Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Udinese 1-1 Torino

Torino once again suffered a VAR controversy as Alex Berenguer had a goal wrongly disallowed in a 1-1 draw at Udinese.

With Ola Aina not fit enough to start the game, Berenguer started at left wing back, whilst Daniele Baselli was preferred to Tomas Rincon in midfield.

After twelve minutes, Toro had a goal disallowed when Berenguer headed past Simone Scuffet, but replays showed the Spaniard was onside. However, as referee Paolo Valeri had already blown his whistle, it was not possible to refer to VAR.

Lorenzo De Silvestri had a great chance to give Toro the lead, but he fired his shot wide of the far post.

Udinese took the lead just before the half hour against the run of play after a counter attack and Rodrigo De Paul's long range effort deflected off Nicolas N'Koulou and past Salvatore Sirigu.

Andrea Belotti should have equalised before half time, but the Toro captain was unable to connect with a volley when well placed.

Torino were on level terms four minutes after half time, when midfielder Soualiho Meïté scored his second goal for the club with an excellent left footed strike from outside the area.

Substitute Ola Aina had Toro's best chance to win the game, but he blazed his shot over the bar after a promising run, and the Granata had to settle for a point.

Forza Toro

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Udinese v Torino Preview

Torino will look to make it back-to-back victories when they travel to face Udinese on Sunday afternoon.

Ola Aina is included in the squad following injury, but if he is not fully fit, Vittorio Parigini could make his first appearance for the club.

Udinese have made a similar start to Torino, earning four points from their opening three games, with their only victory being a 1-0 home win against Sampdoria.

Prediction
Udinese 1-2 Torino

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Torino 1-0 SPAL

Torino won their first Serie A game of the season with a narrow 1-0 victory in a rain-affected game against SPAL.

As expected, Ola Aina made his first start for the Granata, whilst Simone Zaza had to make do with a place on the bench once again.

Andrea Belotti had Torino's first chance, but he was denied by former Toro keeper Alfred Gomis at the near post. After seventeen minutes, the match was suspended as the torrential rain in Turin made the pitch virtually unplayable.

As the rain stopped, the match resumed an hour later, and Toro should have found themselves behind when Andrea Petagna found space in the area, but the former Atalanta man curled his shot wide of the target.

Toro took the head in the early stages of the second half, as Roberto Soriano's excellent cross was headed home by Nicolas N'Koulou.

Salvatore Sirigu continued his fine start to the season by saving Mohamed Fares' free kick that had almost managed to evade every player in the box.

Simone Zaza finally made his debut in a Torino shirt, and should have had a first goal, but rushed his shot when well placed.

However, Toro held on for a crucial first victory, and although not a classic performance, given the difficult stop-start nature of the contest, this was perhaps understandable.

Forza Toro

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Torino v SPAL Preview

Torino will look to earn their first Serie A victory of the new season when they host SPAL on Sunday evening.

It has been a busy week for the Granata, with both M'Baye Niang and Adem Ljajic leaving the club on loan.

Daniele Baselli has recovered from injury, so could replace Roberto Soriano in the starting eleven, whilst Ola Aina should make his first start for the club after impressing after replacing the injured Cristian Ansaldi against Inter.

SPAL have made a perfect start to the Serie A so far after narrow victories against Bologna and Parma. The winning goals in both of those games were scored by former Toro players, Jasmin Kurtic and Mirco Antenucci - whilst goalkeeper Alfred Gomis, who has kept two clean sheets, is also a former Granata player.

Prediction
Torino 2-0 SPAL

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Inter 2-2 Torino

Torino came back from 2-0 down at half time to earn a deserved point against Inter at the San Siro on Sunday evening.

Cristian Ansaldi returned from suspension to start at left wing back, whilst Roberto Soriano made his first start for the club replacing the injured Daniele Baselli.

The home side took the lead after just six minutes when Mauro Icardi crossed for Ivan Perisic to smash home.

Toro were unusually poor in the first half, and conceded a second goal when Stefan De Vrij headed home Matteo Politano's free kick just after the half hour mark.

After a few harsh words by coach Walter Mazzarri at half time, Torino emerged as a different team in the second half and reduced the deficit after fifty-six minutes.

Iago Falque's was inside his own half when he found an inch perfect pass for strike partner Andrea Belotti, whose first touch beat Samir Handanovic and second touch found the back of the net.

Torino were then level twelve minutes later, as Soualiho Meite collected a loose ball on the edge of the area, took it past Ivan Perisic and his deflected shot then beat Handanovic for the second time.

Incredibly, Toro then had chances to win the game as Andrea Belotti volleyed just over the bar from Ola Aina's clever knock down and substitute Adem Ljajic forced a save from Handanovic.

In the dying moments, Torino keeper Salvatore Sirigu made a sensational save from Perisic's long range strike to ensure the Granata went back to Turin with a deserved point.

Forza Toro

Sunday, 26 August 2018

Inter v Torino Preview

Torino will look to get their first points of the new season when they make the short trip to Milan to face Inter on Sunday evening.

Lorenzo De Silvestri and Armando Izzo have recovered from injuries picked up in the defeat against Roma, but Daniele Baselli was injured in training and will likely be replaced by Roberto Soriano.

Inter also lost on the opening weekend, a shock 1-0 defeat at Sassuolo and coach Luciano Spalletti is expected to make a number of changes from that match.

Prediction
Inter 2-1 Torino

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Torino 0-1 Roma

Torino started the season with a defeat after a last minute wonder goal by Edin Dzeko condemned the Granata to an undeserved defeat.

Armando Izzo and Soualiho Meite made their league debuts for Torino whilst deadline day signings Roberto Soriano and Simone Zaza started on the bench.

Roma made the better start and could have been ahead through Edin Dzeko, but the Bosnian missed the target from close range. However, Toro had the best chance of the half following a quick fire counter attack led to Tomas Rincon hitting the bar.

Torino thought they had taken the lead in the early stages of the second half, when substitute Ola Aina crossed for Iago Falque to score, but the goal was disallowed after a VAR review showed Aina to be narrowly offside.

Soualiho Meite went close to a first Toro goal but his long range effort was well saved by Robin Olsen.

In the dying stages, Roma claimed all three points when Justin Kluivert's deep cross was expertly volleyed home to deny Torino a deserved point.

Forza Toro