Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Roma 3-2 Torino

Torino's unbeaten away record is no more as they were beaten 3-2 in the Italian capital by Roma on Saturday afternoon.

In the absence of the suspended Armando Izzo, Lyanco made his first league start in over a year, whilst an injury crisis in midfield forced Cristian Ansaldi to play as a makeshift centre midfielder. A late injury in the warm up for Sasa Lukic meant a change in formation and a rare start for Vittorio Parigini.

Despite a bright start, Toro were behind after only fifteen minutes when they failed to clear a set piece, and whilst Nicolo Zaniolo's initial shot was saved by Salvatore Sirigu, he was still able to have a second shot which went past the former PSG keeper.

Roma doubled their lead ten minutes before half time when Salvatore Sirigu upended snooker fanatic Stephen El Shaarawy in the area. That allowed Aleksander Kolarov to step up and send Sirigu the wrong way.

Toro had a chance to reduce the deficit just before half time, but Iago Falque could only hit the post when through on goal.

However, Torino looked a totally different team after half time, and it only took them six minutes to  get a goal back, through Tomas Rincon's curling effort from just outside the area.

Mid way through the second half, Torino then scored a deserved equaliser thanks to Cristian Ansaldi's excellent first time volley from nearly twenty-five yards.

However, just five minutes later, Roma regained the lead thanks to El Shaarawy's calm finish following Lorenzo Pellegrini's excellent through ball.

Toro thought they should have had a penalty following a foul by Robin Olsen on Andrea Belotti, but it was not given, and the Granata lost their first away game of the season.

Forza Toro

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Roma v Torino Preview

Torino travel to Rome on Saturday afternoon for their first Serie A game of 2019 hoping to maintain their impressive away record.

The Granata are unbeaten away from home this season, but that has included eight draws and only two victories.

Toro will be without the suspended Armando Izzo and Soualiho Meïté for the game, whilst Emiliano Moretti and Daniele Baselli are injured.

With so many absentees, Walter Mazzarri has included three Primavera products in the squad, defender Erick Ferigra, midfielder Michel Adopo and striker Vincenzo Millico, who has scored a remarkable 21 goals already this season.

Roma are currently three points above Toro, and have won three of their last four home games in the league.

Prediction
Roma 2-1 Torino

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Torino 0-2 Fiorentina

Torino were knocked out of the Coppa Italia by Fiorentina on Sunday afternoon after conceding two late Federico Chiesa goals.

As expected, Toro named their strongest available line up, although Simone Zaza picked up an injury in training so was not on the bench.

In a first half devoid of quality, it was the away side who had the best chances, with Jordan Veretout and then Kevin Mirallas both forcing Salvatore Sirigu into saves.

Toro made a much better start to the second half, and Andrea Belotti had a great chance at the far post, but his volley was blocked.

Lorenzo De Silvestri had a good chance after Ola Aina's excellent cross, but the wing back headed over the bar. The former Fiorentina man then thought he had made amends and opened the scoring, but his effort, after a lengthy VAR delay, was disallowed.

With three minutes remaining, Torino were caught on the counter attack from their own corner and Giovanni Simeone used his pace to escape the Toro defence. Whilst his shot was saved by Sirigu, Federico Chiesa was on hand to score.

In injury time, the Viola once again caught Toro on the break, as Chiesa outpaced substitute Lyanco and finished well past Sirigu to ensure Fiorentina's passage into the Coppa Italia quarter finals.

Saturday, 12 January 2019

Torino v Fiorentina Preview

Torino will host Fiorentina on Sunday afternoon at the Stadio Grande Torino with a place in the Coppa Italia quarter finals at stake.

Both sides are likely to name a full strength side, with the cup being seen as an extra route to Europa League qualification.

In the Serie A game between the two sides back in October, former Toro midfielder Marco Benassi gave the Viola an early lead, but Toro equalised via an Alban Lafont own goal.

Prediction

Torino 1-1 Fiorentina (Torino to win on penalties)

Sunday, 30 December 2018

Lazio 1-1 Torino

Torino made it to the half way point of the season with their unbeaten away record still in tact as they drew 1-1 with Lazio on Saturday afternoon.

As expected, Salvatore Sirigu and Koffi Djidji returned to the starting eleven, whilst Lorenzo De Silvestri was preferred to Ola Aina at right wing back.

Toro had the first chance of the game, but former Lazio man De Silvestri saw his header from Cristian Ansaldi's cross come back off the post.

At the other end, it was former Toro striker Ciro Immobile who almost opened the scoring, but he was denied by Salvatore Sirigu.

On the stroke of half time, Toro were awarded a penalty when Adam Marusic pushed Andrea Belotti in the area. Belotti stepped up to take the penalty, and his powerful effort did enough to beat Thomas Strakosha.

Torino should have doubled their lead early in the second half when the ball diverted into the path of an unmarked Lorenzo De Silvestri, but the wing back blazed his effort over the bar.

It did not take long for Toro to be punished for that miss, as just after the hour mark, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic equalised with a sensational long range effort.

It was proving not be De Silvestri's day as the defender hit the post again with a header, after first having a shot cleared off the line.

The game had an ill tempered ending as both Adam Marusic and then Soualiho Meïté saw red as both sides had to make do with a point.

Forza Toro

Saturday, 29 December 2018

Lazio v Torino Preview

Torino travel to Rome on Saturday afternoon to face Lazio, hoping to cut the gap to their opponents, and the Champions League places, to only two points.

Salvatore Sirigu has recovered from injury and is included in the squad, whilst Koffi Djidji should also replace Emiliano Moretti in defence.

The home side have recently managed to come into good form, winning their last two matches after previously going five games without a win.

Torino managed to win this fixture 3-1 last season, thanks in part to former Toro player Ciro Immobile being sent off before half time.

Prediction
Lazio 1-1 Torino

Torino 3-0 Empoli

Torino produced one of their most convincing performances of the season on Boxing Day as they beat Empoli 3-0 at the Stadio Grande Torino.

As expected Iago Falque, Andrea Belotti and Simone Zaza all started in attack, whilst Lorenzo De Silvestri came back into the starting eleven.

Andrea Belotti came closest to giving Toro the lead, but first he was denied by goalkeeper Ivan Provedel and then he was denied by the post.

However, on the stroke of half time, Torino got the goal they deserved when Nicolas N'Koulou headed home from a corner.

The Granata doubled their lead four minutes into the second half when Lorenzo De Silvestri fired into the top corner from outside the area with his weaker left foot.

Torino then wrapped up the points thanks to another goal from outside the area, this time it was Iago Falque who fired a low drive into the net from distance.

Forza Toro