Saturday, 23 April 2011

Modena 1-1 Torino

Torino were once again thankful for their captain Rolando Bianchi as for the second game in succession he scored a vital equaliser to keep their recent unbeaten streak going.

Despite starting well, Torino continued what may could be seen as a worrying trend by conceding the first goal, and like on Monday against Reggina, it was a goal that was easily avoidable. The goal came from an outstanding cross by Simone Gozzi that was met with an equally good header by Francesco Stanco, and whilst the goal was a good one, questions must be asked as to why the striker was allowed to meet the cross with such ease.

However, unlike on Monday, Torino did not have to wait long for their equaliser, as just seven minutes later they were level. Angelo Ogbonna, who was playing in an unfamiliar right back role, played an exquisite left footed floating cross that went over the head of the defender, to find Bianchi who had beaten the offside trap to volley home from just inside the area. Both sides had chances to win the game in the Second Half, with Torino's best chances falling to Mirco Antenucci who unfortunately could not find a finish.

Despite only managing draws in their last two fixtures, Torino find themselves in the final playoff position, three points clear of Padova in 7th. However, it is sure to be a nerve wracking end of the season as Torino attempt to secure a position in the playoffs, and their final game of the season is against, yes, you guessed it, Padova - in a game that could determine who gains the final position in the playoffs.

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