Sunday, 22 January 2012

Cittadella 1-1 Torino

Torino failed to win away from home once again as they could only manage a draw against Cittadella on Saturday afternoon.

New signing Riccardo Meggiorini started the game on the bench alongside captain Rolando Bianchi, as the in-form Mirco Antenucci and Alessandro Sgrigna started up front.

It was the home side who had a dream start after just five minutes as poor Torino defending from a corner enabled Daniele Gasparetto to stab home. However, just ten minutes later the Granata equalised with their first chance of the game. The goal came after great link up play by Alessandro Sgrigna who played in strike partner Mirco Antenucci, who finished calmly into the bottom corner.

Toro nearly took the lead after fantastic wing play by Alen Stevanovic, who first made Luca Martinelli fall on his backside, before delivering a cross that was well intercepted by home captain Francesco Scardina.

Torino had the better of the second half, and Alessandro Sgrigna and Juan Surraco both should have done better when well placed in the final third. With twenty minutes left, Toro were forced to change their goalkeeper as Ferdinando Coppola was stretchered off after a collision with home striker Robert Maah.

Riccardo Meggiorini came off the bench to make his debut, and the striker came so close to becoming an instant hero, but his left footed "toe-poke" went narrowly wide. Toro then had a fantastic chance to score the winner when Manuel Iori's fantastic pass found the in-form Mirco Antenucci, (who had scored Torino's last three goals) but his side footed shot was saved by the legs of Alex Cordaz from just seven yards out.

In injury time, the Granata still managed to create one last chance, but substitute Rolando Bianchi was unable to connect with Antenucci's cross from the left. This draw, combined with victories for Sassuolo, Hellas Verona and Pescara means that the race for promotion is tighter than ever,  and that Sassuolo have now overtaken Toro at the top of the Serie B table, albeit on goal difference.

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