Ante Rebic scored his sixth goal of 2020 as Milan claimed a first win in four in all competitions and climbed to eighth place in Serie A with a 1-0 victory over Torino on Monday.
In-form Rebic found his opportunities limited earlier in the season but has now scored in three consecutive games after strikes against Inter and, in the Coppa Italia, Juventus.
Unlike in those matches, Milan this time held onto their lead to secure a victory that boosts their hopes of a Europa League place.
Torino, who rarely threatened at San Siro, have a five-point cushion to the relegation places but have now suffered four consecutive defeats.
Milan put the visitors under pressure from the off, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic was integral to much of their approach play, holding the ball up to fashion a chance for Lucas Paqueta to see a low shot saved brilliantly by Salvatore Sirigu.
The hosts led after 25 minutes through Rebic, who got in front of his marker to meet Samu Castillejo’s low cross and clipped a finish into the bottom-left corner of the net.
Ibrahimovic and Castillejo each fired wide from the right-hand side of the box shortly after the break, with the latter particularly wasteful, as Milan pressed for a second.
Torino began to show greater ambition as the second half wore on but struggled to find a way past a disciplined and organised Milan defence.
Alex Berenguer’s free-kick was punched clear by Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, and Cristian Ansaldi could only slice the rebound wide.
Milan threatened on the counter-attack as Torino pressed yet Castillejo and Ibrahimovic were again guilty of wayward finishing, with Stefano Pioli’s men forced to settle for a one-goal win.