Thursday, 27 March 2014

Roma 2-1 Torino

For the second time in three games, Torino conceded a winning goal in injury time as Alessandro Florenzi's late strike denied Toro a deserved point.

Giampiero Ventura decided to keep faith with the team who beat Livorno on Saturday, and the experienced tactician was hoping for a similar performance against Roma.

Roma had the first real chance of the game when Daniele De Rossi dummied a Maicon cross for Francesco Totti to strike, but the Roma captain hit it straight at Toro keeper Daniele Padelli. Toro's first chance of the half came via Ciro Immobile, but the prolific striker fired wide of the target.

The home side came extremely close to taking the lead, but were denied by a sensational double save by Daniele Padelli, who denied Mattia Destro and then Miralem Pjanic in quick succession. However, just before the break Roma did take the lead, as Jasmin Kurtic inadvertently played the ball through to Destro who calmly lifted the ball over Padelli to score.

However, six minutes into the second half Torino were back on level terms in sensational fashion as that man Immobile scored once again. Giuseppe Vives chipped a through ball forward from the half way line that travelled over 50 yards before finding Immobile, who connected with an exquisite left foot volley that flew past Morgan De Sanctis.

Toro were galvanised after their equaliser, and came close to taking the lead on the counter attack, but Alessio Cerci's volley went agonisingly wide. At the other end, Gervinho also went narrowly close to giving Roma the lead, but his shot from close range was also off target.

The Granata were continuing to create chances, and thought they had scored a dramatic late winner when Jasmin Kurtic's shot deflected off captain Kamil Glik, but once again it was wide of the post. However, the drama was still to come as Roma scored a winning goal in the 91st minute, when Gervinho found Alessandro Florenzi in space, and the midfielder smashed the ball past Padelli to deny Toro a point.

Despite the disappointing ending, Toro fans had plenty to be proud of from their teams performance on Tuesday night, and a similar display against Cagliari on Sunday will almost certainly result in three points.

Forza Toro!

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