Friday, 12 December 2014

København 1-5 Torino

Torino qualified for the last 32 of the Europa league after a sensational 5-1 in Denmark over 9 men København on Thursday evening.

The Granata only needed a point to ensure qualification so Giampiero Ventura chose a strong line up, with Josef Martinez partnering Amauri up front, and Cesare Bovo in an unfamiliar midfield role.

Toro had a terrible start and were behind only five minutes in comical fashion as Gaston Silva's poor back pass lead to Kamil Glik's clearance ricocheting off Daniel Amartey and flying over Daniele Padelli and into the net.

However, Toro were level less than ten minutes later as Nikola Maksimovic's ball found Josef Martinez in space, and the Venezuelan international fired a powerful volley past Stephan Andersen in the home goal.

The game turned on the half hour mark, as Martinez, who was causing the København defence a number of problems, was fouled by last man Mikael Antonsson who received a red card and the Danish side were down to ten men.

Five minutes before half time, København were reduced to nine men when Amauri was bundled over in the area by Matthias Jørgensen. Amauri stepped up and scored the penalty to give Toro a lead going into half time.

The game was over as a contest within eight minutes of the second half, as Torino scored three quick fire goals. Firstly Omar El Kaddouri's through ball found Josef Martinez who neatly clipped the ball over the goalkeeper. Toro then scored a fourth goal when Matteo Darmian volleyed home Gaston Silva's cross from just inside the area. Gaston Silva scored his first Torino goal moments later, as he also volleyed home from El Kaddouri's inadvertent flick on.

Torino gave youngster Giovanni Graziano a debut for the last 25 minutes, as Toro cruised to a victory that put them through to the last 32.

Club Brugge scored a last gasp winning goal against HJK Helsinki to top the group, so the Granata will be unseeded for Monday's draw.

Forza Torino

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