Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Torino 1-0 Atalanta

Torino's excellent recent form continued as they beat Atalanta 1-0 thanks to a highly controversial penalty from Alessio Cerci.

The Granata made just the one change from the side who beat Sassuolo, as Matteo Brighi was replaced by the fit again Omar El Kaddouri.

Torino had the ball in the net within the opening five minutes, but Alessio Cerci's effort was correctly disallowed as the Italy international was offside. Cerci continued to be a threat for the rest of the half, but Toro were unable to create any clear cut opportunities.

The major turning point in this game occurred on the hour mark, as referee Paolo Tagliavento pointed to the penalty spot after a collision between Atalanta goalkeeper Andrea Consigli and Cerci. It looked as though Consigli had got to the ball first, and that it was in fact the Torino player who had ran into him. However, the former Fiorentina player took the penalty himself and sent the keeper the wrong way to give Toro the lead.

Guglielmo Stendardo, who had scored against Toro earlier in the season almost scored an equaliser for the away side, but his glancing header went over the crossbar. Daniele Padelli also had to make an excellent save to deny German Denis' header, as it looked to be going into the top corner.

In injury time, some excellent persistence from Matteo Darmian saw the full back win a penalty for the home side, and defender Davide Brivio received a second yellow card for bringing him down in the area. With Cerci off the pitch, Ciro Immobile stepped up to take the penalty but his weak spot kick was easily saved by Consigli.

However, in the end it didn't matter as Torino came out victorious, to seal their sixth victory in their last nine games, a run that has seen them move up to 6th in the table.

Forza Toro!

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