Monday, 17 February 2020

AC Milan v Torino Preview

Torino travel to the San Siro hoping to avoid a fifth consecutive Serie A defeat, and earn Moreno Longo his first positive result as Toro coach.

Cristian Ansaldi should return to the starting eleven following injury, whilst Bremer - who scored twice in the Coppa Italia tie three weeks ago - is expected to replace the suspended Armando Izzo.

The home side suffered a disappointing defeat in the Milan Derby a week ago, losing 4-2 despite being 2-0 up at half time.

Prediction
AC Milan 1-1 Torino

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Torino 1-3 Sampdoria

Moreno Longo's first game in charge of Torino ended in defeat as they lost 3-1 to Sampdoria despite taking the lead.

Armando Izzo and Sasa Lukic lukic returned to the side following suspension, whilst Lyanco was preferred to Bremer and Koffi Djidji in the back three.

The first half was an even affair, with Alex Berenguer having the best chance for the Granata, whilst Gaston Ramirez forced Salvatore Sirigu into making a save.

Early in the second half, Toro took the lead as Berenguer's pass found Simone Verdi, and the Summer signing finally scored his first goal for the club.

However, Sampdoria were level with twenty minutes remaining thanks to Gaston Ramirez's excellent free kick. Incredibly, five minutes later, the away side were ahead as Toro switched off from a throw in and the former Southampton man Ramirez was on hand to volley home.

The game was then over as a contest when Armando Izzo received his second red card in as many games for pulling back Fabio Quagliarella in the area. The former Toro man stepped up to take the penalty and powered it down the middle to secure all three points for Samp.

Forza Toro

Saturday, 8 February 2020

Torino v Sampdoria Preview

Torino host Sampdoria on Saturday evening as Moreno Longo takes charge of his boyhood club for the first time.

Armando Izzo and Sasa Lukic are both available again following suspension, whilst Cristian Ansaldi is included in the squad following injury.

Sampdoria have only won one of their last six matches, and are only four points clear of the relegation zone, following a 4-2 home defeat against Napoli in their last match.

Prediction
Torino 2-1 Sampdoria

Lecce 4-0 Torino

It was another embarrassing night for Torino as they fell to a heavy defeat against Lecce on Sunday evening, a result that ultimately cost Walter Mazzarri his job.

After the disappointing defeats against Sassuolo and Atalanta, Toro needed to produce a performance in Puglia, but made the worst possible start.

With only ten minutes gone, Riccardo Saponara pulled a corner back for Alessandro Deiola to fire past Salvatore Sirigu in the Toro goal.

The home side then doubled that lead moments later as Antonin Barak was left unmarked to volley home.

It could have been 3-0 before half time, but Salvatore Sirigu made a great save to deny Gianluca Lapadula from close range.

However, things did not improve for the Granata after the break, as Sirigu was once again forced into making another save to deny Lapadula.

However, the Italian international had absolutely no chance with Lecce's third goal, as Filippo Falco scored the goal of the game from just outside the area that flew into the top corner.

Gianluca Lapadula finally got his goal as he scored from the penalty spot after Bremer fouled substitute Yevhen Shakhov in the area with twelve minutes remaining.

Andrea Belotti almost scored a late consolation goal, but the Toro captain was denied by Mauro Vigorito to seal a miserable night for the Granata.

The Toro supporters in attendance in Lecce made their views regarding coach Walter Mazzarri perfectly clear at the final whistle, and on Tuesday afternoon it was confirmed that Mazzarri would leave the club by mutual consent.

Mazzarri's replacement will be former Toro player and Primavera coach Moreno Longo who has achieved managerial success with both Pro Vercelli and Frosinone.

Forza Toro

Saturday, 1 February 2020

Lecce v Torino Preview

Torino will travel to Puglia on Sunday evening as they face Lecce looking to end a run of three consecutive defeats.

Toro performed well in the Coppa Italia defeat against AC Milan in midweek, but are still due a performance to make up for their embarrassing 7-0 home defeat against Atalanta a week ago.

Lecce have failed to win a home game all season, but have held both Juventus and Inter to draws at the Stadio del Mare, and also beat Toro in the reverse fixture back in September.

Prediction
Lecce 1-1 Torino

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

AC Milan 4-2 Torino (AET)

Torino were moments away from a place in the Coppa Italia Semi Finals, but late heartbreak resulted in an extra time defeat to AC Milan on Tuesday evening.

The home side took an early lead through Giacomo Bonaventura following good work by Ante Rebic. However, Toro got a deserved equaliser from an unlikely source as Brazilian centre back Bremer galloped forward and finished like a prolific striker.

With twenty minutes remaining, Toro took the lead when Ola Aina's excellent crossed was headed home by Bremer, to get his second goal of the game.

In the first minute of injury time, substitute Hakan Calhanoglu equalised for Milan as his long range strike deflected off Koffi Djidji and past Salvatore Sirigu in the Toro goal to take the match to extra time.

In the first half of extra time, Toro had some good opportunities but were unable to find a breakthrough. The Granata were then punished as at the start of the second half, Calhanoglu fired and excellent shot past Sirigu to give the home side the lead. Moments later, Milan added a fourth goal when substitutes Rafael Leão and Zlatan Ibrahimovic combined to ensure it was the Rossoneri who progressed to the Semi Finals.

Forza Toro

Monday, 27 January 2020

Torino 0-7 Atalanta

Torino suffered their heaviest home defeat in history on a night to forget at the Stadio Grande Torino on Saturday evening.

Atalanta took an early lead when poor defending from Diego Laxalt allowed José Palomino to charge down his attempted clearance, and then provide an excellent cross to allow Josip Iličić to score.

The away side doubled their lead ten minutes later when German wing back Robin Gosens volleyed home from outside the area following a corner.

It was 3-0 just before half time when the referee awarded a generous penalty when Sasa Lukic pulled back Iličić in the area, and Duvan Zapata made no mistake from the spot.

Torino actually made a bright start to the second half, and had a chance to pull a goal back, but Andrea Belotti was denied by Pierluigi Gollini.

However, the game was put beyond any doubt after a moment of genius by Josip Iličić. The Slovenian reacted quickly when a free kick was awarded to Atalanta on the half way line, and he shot directly at goal to catch Salvatore Sirigu off his line.

Toro struggled to recover psychologically from that goal, and conceded almost immediately from kick off as Iličić found himself unmarked to complete his hat trick.

The home side then lost their discipline at 5-0 down, as Armando Izzo was sent off for a second yellow card.

Atalanta were awarded a second penalty of the match when Soualiho Meite upended Rafael Tolói in the area. Substitute Luis Muriel sent Salvatore Sirigu the wrong way to make it 6-0, whilst the Columbian striker then made it 7-0 moments later.

Toro were reduced to nine men in stoppage time when Sasa Lukic received a straight red card for a late challenge on Papu Gomez as the Granata faithful looked on in disbelief of what they had just witnessed.

Forza Toro