AS Torino of Italy defender, Ola Aina has heaped praise on his teammates for their battling efforts in the 2-1 win against AC Milan, a victory he said became possible through the great fighting spirit his colleagues put up in the encounter at Stadio Olimpico, megasportsarena.com reports.
Although Torino were at home in Turin for the midweek clash, Aina admitted their visitors are a crack side, such that he felt relieved and satisfied seeing his team put up a dramatic comeback from a goal down, in order to get maximum points on the night.
Aina started his fourth league game of the campaign, playing in his now familiar left full-back position with the hosts targeting their third win of the season, as Andrea Belotti’s quickfire brace earned Torino a famous victory in Serie A.
The Italy international fired home the first from the edge of the box after 72 minutes and added a second with a close-range overhead kick four minutes later to cancel out Krzysztof Piatek’s first-half opener, after which Rafael Leao was brought down in the area and the Polish striker stepped up to score from the penalty spot.
Hakan Calhanoglu saw an effort beaten away by goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu as the visitors looked to double their lead, while Belotti should have equalised in first-half stoppage time with the goal at his mercy.
Piatek sent a shot inches wide, but Milan were pegged back when Belotti controlled a pass over the top and toyed with Mateo Musacchio before drilling the ball home, but the visitors felt there was a foul in the build-up and Pepe Reina, on the bench, was shown a red card for his protests.
The game was turned on its head shortly afterwards as Belotti grabbed his fourth goal of the season, acrobatically turning the ball in after Simone Zaza had seen a shot saved, thereby putting Aina and his colleagues in control of proceedings once again.
Franck Kessie blazed over the crossbar with the goal gaping in the third minute of stoppage time, with Sirigu somehow keeping out a Piatek header from point-blank range moments later as Torino held on, after which Aina praised his side’s immense fighting spirit for the victory.
Aina, who had a decent game rating of 6.9, completing 80% of his passes, winning five duels and also completing all 100% of his dribbles, took to social media to celebrate after the match, and stated gleefully in his post: “Great fight from the team.”