Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Fiorentina 1-1 Torino

Torino maintained their unbeaten league record as they fought back in the latter stages to earn a 1-1 drawn with Fiorentina on Sunday night.

Pontus Jansson started in place of Kamil Glik, whilst as expected, Maxi Lopez started along with Fabio Quagliarella up front.

The Granata made a poor start, and after only ten minutes the home side were awarded a penalty when Marco Benassi fouled Milan Badelj in the area. However, Khouma Babacar was denied from the spot as Daniele Padelli dived the right way to deny the Senegalese striker.

Toro's best chance of the first half came when Quagliarella's neat back heel found Maxi Lopez in space but the Argentinean was denied by Fiorentina keeper Ciprian Tatarusanu.

The Viola were dominating possession, but Toro always looked a threat on the counter attack and substitute Josef Martinez almost gave Torino a shock lead when he lifted the ball over the onrushing Tatarusanu, but his shot was cleared off the line.

Khouma Babacar almost made amends for his missed penalty, but his volley from outside the area narrowly flew over the bar. However, with just five minutes remaining substitute Mohamed Salah continued his impressive start at his new club as he gave Fiorentina a lead from just inside the area.

However just two minutes later the home side were inexplicably caught on the counter attack, and Cristian Molinaro's cross eventually made its way to Giuseppe Vives who kept calm to volley home an important equaliser.

This was a positive performance from Toro who showed the type of spirit they will need in Bilbao on Thursday night in order to prolong their European adventure.

Forza Toro

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