Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Torino 3-1 Fiorentina

Torino maintained their 100% record as for the third time this season they came from behind to win, with an impressive 3-1 victory against Fiorentina.

Toro only made two changes from the team who beat Frosinone as Giuseppe Vives and Josef Martinez came in for Alessandro Gazzi and Maxi Lopez.

The Granata made a slow start and were behind early on once again, as Nikola Kalinic's header was initially saved by Daniele Padelli but the rebound found former Bolton defender Marcos Alonso who tapped in.

Alonso then risked the wrath of the Curva Maratona by imitating a bull fighter in his celebration, a gesture which was deemed to be provocative by the referee and the Spaniard received a yellow card for his troubles. To Alonso's credit, he immediately issued an apology and stated that he never intended to offend the Toro supporters.

The home side were outclassed by the visitors in the first half and chances were limited, although Ciprian Tatarusanu did tip a Fabio Quagliarella header over the bar.

With twenty minutes remaining the Granata finally scored their equaliser as Emiliano Moretti pounced in the area following a corner and found the net with an excellent left footed volley.

And incredibly, a minute later, Toro were in the lead as Bruno Peres found Fabio Quagliarella who calmly slid the ball past Tatarusanu from a tight angle.

The result was put beyond any doubt with thirteen minutes remaining when Daniele Baselli skipped past Borja Valero and fired the ball into the top corner from fully thirty yards.

This was an impressive result against a strong Fiorentina side, although Giampiero Ventura will be worried by Toro's defensive frailties which have seen them concede early on in each of their three fixtures this season.

Forza Toro

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Torino v Fiorentina Preview

Torino will look to continue their promising start to the season when they face Fiorentina at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday evening.

The Granata came from behind to beat Frosinone last weekend, and are unlikely to make too many changes from the team that won that game. However, Giampiero Ventura may choose to give new signing Andrea Belotti his debut.

Fiorentina also won their opening game of the season, as they beat AC Milan 2-0 thanks to a stunning Marcos Alonso free kick and a Josip Iličić penalty.

Prediction
Torino 1-1 Fiorentina

Monday, 24 August 2015

Frosinone 1-2 Torino

Torino made a disastrous start to the new Serie A season, but came from behind to beat newly promoted Frosinone on Sunday afternoon.

Daniele Baselli and Danilo Avelar were both given league debuts for the Granata, but Giampiero Ventura left Andrea Belotti on the bench as Maxi Lopez partnered Fabio Quagliarella in attack.

Frosinone made a dream start in their first ever Serie A match when Luca Paganini's cross was stabbed home by Danilo Soddimo. Toro responded well to that set back and came close to equalising, but Quagliarella's header was tipped over the bar by Nicola Leali.

Maxi Lopez and Fabio Quagliarella each had opportunities to score Torino's first league goal of the new season, but somehow the home side went in at half time in front.

On the hour mark, Toro finally had their deserved equaliser when Danilo Avelar's cross was volleyed home by the outstanding Quagliarella.

And then four minutes later Torino took the lead when the impressive Daniele Baselli curled a low shot into the bottom corner following a short corner.

That goal was enough for the Granata to claim all three points, and whilst the performance was not without its flaws, the character shown by the team this early in the season was certainly encouraging.

Forza Toro!

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Frosinone v Torino Preview

Serie A football is finally back, and Torino will make the long trip south to face newly promoted Frosinone on Sunday evening.

New striker Andrea Belotti has been included in the squad following his transfer from Palermo and is in line to make his debut. However, Maxi Lopez and Josef Martinez both staked their claim to partner Fabio Quagliarella upfront after both players scored against Pescara in the Coppa Italia last weekend.

Frosinone have recorded successive promotions under the stewardship of former Toro striker Roberto Stellone. Stellone was a popular figure in his four year spell at the Granata, scoring 16 goals in 113 appearances.

Nikola Maksimovic, who has been linked with a move away from the club is also included in the squad, and could make his first appearance of the season.

Prediction
Frosinone 0-2 Torino

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Torino 4-1 Pescara

Despite going a goal behind, Torino progressed to the next round of the Coppa Italia after an impressive 4-1 victory against Pescara on Sunday evening.

Danilo Avelar, Afriyie Acquah and Daniele Baselli all made debuts for the Granata, whilst Maxi Lopez partnered Fabio Quagliarella upfront.

Visitors Pescara made a bright start, but took the lead in fortuitous circumstances when Michele Fornasier's header hit the post and then Toro keeper Salvador Ichazo before finding the back of the net.

However, Torino were level ten minutes later, with Daniele Baselli scoring a debut goal after a great assist from Fabio Quagliarella.

And it only took five more minutes for Toro to take the lead, and once again it was another new signing as Afriyie Acquah finished calmly despite his initial shot being blocked by the Pescara defender.

Midway through the second half, Torino added a third goal after a clever set piece routine allowed Maxi Lopez to tap home after Vincenzo Fiorillo could only parry Quagliarella's cross.

Venezuelan striker Josef Martinez was only on the pitch for a matter of seconds before he added a fourth goal with a fine individual effort.

Torino will now face either Catania or Cesena in the next round, and if they get through that game, they will face a tie against holders Juventus in the last 16.

Forza Toro

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Torino v Pescara Preview

Torino will begin the 2015/2016 season with a Coppa Italia fixture against Serie B side Pescara on Sunday evening.

The Granata have made a number of new acquisitions during the summer, so Davide Zappacosta, Joel Obi, Afriyie Acquah and Danielle Baselli could all make their Toro debuts.

Defender Nikola Maksimovic, who has been linked with a move away to Napoli is also included in the squad.

Pescara have already played one competitive game this season. a 2-0 victory over Südtirol in the previous round of the competition, therefore, they may have the fitness advantage over Torino.

Prediction
Torino 2-0  Pescara

Friday, 31 July 2015

Serie A 2015/16 Fixtures Released

Torino will begin the 2015/16 Serie A season with an away fixture against newly promoted Frosinone on August 23rd.

Frosinone are coached by former Torino striker Roberto Stellone, who made 113 appearances for the Granata between 2005 and 2009.

The first Derby Della Mole will take place on the weekend of November 1st at the Juventus Stadium, whilst the return fixture will take place in March.

For the second time in three seasons, Toro will finish the season with an away trip in Tuscany, but this time, Empoli will be the opponents.

Forza Toro!