Sunday, 20 April 2014

Lazio 3-3 Torino

For the second week in succession there was injury time drama, but this time Torino conceded in the fourth minute of injury time to draw 3-3 with Lazio.

As expected, Matteo Darmian returned to the starting eleven as he replaced Marko Vesovic in defence, whilst there were also starts for Jasmin Kurtic and Riccardo Meggiorini.

Antonio Candreva had the first chance for the home side, but he was denied by Daniele Padelli when through on goal. At the other end, Cesare Bovo came close to giving Toro the lead but his free kick rattled the crossbar.

Padelli was once again forced into action, this time to deny Stefan Radu, whose a long range effort looked to be heading into the top corner. However just before half time, the hosts took the lead when Toro failed to deal with a set piece and Stefano Mauri was on hand to head home from close range.

However, seven minutes into the second half the Granata were level when excellent work from Riccardo Meggiorini set up Jasmin Kurtic, and the Slovenian midfielder scored his first goal for the club.

Lazio regained the lead ten minutes later when Keita was fouled in the area by Padelli, and Antonio Candreva nonchalantly converted from the spot with a 'panenka' penalty. But Toro once again demonstrated their resilient nature of late, as they equalised once again, this time through former Roma man Panagiotis Tachtsidis.

Lazio were then reduced to ten men when defender Diego Novaretti received two yellow cards in quick succession. In the 89th minute, Ciro Immobile thought he had won the game for Toro when he fired a shot past Etrit Berisha but once again their was late drama.

In the dying moments, Felipe Anderson's long range shot fell into the path on Antonio Candreva who was narrowly played onside by Matteo Darmian, and the Italian international scored to deny Torino a crucial victory.

Torino are now three points away from 6th placed Parma in the final Europa League place, but face the Gialloblu in the penultimate game of the season - in what could effectively be a playoff for European football.

Forza Toro!

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