Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Sassuolo 0-2 Torino

Torino beat both their opponents and the terrible weather conditions as they emerged from Reggio Emilia with a 2-0 victory over Sassuolo on Sunday afternoon.

As expected, the fit-again Ciro Immobile returned to the starting eleven, as did midfielder Giuseppe Vives who was suspended for the game against Fiorentina.

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli was in the stands to watch the game, and it was believed that he was there to watch Toro strikers Immobile and Alessio Cerci, as well as Sassuolo striker Domenico Berardi. However, the young striker who scored four against AC Milan struggled to make an impact in the early stages of the game, and he rightfully received a booking for a horrendous challenge on Emiliano Moretti.

Mid-way through the first half, Toro took the lead when the excellent Immobile won possession on the half way line, before sprinting clear and lifting the ball over Gianluca Pegolo.

At the start of the second half, Berardi shot over the bar from long range and moments later the Granata were able to double their lead. Alessio Cerci broke clear down the right wing, and whilst his initial shot was saved by Pegolo, experienced midfielder Matteo Brighi was on hand to score his second goal of the season.

Immobile was the striker who was impressing most, although on this occasion he was assisted by the waterlogged pitch that held the ball up for him to run on to - but his low shot was saved by the former Siena keeper Pegolo.

With the rain continue to pour down it became impossible for the home side to get back into the game, and Toro held on for another impressive away victory. The Granata are now up to 7th, and whilst talk about their possible Europa League chances does seem ambitious, it does make a nice change to be looking up the table, rather than down.

Forza Toro

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