Thursday, 27 September 2012

Torino 0-0 Udinese

Torino hit the woodwork an incredible three times during this match, but they could not find a breakthrough against Udinese.

The home side made a number of changes from the team that earned a point at Sampdoria, as Valerio Di Cesare made his Serie A debut, whilst Danilo D'Ambrosio, Alen Stevanovic, Migjen Basha and Gianluca Sansone also came into the eleven.
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Alen Stevanovic, who has struggled to replicate the form he showed last season, came close to opening the scoring, but his powerful shot from distance went over the crossbar. Toro came even closer minutes later, as Migjen Basha almost scored a spectacular half-volley from 30 yards, but his effort hit the crossbar.

Udinese, who chose to rest talisman Antonio Di Natale, were not creating many chances - but in the second half, Valerio Di Cesare did well to intercept a dangerous cross from Willians. At the other end, Toro were continuing to look threatening, and Gianluca Sansone came so close to scoring his first goal for the club, but his left footed volley also hit the crossbar. 

The Granata brought on captain Rolando Bianchi and Mario Santana as they went searching for a deserved winning goal, but once again Toro were denied by the woodwork for an incredible third time. Riccardo Meggiorini and Mario Santana combined well on the edge of the area, and the Argentinean unleashed a fierce left footed shot that rebounded off the post.

In the dying seconds, Torino almost lost the game as Andrea Lazzari's corner found an unmarked Mehdi Benatia, but his header was straight at Jean-Francois Gillet and the game ended goalless. Whilst Torino's defence is looking strong in the early weeks of the season, the fact they have failed to score in three of their five matches is a worry, though they will hopefully re-find their scoring boots at Atalanta on Sunday.

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