Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Torino 0-1 Empoli

Torino's poor run of recent form continued as they fell to a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Serie A's surprise package Empoli.

Fabio Quagliarella was the subject of a number of protests from the Toro supporters following his celebration (or rather lack of) after scoring against Napoli, and was left on the bench with Josef Martinez given a rare start upfront.

It was the Venezuelan who had the first chance of the game after he latched onto Marco Benassi's long ball, but he was denied by Lukasz Skorupski.

Veteran striker Massimo Maccarone also went close for the visitors, however his curling effort went narrowly wide of the target.

A long pass by the returning Nikola Maksimovic found Martinez who found himself one on one with Skorupski, but he scuffed the finish once again.

Riccardo Saponara was pulling the strings for Empoli, and he assisted Piotr Zielinski who forced a good save from Daniele Padelli.

Empoli took the lead ten minutes into the second half when Manuel Pucciarelli's through ball fortuitously found its way to Massimo Maccarone who put the ball through Padelli's legs to score.

Andrea Belotti and Bruno Peres were both denied by Skorupski as Toro went in search of an equaliser.

In the dying seconds, Kamil Glik narrowly headed off target, but the Granata were unable to find an equaliser and Toro fell to yet another disappointing defeat.

Forza Toro

1 comment:

  1. How bad were the Martinez chances? I haven't seen the video. But have seen plenty of commentary via social media.