Monday, 24 March 2014

Torino 3-1 Livorno

Torino finally ended their horrendous run of recent form as they convincingly beat relegation threatened Livorno thanks to Ciro Immobile's hat trick.

As expected, Immobile and Alessio Cerci returned to the starting eleven whilst Giuseppe Vives also replaced Panagiotis Tachtsidis after suspension.

The home side made the brighter start, and Livorno keeper Francesco Bardi had to make saves to deny Alessio Cerci and then Jasmin Kurtic. However, mid way through the first half, Toro took the lead when Cesare Bovo's free kick was headed in by Ciro Immobile - Torino's 3000th goal in Serie A.

Cesare Bovo almost doubled Toro's lead, but his speculative long range effort was tipped over the bar by Bardi, who was having a particularly busy evening. Alessio Cerci twice had good chances to end his own four game goal drought, but once again Bardi was up to the task.

An excellent move between Torino's front two almost resulted in a goal at the start of the second half, but once again Cerci was denied. Toro finally got a second goal that their play deserved in slightly fortuitous circumstances as Ciro Immobile's mis-hit volley somehow found the bottom corner.

However, there was nothing lucky about Immobile's hat trick goal as the striker picked the ball up outside of the area before firing the ball into the bottom corner.

In the final minute, Livorno did get a goal back when Daniele Padelli failed to deal with a corner, and that allowed Luca Siligardi to volley into an empty net from outside the area.

However, despite that late setback, this was an impressive result and performance by Torino, albeit against a poor Livorno side.

Forza  Torino

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