AC Milan 2-0 Torino: Serie A leaders see off strugglers with goals from Rafael Leao and Franck Kessie to widen gap to rivals Inter Milan as Zlatan Ibrahimovic returns from injury
- Rafael Leao opened the scoring and Franck Kessie scored a penalty afterwards
- AC Milan are now four points clear of rivals Inter at the top of Serie A
- The two sides will face each other again on Tuesday in the Coppa Italia
AC Milan went four points clear at the top of Serie A with a comfortable 2-0 home win over Torino on Saturday as Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic made his comeback from injury.
The league leaders’ 27-match unbeaten run was ended by Juventus on Wednesday, but they showed little sign of dwelling on the result as a Rafael Leao strike and Franck Kessie penalty gave the hosts a commanding lead by halftime.
Ricardo Rodriguez summoned the visitors’ best effort when he crashed a free kick off the bar, but they struggled to threaten in open play.
Rafael Leao celebrates with Jens Petter Hauge after opening the scoring for his team
Top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned from injury in the final moments of the game
AC Milan’s Franck Kessie scores his penalty to put his side 2-0 up against Torino on Saturday
A further boost for Milan was the return of top scorer Ibrahimovic, who came on as a substitute for the final five minutes to make his first appearance since suffering an injury against Napoli on Nov. 22.
The result leaves Milan on 40 points, four ahead of rivals Inter Milan, who travel to third-placed AS Roma on Sunday.
Torino, whose four-match unbeaten run came to an end, remain in 19th place on 12 points, two adrift of the safety zone.
Salvatore Sirigu is powerless to stop Leao’s shot going past him into the back of the net
The AC Milan players celebrate as they remain top of the table and widen the gap to second
AC Milan’s Sandro Tonali leaves the pitch on a stretcher after picking up an injury
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