Monday, 24 September 2012

Sampdoria 1-1 Torino

It was the tale of two penalties at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, as Nicola Pozzi's late spot kick denied Torino all three points on Sunday afternoon.

The Granata made three changes from the side that was defeated by Inter last weekend, as Giuseppe Vives, Alessio Cerci and Riccardo Meggiorini were included in the starting eleven.
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The poor pitch was proving difficult for both sides in the early stages, but Torino almost gifted the home side a goal as an error from Kamil Glik put Maxi Lopez through on goal - but his tame shot was easily saved by Jean Francois Gillet.

Sampdoria continued to have the upper hand, and former Juventus player Enzo Maresca came narrowly close to opening the scoring, but his curling free kick rebounded off the crossbar. Toro's Belgian goalkeeper was certainly earning his money in this game, and he produced another fine save just before half time to deny Samp skipper Daniele Gastaldello.

Toro had more of the ball in the second half, but were still finding it difficult to create clear-cut chances, and were being limited to long range shots. However with twenty minutes remaining, Torino were awarded a penalty after Alessio Cerci was upended by Roberto Soriano in the area. Rolando Bianchi (who had missed his last spot kick against Pescara) stepped up to take the penalty and this time made no mistake and gave Toro a somewhat undeserved lead.

That looked as if it would be enough for Toro to earn their second victory of the season, but with six minutes remaining, Kamil Glik rashly brought down substitute Eder in the area, and the home side were given a spot kick of their own. Fellow substitute Nicola Pozzi converted the penalty, and there was still time left for both sides to find a winning goal.

Sampdoria twice came close to taking all three points, but Jean Francois Gillet continued to perform heroics in the Torino goal. First he reacted quickly to prevent Angelo Ogbonna putting the ball into his own net, and then in the dying seconds, he made another excellent save from Eder's long shot to earn Toro a point.
Forza Torino

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