Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Roma 3-0 Torino

Torino's disappointing week continued as they fell to a 3-0 defeat against Scudetto-chasing Roma on Sunday evening.

As expected, Giampiero Ventura decided to re-inforce the midfield as Toro lined up in a 3-5-1-1 formation with Alexander Farnerud and Omar El Kaddouri taking turns to support lone striker Fabio Quagliarella.

Torino made a poor start and were behind after only eight minutes, and ironically it was Greek fullback Vasilis Torosidis who converted Francesco Totti's low cross to give the home side the lead.

The Granata reacted well to going behind, and Fabio Quagliarella's left footed curler from the edge of the area forced Morgan De Sanctis into make a good save.

Miralem Pjanic rattled the crossbar with a trademark free kick for Roma, but just before the half hour mark the lead was doubled thanks to Seydou Keita's strike from outside the area.

Despite making a bright start to the second half, Toro were well and truly out of the game fifteen minutes into the second half as former Fiorentina midfielder Adem Ljajic curled the ball into the top corner from twenty yards out.

This defeat was not a surprising one, and some aspects of the performance were encouraging from a Granata point of view. Torino will face arguably their most important week of the season after the international break, as they face Sassuolo, a crucial game in the Europa League against Club Brugge and then the derby against Juventus.

We will certainly know a lot more about this team and what we can hope for from this season after those three games are in the record books.

Forza Toro

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