Sunday, 8 February 2015

Hellas Verona 1-3 Torino

Torino continued their incredible recent form with a fourth consecutive victory after an impressive 3-1 victory over Hellas Verona on Saturday evening.

Giampiero Ventura made just two changes from the team that convincingly beat Sampdoria last weekend, as Cristian Molinaro and Giuseppe Vives replaced Matteo Darmian and Alessandro Gazzi.

Josef Martinez was causing the home side's ageing back line a number of problems in the early stages, and the Venezuelan striker earned his reward on the half hour mark.

After some excellent interplay on the edge of the area between Fabio Quagliarella, Marco Benassi and Martinez himself, the ball fell to the latter and he calmly stroked the ball past former Toro keeper Francesco Benussi.

Martinez was again involved in Toro's second goal, as just five minutes into the second half the young striker was upended in the area by Hellas defender Rafael Marques. And just as he had done so against Sampdoria, Fabio Quagliarella stepped up to convert the penalty - although once again, it was a little bit too close to being yet another missed Torino penalty.

Marco Benassi had an opportunity to seal the points for Toro, but his shot was off target, whilst the Granata were somehow denied a penalty when Quagliarella was clearly tripped in the area Rafael Márquez.

Torino ensured a nervy last ten minutes when Luca Toni's volley reduced the deficit, although Daniele Padelli may feel he could have done more to prevent the goal.

However, Torino did seal the victory in injury time thanks to substitute Omar El Kaddouri, who ran the length on the field with an outstanding solo effort before curling a shot into the bottom corner.

This was an extremely confident performance from a Torino team who almost look unrecognisable from the side who struggled for goals and creativity earlier on in the season. If Toro can maintain this form for a little while longer, than European qualification for a second consecutive season is beginning to look extremely attainable indeed.

Forza Toro.

1 comment:

  1. Nice page, keep it up !!!! do you know any more Toro fan pages , my Italien isn't that good.......greetings Ramon