) – 7/10 – Full of energy and youthful exuberance. Drift on the ground, allowing Leao to find herself in her channel and occupy dangerous positions. Always ready to face his full back.
Diogo Dalot (RB) – 5/10
Hakan Calhanoglu (AM) – 6/10
Daniel Maldini (CM) – N / A
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (ST) – N / A