AC Milan had Adil Rami to thank for avoiding further embarrassment at the hands of on-form Torino on Saturday night, in a game which ended 1-1. The French defender opened his rossoneri account early in the second half with an excellent drive from distance, cancelling out Ciro Immobile's first-half opener.
Milan actually made the better start to the match, pressing Torino high up the field in a bid to win the ball back in dangerous areas. Toro keeper Daniele Padelli was forced into a fingertip save on Giampaolo Pazzini within a couple of minutes, as the visitors just about withstood the early barrage.
However, Torino steadily grew into the game, and shocked the hosts by taking the lead within 20 minutes. On-form striker Ciro Immobile managed to isolate Milan centre-back Daniele Bonera, before jinking right past him and stabbing the ball beyond Christian Abbiati. The goal may have come against the run of play, but Torino were rewarded for showing a clinical edge that Milan lacked.
The hosts almost responded immediately through a Pazzini overhead kick, though Torino stopper Padelli was once again equal to the attempt. He made further good saves on Kaká and Sulley Muntari before the halftime whistle, ensuring Toro maintained their advantage.
Giampiero Ventura's side were unlucky to only be a goal up at the interval, after their midfielder Alexander Farnerud blew a glorious chance just short of the half-hour. A quick Alessio Cerci break down the right culminated in a cross for the Swede, though his close-range header cleared the bar when it really ought to have been in the back of the net.
Farnerud would be made to pay for his miss within five minutes of the restart, with centre-back Adil Rami showing Milan's strikers how to finish with a venomous strike which flew past Padelli and into the top corner. All of Toro's work was undone, and the game was put right back to square one.
The momentum unsurprisingly swung in Milan's favour, who had found the verve they showed in the opening few minutes. Robinho thought he'd given the rossoneri the lead after stroking Kaká's assist into the back of the net just short of the hour, only for the linesman to flag for a very tight offside.
Torino did well to soak up Milan's late pressure and suck the tempo from the game. They never really attacked with sustained pressure, but held the ball well enough to allow themselves to push out of defence and frustrate Milan to the final whistle.The upshot is yet more dropped points for the rossoneri, as their stuttering start under Seedorf continues.
AC Milan: Abbiati; Emanuelson, Bonera, Rami, De Sciglio; Muntari (De Jong 63'), Montolivo; Robinho (Saponara 75'), Kaká, Honda; Pazzini.
Goals: Rami (49').
Torino: Padelli; Moretti, Glik, Maksimović; Masiello, Farnerud (El Kaddouri 53'), Vives, Basha (Kurtić 69'), Darmian; Immobile, Cerci (Meggiorini 90+3').
Goals: Immobile (18').