Monday, 29 May 2017

Torino 5-3 Sassuolo

Torino's final 90 minutes of the 2016/17 Serie A season was an entertaining encounter which typified their campaign as a whole as they beat Sassuolo 5-3 at the Stadio Grande Torino.

Toro took the lead with only six minutes on the clock as Lucas Boyé collected the ball on the left wing before beating his man and curling an inch-perfect shot into the far corner to score his first Serie A goal.

However,  Sassuolo were level less than ten minutes later, as despite Joe Hart's excellent save from Stefano Sensi, Gregoire Defrel was on hand to score. That goal would mean that Hart would not end his Toro career with a clean sheet - and that the Granata would fail to keep a clean sheet in the entire second half of the season.

Toro regained the lead when Andrea Belotti's exquisite assist gave Daniele Baselli the freedom of the Stadio Grande Torino to pick his spot and score.

Defrel grabbed his second equaliser of the game when he converted Matteo Politano's inadvertent pass and fired passed Joe Hart. Torino re-gained the lead on the stroke of half time when Lorenzo De Silvestri scored his first goal for the club after finishing a move that he started.

Iago Falque added a fourth for Toro after capitalising on a heavy touch from his own team mate Andrea Belotti which then presented the ball on a plate for the former Roma winger. However, Belotti would have a much deserved goal of his own to celebrate as he fired past Gianluca Pegolo to add a fifth.

Gregoire Defrel was able to complete his hat trick from the penalty spot after substitute Juan Iturbe upended Pol Lirola.

Toro ended what has been a mixed campaign on a high with and entertaining final game which secured a 9th placed finish in Sinisa Mihajlovic's debut season.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Torino v Sassuolo Preview

Torino will conclude their 2016/17  Serie A season with a home fixture against Sassuolo at the Stadio. Grande Torino on Sunday evening.

The Granata will either finish 9th or 10th in Sinisa Mihajlovic's debut season, a campaign which promised much initially,  but an inability to keep clean sheets ruined Toro's hopes of European qualification. In fact, Toro's last clean sheet was actually against Sassuolo back in January.

Adem Ljajic is suspended so Toro may revert back to a 4-3-3 formation, whilst Joe Hart will almost certainly be playing his last game for the club as his loan deal expires at the end of this game.

Sassuolo have won three of their last five games and are looking for a top 10 finish for a second consecutive season.

Prediction
Torino 2-2 Sassuolo

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Genoa 2-1 Torino

Torino fell to a second successive Serie A defeat after a 2-1 defeat against lowly Genoa on Sunday afternoon.

The home side started the brighter, as they knew that a victory could secure their Serie A status and took the lead just after the half hour mark when Luca Rigoni turned in a free kick from close range.

Toro were struggling to create chances against their more motivated hosts, who doubled their lead ten minutes into the second half when Giovanni Simeone was on hand to score after Joe Hart parried Darko Lazovic's initial shot.

Toro did get a goal back in the dying minutes when Adem Ljajic's free kick deflected off the wall and into the net - but there was to be no way back for the Granata.

Forza Toro

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Genoa v Torino Preview

Torino will travel to Genoa for their last away game of the season on Sunday afternoon looking for redemption after last weekend's embarrassing home defeat.

Sinisa Mihajlovic has said that he demands a reaction from his players following their 5-0 home defeat against Napoli, and the team have been in ritiro in order to prepare for this match.

Andrea Belotti is still in the hunt for the Capocannoniere, but is three goals behind Edin Dzeko who has 28 goals for the campaign.

Genoa are only two points above the relegation zone and are desperate for a victory in order to maintain their Serie A status for next season.

Prediction
Genoa 2-2 Torino

Monday, 15 May 2017

Torino 0-5 Napoli

Torino lost only their second home game of the season as they fell to an embarrassing 5-0 defeat to Napoli on Sunday afternoon.

Carlão and Marco Benassi came into the starting eleven to replace the suspended Emiliano Moretti and Afriyie Acquah but made the worst possible start.

After only seven minutes, José Callejón fired the away side into the lead as he slid the ball past Joe Hart from an acute angle.

Toro were struggling to create clear cut chances, but in the early stages of the second half, Lucas Boyé almost scored his first Serie A goal but curled his shot narrowly wide.

The Granata were made to pay for that miss, as Lorenzo Insigne doubled Napoli's lead following Dries Mertens' assist. The Belgian then scored a goal of his own as he beat Joe Hart at his near post with a fierce shot.

Quick fire goals from José Callejón and Piotr Zielinski followed as Torino were dealt a heavy defeat in their penultimate home game of the season.

Forza Toro

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Torino v Napoli Preview

Torino will look to recover from the disappointment of conceding late on against Juventus when they host Napoli on Sunday afternoon,

Toro are unbeaten in their last seven matches, but have not won any of their last four home fixtures and are without a clean sheet since January.

The Granata will be without the suspended Emiliano Moretti and Afriyie Acquah so will have to make at least two changes from the side that came so close to beating Juve.

Napoli are competing with Roma to finish 2nd and avoid the dreaded Champions League playoff and are on their own long unbeaten run, and have won 7 of their last 8 away games.

Prediction
Torino 2-2 Napoli

Monday, 8 May 2017

Juventus 1-1 Torino

Torino suffered late Derby Della Mole heartbreak for the third consecutive season as Gonzalo Higuaín scored a 92nd minute equaliser to deny 10 man Toro a famous victory.

Emiliano Moretti partnered Luca Rossettini in the centre of defence, whilst Lucas Boyé was chosen in place of Juan Iturbe.

Juventus had the first chance of the game as Mehdi Benatia headed against the bar, whilst Leonardo Bonucci then blazed over from close range.

Joe Hart then made good saves to deny first Stephan Lichtsteiner, and then Paulo Dybala as Toro went in at the break level.

Seven minutes into the second half, Toro were awarded a free kick around twenty-five yards out when Kwadwo Asamoah handled the ball. Adem Ljajic stepped up and hit an inch perfect free kick into the top corner to give the Granata a shock lead.

However Toro's joy soon turned to dismay five minutes later when midfielder Afriyie Acquah was controversially dismissed after receiving a second yellow card for a challenge on Mario Mandžukić. Replays appeared to show that the Ghanaian midfielder did win the ball, and to make matters worse, Granata coach Siniša Mihajlović was dismissed from the touchline for his protestations.

Tomás Rincón and Sami Khedira both missed good chances for the home side, and just when it looked as though Toro may record a memorable victory, subsititute Higuaín struck.

The Argentine striker collected the ball just outside the area before hitting a fiece half-volley into the bottom corner to break Torino hearts.