Monday, 16 February 2015

Torino 1-1 Cagliari

Torino were unable to record a fifth consecutive victory as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to relegation-threatened Cagliari on Sunday afternoon.

The introduction of Matteo Darmian and Omar El Kaddouri were the only alterations from the starting eleven that beat Hellas Verona six days previously.

Cagliari goalkeeper Željko Brkić made a smart save early on to deny Marco Benassi's deflected effort from distance. With ten minutes remaining until half time, it was the Sardinians who took the lead, somewhat against the run of play, as midfielder Godfred Donsah fired the ball past Daniele Padelli from the edge of the area.

However, the Granata showed immense character and equalised almost immediately after the restart. Bruno Peres' initial effort was blocked, but the ball rebounded to Omar El Kaddouri who casually controlled the ball on his thigh before volleying into the net.

Toro had the better of the second half, but Brkić was performing heroics in the Cagliari goal to keep them at bay, as the Serbian first denied Matteo Darmian, and then Fabio Quagliarella from close range.

Captain Kamil Glik also had an opportunity to extend his excellent goal scoring record this season, but the Polish international headed wide of the target.

Torino had to make do with a point, which meant their run of consecutive victories ended at four - but their run of games without defeat in the league was extended to ten.

Forza Toro

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