Monday, 13 May 2013

Chievo 1-1 Torino

Torino secured their Serie A status for another season thanks to a 1-1 against mid-table Chievo on Sunday afternoon.

Giampiero Ventura kept faith with the 5-3-2 that he has favoured in recent weeks, although surprisingly Valerio Di Cesare was preferred to Kamil Glik in defence.
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Things started disastrously for Torino as they were behind within ten minutes, after Valerio Di Cesare's untimely slip allowed Cyril Théréau to drill the ball past Gillet. Toro responded brightly and Christian Puggioni made an outstanding double save to deny both Migjen Basha and then Di Cesare in quick succession.

However, Torino were awarded a penalty moments later after Dario Dainelli's clumsy foul on Angelo Ogbonna - and Alessio Cerci converted the spot kick to equalise. The Granata almost took the lead soon afterwards, when Vives' excellent through ball put Paulo Barreto through on goal, but after rounding Puggioni, the striker's shot hit the side netting.

Toro were continuing to dominate, and Alessio Cerci almost scored again but his left footed curler went wide of the far post. The visitors should have had another penalty in the second half, when Bostjan Cesar blatantly upended Ogbonna in the area, but this time the referee didn't point to the spot.

Alessio Cerci and Matteo Brighi both had excellent chances to score a winner for Torino in the closing stages, but they were made to settle for a point - and because of Palermo's defeat at Fiorentina, it ensured that they would maintain their Serie A status.

This season has certainly been an odd one for Torino, as apart from the last couple of weeks they were never really involved in a relegation battle, and at one stage, a top 10 finish even seemed possible. However, their poor form towards the end of the season has raised question marks about Giampiero Ventura's long term future at the club.
Forza Torino

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