AC Milan let Inter off the hook with Torino stalemate

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AC Milan’s Hakan Calhanoglu performs an overhead kick during a Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Torino , at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. | AP

Milan, December 10: AC Milan missed a chance to pile pressure on local rivals and fellow Champions League chasers Inter Milan in Serie A after being held to a goalless draw by Torino at the San Siro on Sunday.
Gennaro Gattuso’s fourth-placed Milan are three points behind Inter, who lost to leaders Juventus on Friday, after wasting opportunities to win the match, with forward Patrick Cutrone missing a golden chance with four minutes left and Gonzalo Higuain, returning from a two-match ban, also denied late.
Milan’s wastefulness wasn’t punished by Torino, four points behind Milan in sixth and still unbeaten away from home, thanks to goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma denying Iago Falque and Andrea Belotti.
“I don’t consider it a missed opportunity, as we knew very well that Torino are a difficult team,” said Gattuso.
“It’s a good point. I don’t see it as a bad performance at all. I am sure that a year ago, we would have lost this game.”
Milan also had the chance to move away from Lazio, who contrived to draw 2-2 with Sampdoria on Saturday despite taking the lead five minutes into stoppage time, and Roma, who threw away a two-goal lead to draw at Cagliari after the Sardinians were reduced to nine men.
All lag behind Juve, who are eight points clear of second-placed Napoli. Earlier Duvan Zapata got Atalanta back to winning ways after consecutive losses with a hat-trick against former club Udinese that brought them to within touching distance of the Champions League places, the last of which is occupied by Milan.
“Zapata’s enjoying a good moment,” said Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini, after the South American also scored in last week’s defeat to Napoli, who had loaned him to Udinese. (AFP)