Monday, 3 August 2020

Bologna 1-1 Torino

Torino came from behind to end the 2019/20 season with a 1-1 draw against Bologna on Sunday evening.

Moreno Longo gave Antonio Rosati a rare start in goal but the experienced goalkeeper was at fault for the opening goal.

Swedish midfielder Mattias Svanberg's low shot from just outside the area did enough to beat Rosati and give Bologna an 18th minute lead.

Former Bologna man Simone Verdi had Toro's best chance to equalise in the first half, but his shot was well saved by Lukasz Skorupski.

Toro did find an equaliser mid way through the second half, as Verdi's cross field ball was sensationally volleyed home by Simone Zaza.

Substitute Federico Santander almost scored a winning goal for the home side, but his shot went narrowly wide of the far post.

Youngster Christian Celesia came off the bench to make his Toro debut in injury time, and almost made an immediate impact but Andrea Belotti could not make a clean contact on his low cross.

Toro settled for a point and a 16th place finish in a season that started with such optimism but ended with disappointment.

Forza Toro

Sunday, 2 August 2020

Bologna v Torino Preview

Torino will travel to Bologna for their final game of the Serie A season, knowing that they can't improve on a 16th place finish.

Antonio Rosati will make a rare start in goal as Moreno Longo continues to rest first choice Salvatore Sirigu, whilst Armando Izzo has returned from injury.

Former Toro boss Sinisa Mihajlovic will be expecting a reaction from his side having lost 4-0 against Fiorentina in their last game.

Prediction
Bologna 2-2 Torino

Torino 2-3 Roma

Torino lost their final home game of the season in an entertaining game on Wednesday evening against Roma.

Samir Ujkani made his Toro debut as Moreno Longo chose to rest first choice goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu.

Toro went ahead against the run of play as Simone Zaza set up Alex Berenguer who stylishly rounded his compatriot Pau Lopez to give Toro the lead. That lead did not last long as the away side equalised through Edin Dzeko just two minutes later.

Roma then took the lead as Chris Smalling headed home from Carles Perez's corner as the Giallorossi went into the break in the lead.

Fifteen minutes into the second half, Roma were awarded a penalty as substitute Koffi Djidji upended Edin Dzeko in the area. Replays did suggest as if Djidji may have won the ball, but the penalty was given and Amadou Diawara made no mistake from the spot.

Toro reduced the deficit almost immediately as young defender Wilfried Singo, making his full debut for the club scored a sensational goal. 

The Ivorian picked the ball up inside his own half before embarking on an excellent run which culminated in him firing past Pau Lopez.

That proved to be the highlight of the match for Toro as the Granata fell to a 20th defeat in what has been a forgettable (yet also unforgettable) season.

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Torino v Roma Preview

Torino host Roma in their final home of the seemingly never-ending 2019/20 season on Wednesday evening.

With their Serie A status secured, Moreno Longo may look to the future for this game, so a few of Torino's younger players may get the opportunity to impress.

Roma are in excellent form and have won five of their last six matches, and are looking to confirm a 5th placed finish.

Torino surprisingly won the reverse fixture between these sides in January thanks to a brace from Andrea Belotti.

Prediction
Torino 1-3 Roma

SPAL 1-1 Torino

Torino secured their Serie A status for next season as they clinched the point needed against already relegated SPAL on Sunday night.

Lecce's defeat against Bologna just before kick off meant that Toro knew a point would be enough to guarantee their survival.

Toro dominated the first half, but struggled to create clear chances, with Simone Zaza dragging his shot wide of the target.

The away side took the lead just before the hour mark in sensational fashion thanks to a left footed curling effort from Simone Verdi which gave debutant goalkeeper Demba Thiam absolutely no chance.

The Granata were then guilty of missing opportunities to double their lead, with both Simone Zaza and Verdi missing good chances. They were punished by these wasted chances as with ten minutes remaining substitute Marco D'Alessandro equalised after Soualiho Meite lost the ball on half way.

However, Moreno Longo was relatively content with the final result as he achieved his aim of keeping Toro in Serie A - although it has certainly not been convincing.

Forza Toro

Sunday, 26 July 2020

SPAL v Torino Preview

Torino travel to face SPAL on Sunday evening knowing that a victory will all but guarantee their Serie A status.

If Lecce fail to beat Bologna earlier in the day, then a point would be enough for the Granata - but Toro should feel confident given their opponents are bottom of the table and have already been relegated.

SPAL have lost their last six fixtures, and were heavily beaten 6-1 at home by Roma in their last match.

However, Torino have lost their last eight away games in the league and were surprisingly beaten 2-1 at home by SPAL back in December.

Prediction
SPAL 1-3 Torino

Torino 1-1 Hellas Verona

Torino moved a step closer to safety as they came from behind to earn a point against Hellas Verona on Wednesday night.

It was a poor first half performance from the Granata with the away side having the majority of the chances, with Darko Lazovic arguably wasting the best chance.

Hellas were awarded a penalty via VAR in the early stages of the second half as Nicolas Nkoulou was adjudged to have elbowed Fabio Borini in the area. Borini stepped up and sent Salvatore Sirigu the wrong way to give Hellas the lead.

Toro finally woke up after that goal, and were level less then ten minutes later when Cristian Ansaldi's excellent cross was headed home by Simone Zaza.

The Granata then had a great chance to win the game in injury time, but Andrea Belotti's header hit the bar.

Forza Toro