Saturday, 25 October 2014

Torino 2-0 HJK Helsinki

Torino moved to the top of their Europa League group after a convincing 2-0 victory over Finnish champions HJK Helsinki.

As expected, Pontus Jansson retained his place in the heart of defence, whilst Venezuelan striker Josef Martinez partnered Amauri upfront.

The Granata almost took the lead within the first ninety seconds, but Martinez's volley was saved by Toni Doblas in the Helsinki goal. Giuseppe Vives almost scored a goal of the season contender, but his dipping volley from distance hit the crossbar.

Ten minutes before half time Toro took the lead when Matteo Darmian's cross from the right found fellow wing back Cristian Molinaro who scored his first Toro goal with a calm finish.

Toro continued to dominate, and doubled their lead just before the hour mark when Amauri opened his Granata goalscoring account with a powerful shot from outside the area.

The home side had the chances to win by a more flattering margin, but could not extend their lead any further. This moves Torino two points clear of group B ahead of Club Brugge, and Toro can move a step closer to qualification with a victory against HJK in Helsinki on November 6th.

Forza Toro