Sunday, 3 February 2013

Torino 0-0 Sampdoria

Torino extended their unbeaten record to seven matches after recording their fifth 0-0 draw of the season against in-form Sampdoria.

Giampiero Ventura stuck with the same team that was so impressive against both Inter and Pescara, which meant that Rolando Bianchi once again started on the bench.
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The visitors started brightly, and young striker Mauro Icardi almost got on the end of a route one ball from the defence, but it was acrobatically intercepted by Jean-Francois Gillet. At the other end, Toro came close to taking the lead via Alessio Cerci's deflected volley, but it was tipped around the post by Sergio Romero.

Kamil Glik was agonisingly close to giving Torino the lead from a corner soon afterwards, and it took an incredible piece of defending from Daniele Gasteldello to deny him. The home side continued to dominate, and Paulo Barreto should have scored his first goal for the club, but his header from six yards out went over the bar.

Chances were limited in the second half, and captain Rolando Bianchi came on after 64 minutes in an attempt to force an opening. However the next chance came from an unlikely source, as it was central defender Glik who attempted an ambitious overhead kick from fifteen yards, but it was easily claimed by Romero.

In the closing stages, Brazilian striker Jonathas came on for his debut for Torino - as he replaced fellow countryman Paulo Barreto, but unfortunately he could not make an instant impact, and the game finished goalless. Whilst Torino probably had the better of the match, a point was a good result as it continued their impressive unbeaten record, and temporarily at least, puts them ten points clear of the relegation zone.

Forza Torino

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