Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Chievo 0-1 Torino

Torino continued their outstanding recent form with a convincing 1-0 victory over Chievo on Sunday afternoon, a result that means Toro are only two games away from European football.

As expected, Giampiero Ventura named an unchanged starting eleven from the side that beat Udinese last weekend. Before the game, a moments silence was held in hour of 'Il Grande Torino' as this game was being played on the 65 year anniversary of the Superga disaster.

Daniele Padelli was forced into action to deny Ivan Radovanovic's long range free kick, whilst at the other end Alessio Cerci forced Michael Agazzi into making a save. Ciro Immobile harshly had a goal disallowed for an apparent foul on the goalkeeper, but on the replays it appeared as though Agazzi had just dropped the ball.

Torino had even more reasons to be aggrieved at the officials when Alessio Cerci's cross was blatantly handled by Dario Dainelli inside the area yet no penalty was awarded. The veteran defender was then lucky to stay on the pitch as it appeared as though he elbowed Ciro Immobile on two separate occasions, but he only received a yellow card.

Ten minutes after half time the Granata took the lead when Alessio Cerci's corner was flicked on by Jasmin Kurtic and then diverted into his own net by Gennaro Sardo. Torino task was then made somewhat easier when one of their former players, Sergio Pellissier was sent off just six minutes after coming onto the pitch after he received two yellow cards in quick succession - the second of which for dissent.

Toro had chances to make their margin of victory even more convincing, but Ciro Immobile and then Riccardo Meggiorini missed chances to extend their lead. However, Torino were never in danger of losing their lead and remain in 6th position with just two games remaining of an outstanding season.

Forza Toro!

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