december 09, 2012 • 12:40 PM
• last update 01:04 PM
Milan routs Torino, gets third straight league win
AC Milan continued its recent resurgence with its third consecutive league victory, winning 4-2 at Torino.
Milan was hit by an early blow when Nigel De Jong had to come off in the 21st minute with a damaged Achilles tendon. The defensive midfielder is likely to be out for the rest of the season.
Torino took the lead seven minutes later following a dreaful howler from Milan midfielder Antonio Nocerino, who passed the ball back to no-one from the halfway line.
Mario Alberto Santana raced onto the ball before rounding goalkeeper Marco Amelia and slotting home.
Milan leveled five minutes before the break when Robinho collected the ball in the area, feinted past Valerio Di Cesare and fired in under the crossbar.
Nocerino atoned for his earlier mistake when he headed home after Jean-Francois Gillet had palmed away Stephan El Shaarawy's cross.
Giampaolo Pazzini extended Milan's advantage in controversial circumstances, with Torino fuming after he clattered into Salvatore Masiello to win the ball in the area.
El Shaarawy sealed the result 15 minutes from time with his 13th league goal of the season after Milan had hit the woodwork twice
Torino got one back when Rolando Bianchi headed in Valter Birsa's cross.
AC Milan Giampaolo Pazzini (2nd R) celebrates with his teammates Stephan El Shaarawy (L), Antonio Nocerino (2nd L) and Urby Emanuelson after scoring.
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