Torino achieved their second consecutive victory after Rolando Bianchi's first half header gave the Granata all three points in a difficult away fixture against Portogruaro.
Bianchi was restored to the starting line up, at the expense of Biagio Pagano and that proved to be the right decision as he headed home Luciano Zavagno's cross to give Toro the lead. Torino restricted their hosts to half chances, and could have extended their lead as both Alessandro Pellicori and Dejan Lazarevic forced good saves from the home goalkeeper. Bianchi was substituted in the second half due to a slight calf injury, but is expected to be fit for Wednesday's home game against Atalanta. Despite this victory, Torino still find themselves outside the playoff positions because all of their immediate rivals also won, but it is only goal difference that separates them from the top six.