Friday, 16 January 2015

Torino 1-3 Lazio

Torino were eliminated from the Coppa Italia on Wednesday evening after a disappointing 3-1 defeat at the hands of in form Lazio.

Giampiero Ventura surprisingly dropped Bruno Peres and Alexander Farnerud, whilst Swedish defender Pontus Jansson was given a start in midfield.

The Granata started slowly and were behind within the opening quarter of an hour, as Balde Keita was allowed to run unchallenged from the half-way line before firing a powerful left footed shot past Daniele Padelli.

Toro felt they should have had a penalty, when Abdoulay Konko handled Kamil Glik's header towards goal, but referee Carmine Russo waved away the appeals.

The away side doubled their lead on the half hour mark when Miroslav Klose ghosted in behind Torino's back three to convert Danilo Cataldi's low cross.

Maxi Lopez came on at half time to make his Toro debut, and within five minutes Torino had reduced the deficit. Omar El Kaddouri received the ball out wide and played in Josef Martinez who turned and shot quickly to beat Etrit Berisha in the Lazio goal.

However, Lazio were given the opportunity to extend their lead when a Kamil Glik slip put Klose through on goal. Despite putting his shot wide, the referee adjudged the veteran German striker to have been fouled by Daniele Padelli and therefore awarded a penalty, and sent off the Torino goalkeeper.

Cristian Ledesma stepped up and beat Toro's third choice goalkeeper Luca Castellazzi from the spot and Padelli's dismissal effectively ended the game as a contest.

This was a disappointing exit from a competition which was Toro's only real hope of qualifying for Europe next season, and the protests against president Urbano Cairo continued at the final whistle.

Forza Toro

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