Friday, 23 December 2016

Torino 1-0 Genoa

Torino stopped the rot after three consecutive defeats with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Genoa on Thursday evening.

Leandro Castan and Iago Falque returned to the starting eleven after losing their places for the defeat at Napoli, however it was the away side who made the better start.

Joe Hart had to make good saves to deny Nikola Ninkovic and then Isaac Cofie in quick succession, although Adem Ljajic also went close for Toro at the other end.

Toro took the lead four minutes into the second half when Adem Ljajic's excellent free kick was stabbed home by Andrea Belotti, his 13th league goal of the season.

Belotti was a constant threat to the Genoa defence in the second half and was only denied a second goal due to a great save from Eugenio Lamanna.

Genoa made history in the dying moments as they bought on fifteen year old Pietro Pellegri in search of an equaliser. Pellegri is now the youngest player to ever appear in Serie A, but he didn't even touch the ball as Toro held on for three crucial points.

Forza Toro

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