Thursday, 3 May 2012

Livorno 0-1 Torino

Torino maintained their lead at the top of the table after a hard-fought 1-0 win against struggling Livorno on Tuesday evening.

Toro made five changes from the team that beat Crotone on Saturday, as Danilo D'Ambrosio, Giuseppe Vives, Alen Stevanovic, Riccardo Meggiorini and Rolando Bianchi came into the starting eleven.

The away side started the game brightly, perhaps knowing that because of Sassuolo and Pescara's impressive victories earlier in the day, a win was absolutely vital. Captain Rolando Bianchi almost opened the scoring, but his volley was turned away for a corner by Francesco Bardi in the Livorno goal.

The home side came close to taking the lead direct from a Pasquale Schiattarella corner, but Francesco Benussi did well to deny him. Instead, seven minutes before half time, it was Toro who took the lead, when Giuseppe Vives' cross was met by Riccardo Meggiorini's diving header to net only his second goal for the club.

An uneventful second half was almost sparked into life by the lively Livorno striker Federico Dionisi, but his turn and shot was easily save by Benussi. Once again, despite their only being a one goal margin between the two teams, the Torino defence held out relatively comfortably in the closing stages to seal an important victory.

However, Torino's next three games will certainly let us know whether they can achieve their promotion dream this season, and if they can get positive results against three Top 7 sides - Padova, Pescara and Sassuolo, then those dreams could become reality.

Forza Torino

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