Sunday, 27 March 2011

Ascoli 0-4 Torino

Franco Lerda's return as Torino manager was a successful one as they enjoyed an emphatic 4-0 victory away at Ascoli, and gave their fans renewed hope of achieving a playoff birth. After a miserable one month period, in which Torino had lost four consecutive games, sacked two managers, and then rehired Franco Lerda, the man they had previously sacked, Torino's stylish return to winning ways was unexpected but long overdue.

Torino got off to an ideal start, with Rolando Bianchi ending his mini goal drought when he headed home after just seven minutes. On the stroke of half time, Torino doubled their lead, when Luciano Zavagno's fine cross found Bianchi whose bullet header gave the home goalkeeper no chance. Just sixty seconds into the second half, Torino got their third goal in fortunate circumstances after Alessandro Budel's free kick was diverted into his own net by Vasco FaĆ­sca.

However, the game was not over just yet, and Ascoli had an opportunity to gain a foothold in the match just one minute later when Claudio Rivalta's handball gave them a penalty. However, Luigi Giorgi saw his spot kick saved by Rubinho in the Torino goal, and when Mirco Antenucci added a fourth goal with a outstanding curling effort, the result was beyond doubt.

Whilst it would be wrong to ignore all the problems that led to Torino losing four consecutive games in the first place, this result will certainly give renewed hope that all may not be lost in this season. As things stand, Torino are just one point away from the final playoff position, and if the team can display the same degree of team spirit and quality that was shown in this match in their remaining fixtures, then there is no reason why they can't reach the playoffs.


  1. Thanks once again for your match report. I managed to catch the last hour of the game after work on myp2p and was impressed by the performance. Hopefully the team can push on from this and grab a playoff place. It certainly seems ive picked an exciting time to start following the team! I was just wondering what you thought the chances were of torino securing a playoff place was as someone whose supported them for some time is? Also as well as the obvious with bianchi who are the other star players in the team or is it very much a team reliant on bianchi? Thanks once again for your blog and i look forward to reading your next update.

  2. Even I was surprised with that performance, I think that was the first time we have won 4-0 since I started supporting them in 2005. I think we certainly have a chance to get a playoff position, hopefully that win can start a good run of form, and now is a great time to start getting wins toghether. Bianchi is certainly the star of the team and is quite over reliant on him, usually if he doesn't play well nor does the team.

    I've also been really impressed by the centre back Angelo Ogbonna who came through the clubs youth academy, and has been linked with Arsenal and Everton in the past. If we don't manage to get promoted this season, sadly I reckon those two will leave, though I did think that last season aswell, but they stayed.