Saturday, 29 August 2015

Torino v Fiorentina Preview

Torino will look to continue their promising start to the season when they face Fiorentina at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday evening.

The Granata came from behind to beat Frosinone last weekend, and are unlikely to make too many changes from the team that won that game. However, Giampiero Ventura may choose to give new signing Andrea Belotti his debut.

Fiorentina also won their opening game of the season, as they beat AC Milan 2-0 thanks to a stunning Marcos Alonso free kick and a Josip Iličić penalty.

Torino 1-1 Fiorentina

Monday, 24 August 2015

Frosinone 1-2 Torino

Torino made a disastrous start to the new Serie A season, but came from behind to beat newly promoted Frosinone on Sunday afternoon.

Daniele Baselli and Danilo Avelar were both given league debuts for the Granata, but Giampiero Ventura left Andrea Belotti on the bench as Maxi Lopez partnered Fabio Quagliarella in attack.

Frosinone made a dream start in their first ever Serie A match when Luca Paganini's cross was stabbed home by Danilo Soddimo. Toro responded well to that set back and came close to equalising, but Quagliarella's header was tipped over the bar by Nicola Leali.

Maxi Lopez and Fabio Quagliarella each had opportunities to score Torino's first league goal of the new season, but somehow the home side went in at half time in front.

On the hour mark, Toro finally had their deserved equaliser when Danilo Avelar's cross was volleyed home by the outstanding Quagliarella.

And then four minutes later Torino took the lead when the impressive Daniele Baselli curled a low shot into the bottom corner following a short corner.

That goal was enough for the Granata to claim all three points, and whilst the performance was not without its flaws, the character shown by the team this early in the season was certainly encouraging.

Forza Toro!

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Frosinone v Torino Preview

Serie A football is finally back, and Torino will make the long trip south to face newly promoted Frosinone on Sunday evening.

New striker Andrea Belotti has been included in the squad following his transfer from Palermo and is in line to make his debut. However, Maxi Lopez and Josef Martinez both staked their claim to partner Fabio Quagliarella upfront after both players scored against Pescara in the Coppa Italia last weekend.

Frosinone have recorded successive promotions under the stewardship of former Toro striker Roberto Stellone. Stellone was a popular figure in his four year spell at the Granata, scoring 16 goals in 113 appearances.

Nikola Maksimovic, who has been linked with a move away from the club is also included in the squad, and could make his first appearance of the season.

Frosinone 0-2 Torino

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Torino 4-1 Pescara

Despite going a goal behind, Torino progressed to the next round of the Coppa Italia after an impressive 4-1 victory against Pescara on Sunday evening.

Danilo Avelar, Afriyie Acquah and Daniele Baselli all made debuts for the Granata, whilst Maxi Lopez partnered Fabio Quagliarella upfront.

Visitors Pescara made a bright start, but took the lead in fortuitous circumstances when Michele Fornasier's header hit the post and then Toro keeper Salvador Ichazo before finding the back of the net.

However, Torino were level ten minutes later, with Daniele Baselli scoring a debut goal after a great assist from Fabio Quagliarella.

And it only took five more minutes for Toro to take the lead, and once again it was another new signing as Afriyie Acquah finished calmly despite his initial shot being blocked by the Pescara defender.

Midway through the second half, Torino added a third goal after a clever set piece routine allowed Maxi Lopez to tap home after Vincenzo Fiorillo could only parry Quagliarella's cross.

Venezuelan striker Josef Martinez was only on the pitch for a matter of seconds before he added a fourth goal with a fine individual effort.

Torino will now face either Catania or Cesena in the next round, and if they get through that game, they will face a tie against holders Juventus in the last 16.

Forza Toro

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Torino v Pescara Preview

Torino will begin the 2015/2016 season with a Coppa Italia fixture against Serie B side Pescara on Sunday evening.

The Granata have made a number of new acquisitions during the summer, so Davide Zappacosta, Joel Obi, Afriyie Acquah and Danielle Baselli could all make their Toro debuts.

Defender Nikola Maksimovic, who has been linked with a move away to Napoli is also included in the squad.

Pescara have already played one competitive game this season. a 2-0 victory over Südtirol in the previous round of the competition, therefore, they may have the fitness advantage over Torino.

Torino 2-0  Pescara