Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Chievo 0-0 Torino

The first game of 2015 was very much like the tail end of 2014 for Torino, as they struggled for creativity, and most importantly goals, as they drew 0-0 with Chievo on Tuesday afternoon.

Giampiero Ventura once again preferred Cristian Molinaro over Bruno Peres, whilst Gaston Silva surprisingly started in place of Cesare Bovo. Amauri was due to start up front, but a late injury in the warm up meant that he was replaced in the starting eleven by Josef Martinez.

Alexander Farnerud had the first chance of the game for the Granata, but his tame volley was easily saved by Albano Bizzari in the Chievo goal. Fabio Quagliarella, who is without a goal since mid-October, almost ended his goal drought but his goal bound effort was cleared by the home defence. 

Chievo were also limited to half chances, but Alberto Paloschi forced a save out of Daniele Padelli, who was deputising for Jean Francois Gillet who was out with flu.

A game that was lacking in any real quality somehow became worse in the second half, with Alexander Farnerud's long range effort Toro's only real opportunity.

Former Torino winger Dejan Lazarevic almost stole the points with a free kick, but his effort was tipped round the post by Daniele Padelli.

A point each was probably a fair result, if only because neither side deserved to come out with a win from this game, but Toro will have to start winning on a more regular basis if they want to avoid a relegation battle.

Forza Toro

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