Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Vicenza 1-0 Torino

Torino's promotion hopes were dealt yet another severe blow as they succumbed to another defeat, this time away to Vicenza. This latest defeat was Toro's fourth defeat in their last six games, and it seems the victories against Pescara and Portogruaro may only have been a temporary reprieve from what has been a disappointing second half of the season.

Torino had the first meaningful effort in the game, as captain Rolando Bianchi received the ball outside the area, and unleashed a long range shot that went narrowly over the bar. However, the turning point in the game occurred just before the half hour mark, when Stefano Botta was fouled by Toro goalkeeper David Bassi, to give the home side a penalty. The award of the penalty could perhaps be described as harsh, and the penalty was converted by former Torino striker Elvis Abbruscato to give Vicenza the lead.

Torino had opportunities to equalise in the second half, the best of which fell to Bianchi, who was extremely unlucky to see his fierce volley hit the crossbar.

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