Serie A leaders Milan cruise past Torino

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AC Milan bounced back from their first Serie A loss of the season last week with a 2-0 home defeat of relegation-threatened Torino to extend their lead in the standings.

Milan, bidding for a first league title in a decade, were firmly in control at halftime after a strike from Rafael Leao and a Franck Kessie penalty.

Stefano Pioli's side moved four points ahead of city rivals Inter Milan, who face a potentially challenging visit to third-placed Roma on Sunday.

Defeat to Juventus midweek was Milan's first reverse in Serie A since March and the Rossoneri were still without several injured players against Il Toro - although veteran forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic was sent on for the final few minutes on his return.

Milan led from the 25th minute when Theo Hernandez surged forward from midfield and found Brahim Diaz, who sent a through ball in for Leao to prod into the bottom right corner.

Diaz won a penalty 10 minutes later when he was tripped by Andrea Belotti and Kessie converted.

Torino defender Ricardo Rodriguez almost scored against his former club but his free kick came off the crossbar.

Josip Ilicic appears to be back to his best after inspiring fourth-placed Atalanta to a 4-1 win at mid-table Benevento.

Ilicic scored Atalanta's opener, hit the post and had a hand in another two goals - for Rafael Toloi and Duvan Zapata - after Marco Sau's equaliser.

Substitute Luis Muriel netted a spectacular fourth for Atalanta when he curled a fantastic strike into the top right corner four minutes from time.

Genoa moved out of the relegation zone after their 2-0 win over Bologna.

Visitors Bologna dominated possession but struggled to create any chances of note as Genoa midfielder Miha Zajc and Mattia Destro scored in the game's decisive moments.

Recently-appointed coach Davide Ballardini has guided Genoa to two wins in his four games in charge, since replacing Rolando Maran last month, as they stit two-points clear of 17th-placed Parma and Torino.