May 5, 2013 at 2pm UK at ​San Siro
AC Milan
1-0
Torino
Balotelli (84')
Mexes (49'), Muntari (73'), Boateng (74'), Balotelli (85')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Result: Late Mario Balotelli winner rescues AC Milan

Milan striker Mario Balotelli celebrates a goal against Torino on May 5, 2013
© AP Photos
Mario Balotelli spares AC Milan's blushes against Torino with a winning goal six minutes from time.

Mario Balotelli's winning goal five minutes from time has kept AC Milan's Champions League push on track this afternoon at Torino's expense.

The visitors frustrated Milan for large spells at the San Siro and looked lively on the counter through Alessio Cerci.

Paulo Vitor Barreto spurned a glorious opportunity to give Torino the lead early on, firing straight at Christian Abbiati from close range.

Migjen Basha then flashed an inviting cross into the penalty area, but no Torino player was able to take advantage at the far post.

Milan rallied after the break, with Robinho going close late on after beating three defenders in a slalom run towards goal.

Barreto then failed to turn home once more from inside the six-yard box, with Torino made to pay for their missed chances in the closing stages.

With time running out for the Rossoneri, a cross from Antonio Nocerino was flicked on towards Balotelli, who made no mistake to tap home from point-blank range.

The three points mean that Massimiliano Allegri's side are now four points clear of Fiorentina in the race for third place in Serie A, with Torino still locked in a fight to secure safety at the other end.

Stephan El Shaarawy
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