Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Sampdoria 2-2 Torino

Torino once again dropped two points in the dying seconds as they conceded an injury time penalty against Sampdoria.

The Granata made just the one change from the team that played Juventus last weekend, as the injured Guillermo Rodriguez was replaced by Cesare Bovo.

However, within the opening ten minutes Bovo himself picked up an injury and had to be replaced by Giovanni Pasquale. The on loan Udinese defender was involved in Toro's first attack of the game, but Alessio Cerci was unable to get on the end of his low cross.

A slip from Emiliano Moretti allowed former Toro striker Gianluca Sansone a strike on goal, but he was denied by Daniele Padelli in the Torino goal. However, Sansone did not have long to wait to score his inevitable goal, as he ran from the halfway line before firing a low shot into the bottom corner.

Sampdoria thought they had scored a second goal on the stroke of half time, after Angelo Palombo's free kick was initially saved by Padelli, and Nicola Pozzi converted the rebound. However, referee Andrea Gervasoni controversially disallowed the goal by blowing for half time before Pozzi scored.

Giampiero Ventura bravely changed his formation in the second half, bringing on Riccardo Meggiorini to switch to a 3-4-3 formation, and they were rewarded almost immediately. The home side neglected to mark Ciro Immobile from a corner, and he managed to equalise for Toro at the far post.

The Granata should have taken the lead moments later, but Alessio Cerci was denied by Angelo Da Costa. However, when Angelo Palombo upended the excellent Danilo D'Ambrosio in the area, Cerci made no mistake in beating the Brazilian from the spot.

However, Torino were once again denied maximum points when Eder threw himself to the ground under minimal contact from captain Kamil Glik in the area. Eder stepped up himself to score the penalty, and with a number of difficult fixtures coming up, Toro may live to rue this missed opportunity.

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