Monday, 14 March 2016

Genoa 3-2 Torino

Torino took a 2-0 lead within the first fifteen minutes but somehow contrived to lose in Genoa as they were haunted by a familiar face.

Toro set out in their usual 3-5-2 formation, with Marco Benassi once again preferred to Daniele Baselli in midfield.

The Granata took the lead with less than five minutes on the clock as Andrea Belotti provided a sublime assist for strike partner Ciro Immobile who beat Mattia Perin at his near post.

Torino doubled that lead ten minutes later, and this time it was Afriyie Acquah who laid on the exquisite assist for Immobile, and the former Genoa man finished sensationally past Perin once again.

However, the home side were gifted a way back into the match as Cristian Molinaro conceded a second penalty in consecutive games after a rash challenge on Cristian Ansaldi.

Former Toro favourite Alessio Cerci stepped up to take the penalty and smashed it straight down the middle to half the deficit. In first half injury time, Genoa were awarded another penalty as Afriyie Acquah foolishly pulled back Armando Izzo at a corner.

And it was Cerci, whose last meaningful kick in a Torino shirt was, a missed penalty against Fiorentina, but the former Viola man didn't make that mistake this time as he sent Padelli the wrong way.

The momentum was now with the home side and with twenty-five minutes left Luca Rigoni headed home a Suso free kick, thanks in part to a shoddily assembled offside trap.

Afriyie Acquah almost made amends late on, but his long range effort was tipped over the bar by Perin as Toro fell to yet another defeat.

Forza Toro!

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