Sunday, 7 December 2014

Torino 2-2 Palermo

Torino twice came from behind to earn a point against Palermo, but had a late goal controversially ruled out for offside.

Giampiero Ventura gave Josef Martinez only his second Serie A start, whilst Alexander Farnerud was preferred to Alessandro Gazzi in midfield.

Toro made a poor start, perhaps still feeling the effects of their heartbreaking defeat against Juventus, and were behind after only fifteen minutes. Omar El Kaddouri gave the ball away in midfield, and the ball made its way to Paulo Dybala, whose cross found an unmarked Luca Rigoni who finished past Jean Francois Gillet.

The Granata levelled twenty minutes later, as Josef Martinez collected Emiliano Moretti's chipped pass and spun his defender before finishing past former Toro keeper Stefano Sorrentino.

However, on the stroke of half time Palermo took the lead for a second time as Bruno Peres' poor clearance enable Paulo Dybala to collect Achraf Lazaar's pass and finish past Gillet.

Josef Martinez had a chance from a difficult ange to double his individual tally, but this time he was denied by Sorrentino. However, just after the hour mark, Kamil Glik headed home Omar El Kaddouri's corner to equalise.

The home side looked the most likely side to get a winner, and thought they had one in the dying minutes as a Palermo defender bundled the ball into his own net, but that goal was disallowed as Matteo Darmian was adjudged to be offside.

After a terrible first half performance from the Granata, the second half was much more encouraging, but in reality, this is a game Toro should have took all three points from.

Forza Toro

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