Sunday, 30 January 2011

Crotone 1-1 Torino

Torino regained their place in the Serie B playoff positions after a hard fought draw away to Crotone. Torino. who are still without a win since the winter break gave new signing Mirco Antenucci a debut, as Franco Lerda's team lined up in an unfamiliar 4-3-1-2 formation.

After an opening period in which both sides exchanged long ranged efforts, Crotone had an excellent opportunity to open the scoring from the penalty spot, after Paulo Zanetti was harshly penalised for handball mid way through the second half. However, Torino goalkeeper Davide Bassi made a magnificent save as he dived low to his right to save Ciro Ginestra's spot kick. Despite Bassi's heroics, Torino found themselves 1-0 down ten minutes later, after an outstanding curling shot from 20 yards by Aniello Cutolo. Toro levelled soon afterwards though, as they did in the recent away game at Padova, and once again it was Rolando Bianchi who got the breakthrough. Bianchi scored after Crotone goalkeeper Vid Belec was only able to parry Antenucci's shot, and Bianchi was there to capitalise. In fact, Rolando Bianchi is the only Torino player to score in 2011, and this is an issue coach Franco Lerda will be keen to address, and once again it emphasises how important the former Manchester City striker is to the team.

The game finished with the points shared, and Paulo Zanetti's afternoon got worse after he received a second yellow card for dissent after the final whistle, with the midfielder still infuriated by the referee's decision to award Crotone a penalty.

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