Monday, 11 February 2013

Udinese 1-0 Torino

Torino's seven match unbeaten run came to an end in controversial circumstances, as they were defeated 1-0 by Udinese on Sunday afternoon.

For the fourth game in succession, coach Giampiero Ventura named the same starting eleven - which meant despite recovering from injury, Angelo Ogbonna had to make do with a place on the bench.
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Belgian goalkeeper Jean-Francois Gillet was busy in the early stages, as he had to make two saves to deny Antonion Di Natale and then Giampiero Pinzi. However the home side did take the lead moments later, as although Gillet did well to save Di Natale's initial long range shot, Argentine winger Roberto Pereyra was on hand to side foot into an empty net.

The Granata defence that has been so solid in recent weeks was looking surprisingly vulnerable, and Udinese almost doubled their lead, but Maicosuel's shot rebounded off the post. Despite it being a first half to forget for Toro, on the stroke of half time they probably should have been awarded a penalty when Udinese defender Allan fouled Mario Santana inside the area.

Torino almost got back onto level terms in sensational style, but Alessio Cerci's long range effort hit the bar with Udinese keeper Daniele Padelli stranded. Giampiero Ventura brought on strikers Jonathas and Abou Diop in search of an equaliser, and it was the former who came close to scoring, but his goal bound header was deflected off target by a Udinese defender.

Despite dominating possession in the second half, Toro still couldn't find a breakthrough - and therefore their unbeaten record was ended in disappointing fashion. However, with a number of winnable games on the horizon (including Atalanta at home on Sunday) then Torino's march up the table can hopefully continue.

Forza Torino

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