Monday, 15 April 2013

Torino 1-2 Roma

Torino fell to a second successive home defeat as they were beaten 2-1 by Roma on Sunday afternoon, despite dominating for much of the game.

Rolando Bianchi was rewarded for his last gasp goal at Bologna as the captain returned to the starting eleven, but somewhat surprisingly, he partnered Riccardo Meggiorini and not Paulo Barreto upfront.
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Argentine winger Erik Lamela had Roma's first opportunity, but despite getting in front of Salvatore Masiello, the former River Plate player blazed his effort over the crossbar. However mid-way through the first half the away side did take the lead, as Toro failed to defend a short corner properly, and that allowed full back Federico Balzaretti the space to provide an inch-perfect cross for Pablo Osvaldo whose looping header beat Gillet.

Toro almost responded immediately, as former Roma player Alessio Cerci suddenly discovered that he possessed Beckham-like ability from free kicks, but was incredibly unlucky to see his effort bounce back off the post. 

But on the half hour make the Granata did score a deserved equaliser, when the ball fell kindly for Rolando Bianchi in the area, and the captain struck a fierce volley past Maarten Stekelenburg from six yards out. Former Toro defender Balzaretti was receiving a far amount of abuse from the fans he once called his own (before he betrayed them and signed for Juve) and just before half time he was lucky to stay on the pitch after an elbow on Giuseppe Vives, but he was only given a yellow card.

In the second half, Alessio Cerci once again came agonisingly close with a free kick, however this time he was denied by a fine Stekelenburg save as the Dutch international tipped the ball on to the crossbar. 

Roma brought on Francesco Totti in an attempt to regain the lead, and within five minutes he provided the assist for Erik Lamela to put Roma ahead. However, whilst on paper the assist will go down to Totti, in reality it was an outstanding solo effort from the talented Argentine, as he dribbled to the edge of the area before curling an exquisite left footed shot past a helpless Gillet.

Despite only having a brief cameo in this match, Totti was still able to show that even at 36 years of age he is still one of the best players in Serie A, as he twice forced Gillet into making good saves. With ten minutes remaining Toro's hopes of an equaliser were increased when Balzaretti was finally dismissed after receiving a second yellow card for a foul on Cerci.

Toro gave everything in search of an equaliser, but it was nearly an own goal that drew the home side level when substitute Alessandro Florenzi almost sliced Danilo D'Ambrosio's cross into his own net. With the final kick of the match, Angelo Ogbonna let fly from 30 yards, but the ball deflected off Paulo Barreto and went harmlessly wide. 

Despite still being eight points clear of the drop zone, Toro are continuing to give their fans a fright by not finding the victory that should guarantee their place in Serie A for another season. The Granata have only picked up 5 points from a possible 21 since beating Atalanta in February, and a similar run of form in the final six fixtures could see Toro dragged into the mire once more.

Forza Torino


  1. Hi,

    Can you tell me something about Nathan Kabasele?

    Torino loaned him from Anderlecht for their Primavera but have decided not to buy him at the end of the season.

  2. Hi Mate,

    Kabasele was signed just before the end of the transfer window, and like you say was signed for the Primavera team.

    My theory is that this signing could have been an attempt to strengthen our striking options before the prestigious 'Viareggio Cup'.

    Kabasele scored four goals in this competition before ironically being knocked out by Anderlecht on penalties. I would guess that despite these goals, the decision to not sign him may be because they don't feel he is ready yet (young players in Italy are rarely given first team opportunities without going out on loan first).

    I hope this answers your question.


  3. hi rob,
    there are 5 of us coming over from Canada for the torino vs juventus game....we are sitting in the poltroncine grsnata, any idea where those seats are and are they any good?
    really hoping for a torino win and looking forward to watching our first seria a game!

  4. Hi Mate,

    The Polroncine Granata doesn't sound familiar, are you sure it's not the Tribunal Granata or the Distinti Granata?

    If its either of those then they are probably the best areas of the stadium for view, although much of the atmosphere will be in the Curva.

    Hope you have fun.