Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Parma 3-1 Torino

Torino started the New Year with a defeat as they were unable to record a fourth consecutive victory, despite taking a first half lead.

There were no surprises in the Torino line up, as they once again started in a 3-5-2 formation with the familiar duo Ciro Immobile and Alessio Cerci leading the line up front.

The Granata took the lead half way through the first half when Matteo Darmian's low cross was converted by the in form Immobile, who took his goal tally for the season up to nine.

And the former Genoa striker should have made that ten goals moments later, but he failed to finish off a swift counter attack by blasting the ball over the bar. Ten minutes before half time Parma equalised when former Juventus man Marco Marchionni volleyed home a cross from the right wing.

On the stroke of half time the home side took the lead when Alessandro Lucarelli's ambitious back heel volley from a poor corner somehow found its way past Daniele Padelli at his near post. Giampiero Ventura acted immediately at half time, as both Cerci and Immobile were replaced by Paulo Barreto and Riccardo Meggiorini - although it was later revealed that the latter was carrying an injury.

With twenty minutes remaining Parma put the result beyond doubt when constant Toro nemesis Amauri out muscled captain Kamil Glik before finding the bottom corner of Padelli's net. Migjen Basha had a late chance to reduce the deficit, but he missed the target from close range.

This was a disappointing defeat for Toro after taking the lead, but it was always going to be difficult to win four consecutive games in a league as evenly balanced (top 6 not included) as Serie A. Torino will now be looking to bounce back with a home game against Fiorentina on Sunday.

Forza Toro!

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