Monday, 26 September 2016

Torino 3-1 Roma

Torino produced their finest performance of the season as they beat Roma at home for the first time in twenty-three years on Sunday afternoon.

Andrea Belotti started his first game since August after returning from injury, whilst Luca Rossettini, Joel Obi and Marco Benassi all came into the starting eleven.

Roma started brightly and Belgian midfielder Radja Nainggolan fired an early warning to Joe Hart's goal, but his fierce shot went narrowly wide of the post. However it was Toro who took the lead within ten minutes when Joel Obi's excellent cross was headed home by the returning Andrea Belotti.

Belotti was causing major problems for the Roma back four, and his excellent hold up play allowed Iago Falque to get two strikes on goal, but he was denied by the post initially, and then Wojciech Szczesny.

Szczesny had to be at his best moments later when the impressive Lucas Boy√© played in Andrea Belotti's whose shot was turned around the post by the Polish keeper.

Luciano Spalletti turned to his captain Francesco Totti who came on at half time for the giallorossi, and he was given a standing ovation by the home supporters in what is likely to be his last ever appearance at the Stadio Grande Torino.

Joe Hart denied his former Manchester City team mate Edin Dzeko an equaliser in the early stages of the second half, although the Bosnian probably should have scored.

Roma were made to pay for that miss when the home side were awarded a penalty as former Toro defender Bruno Peres upended Andrea Belotti. After Belotti's recent failures from the spot, on loan Roma winger Iago Falque took responsibility and the Spaniard made no mistake to double Torino's lead.

However, Roma halved the deficit just two minutes later when they were awarded a penalty of their own when Lorenzo De Silvestri tripped Diego Perotti. Francesco Totti stepped up and sent Joe Hart the wrong way to give the away side hope.

But this was to be Torino's afternoon, and the Granata extended their lead when Andrea Belotti set up Iago Falque who scored his second goal of the game thanks to a huge deflection from Federico Fazio.

Toro had chances to increase the margin of victory with Davide Zappacosta and Josef Martinez both going close, but three goals were enough to seal Torino's second victory of the season.

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