Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Napoli 2-1 Torino

Fabio Quagliarella's wonder goal was not enough for Torino as they succumbed to a 2-1 defeat against Napoli, despite taking the lead.

The Granata surprised many by playing two recognised strikers as Marcelo Larrondo joined Quagliarella upfront, whilst there was also a rare start for Marco Benassi in midfield.

Toro made a bright start and Kamil Glik had already went close before they took the lead in sensational fashion after fourteen minutes. Nikola Maksimovic's long ball was instantly controlled on his chest by Fabio Quagliarella who then finished spectacularly with a volley from a difficult angle.

The home side should have been level shortly afterwards, after a mistake from Maksimovic gave Lorenze Insigne a great opportunity, but the young winger hit the post - whilst Gonzalo Higuain was denied on the rebound.

Jean Francois Gillet has impressed since returning to the starting eleven, and he made excellent saves to deny Insigne and Gokhan Inler. However, Insigne finally got his goal as somehow the smallest man on the pitch was left unmarked to head home Juan Zuniga's fine cross.

Fifteen minutes later Napoli took the lead when substitute Cristian Molinaro lost Jose Callejon at the far post, and the Spaniard's effort fortuitously looped over Gillet in the Toro goal.

Torino had an appeal for a penalty turned down in injury time by referee Davide Massa, despite the fact Zuniga appeared to handle the ball in the area. Things got even worse for the Granata after the final whistle as both Kamil Glik and Omar El Kaddouri were sent off for protesting the referee's decision.

Forza Toro

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