Monday, 10 February 2014

Torino 1-2 Bologna

Torino fell to only their second home defeat of the season on Sunday afternoon, as relegation threatened Bologna came from behind to secure a crucial victory.

Toro made just the one change from the side who beat AC Milan, as Omar El Kaddouri replaced Migjen Basha in midfield.

The Granata made the perfect start after only five minutes as Matteo Darmian's cross was headed in by Ciro Immobile, who scored his twelfth goal of the season. However, the home side seemed to take it easy after scoring so early and only six minutes later Bologna were level.

An uncharacteristic mistake from Darmian allowed former Torino captain Rolando Bianchi to get past both Nikola Maksimovic and Kamil Glik before cutting the ball back to give Jonathan Cristaldo an easy tap in. Although Darmian was initially at fault for losing the ball, both Maksimovic, Glik and goalkeeper Padelli will feel they could have done more to prevent the goal.

A poor clearance from Glik gave Cristaldo an opportunity to score his second from long range moments later, but Padelli produced a fine save. However, Padelli was unable to deal with Rene Krhin's shot from a similar distance and his poor parry gave Cristaldo another simple tap in as Bologna took a surprise lead.

Toro came close to scoring an equaliser before the break when Gianluca Curci failed to deal with a cross into the box, but Kamil Glik's side footed shot from the edge of the area hit the post. Moments into the second half Torino came even closer to an equaliser, but Alessio Cerci somehow headed Emiliano Moretti's cross onto the bar from only three yards out.

Cerci twice came close from free kicks to give Torino a more than deserved equaliser, but he was denied by his near namesake Curci on both occasions as Bologna held on to a vital victory.

Although the players tried to deny it after the game, it did look as though Toro may have took their opponents lightly and expected the three points to come easily. Therefore, despite this being a disappointing result it was perhaps a useful reminder ahead of the derby in two weeks time that this team cannot afford to be complacent.

Forza Toro

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