Torino earnt their first point of their Europa League campaign after a 0-0 draw against Club Brugge on Thursday night, but the Granata have now gone three games without scoring a goal.
Giampiero Ventura rotated his squad for this game, as Jean Francois Gillet made his first appearance following his long ban, whilst Pontus Jansson and Gaston Silva came into the back three to make their first starts for the club. Alessandro Gazzi, Juan Sanchez Mino and Marco Benassi also started the game, whilst Amauri and Fabio Quagliarella led the line up front.
Toro started the brightest in the opening twenty minutes, but Pontus Jansson had their only half chance as he headed over the bar following a corner. Belgian keeper Gillet was forced into action on the half hour mark as he had to react quickly to deny Víctor Vázquez from just inside the area.
A poor backpass from debutant Gaston Silva gave Colombian José Izquierdo a chance to score, but he curled his shot over the bar from distance. In the second half, Argentine midfielder Juan Sanchez Mino came close to giving Toro the lead but his shot went narrowly wide of the far post.
Toro were once again thankful to Gillet as he pulled off an outstanding save to deny Nikola Storm's header. In the dying seconds, Toro substitute Josef Martinez had a chance to win all three points, but his shot was blocked by a Brugge defence that had been resolute all game.
This was a decent point for Torino in their opening match of the group against one of the better teams in the group, however the fact Toro have failed to score from open play since beating Brommapojkarna in early August continues to be a worry.
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