Sunday, 23 April 2017

Chievo 1-3 Torino

Torino have won consecutive away games for the first time this season following an impressive 3-1 victory at Chievo.

Danilo Avelar made his first start of the season at left back, whilst Luca Rossettini and Lucas Boyé also came into the starting eleven.

Boyé looked lively in the opening stages, and his deflected shot forced a good save from former Toro keeper Stefano Sorrentino.

Toro took the lead early in the second half as Adem Ljajic found space and drilled a low shot into the bottom corner from just outside the area. The Granata doubled their lead four minutes later when substitute Davide Zappacosta fired home a sensational volley as the home side failed to clear a corner.

However, Torino's long wait for a clean sheet will go on as Chievo pulled a goal back through veteran striker Sergio Pellissier who scored with a clever chipped finish over Joe Hart.

On this occasion, Torino's defensive frailties didn't come back to haunt them as Iago Falque's deflected strike made sure of all three points with fifteen minutes remaining.

Forza Toro

Chievo v Torino Preview

Torino will look to maintain their recent unbeaten record when they travel to Verona to face Chievo on Sunday afternoon.

However, Toro have only won one of their last four matches since last tasting defeat - however that victory did come in their last away game at Cagliari.

Danilo Avelar is included in the squad and could start with Cristian Molinaro injured, whilst youngsters Matteo Rossetti and Manuel De Luca have been called up to the squad with Sasa Lukic and Juan Iturbe unavailable.

Chievo are safely ensconced in mid-table, however their recent form has been poor - losing their last four matches.

Chievo 1-2 Torino

Monday, 17 April 2017

Torino 1-1 Crotone

Torino were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw with relegation-threatened Crotone on Saturday afternoon, despite Andrea Belotti scoring once again.

Sinisa Mihajlovic decided to field an attacking 4-2-4 line up, with Maxi Lopez partnering Andrea Belotti up front with Adem Ljajic and Iago Falque on the wings.

However, it was the away side who had the first chance but Lorenzo Crisetig fired narrowly over the bar from long range after Toro failed to clear their lines.

At the other end, Crotone goalkeeper Alex Cordaz was in fine form as he made great stops from close range to deny both Belotti and Lopez, and also tipped a long range Adem Ljajic effort over the bar.

Cordaz continued to frustrate Toro, this time making excellent reflex saves from Davide Zappacosta and then Iago Falque.

With twenty-five minutes remaining the Granata were awarded a penalty when Federico Ceccherini fouled Andrea Belotti in the area. Despite missing from the spot on three occasions already this season, Belotti stepped up to take the spot kick and the outstanding Cordaz was finally beaten.

However, with ten minutes remaining Crotone scored a shock equaliser as Joe Hart failed to deal with a deep cross and Andrea Nalini headed the ball back across goal for Simy to score.

In injury time, Andrea Belotti almost turned provider for Lucas Boyé, but the Argentine was denied by an excellent challenge from Nalini to earn a much needed point for Crotone.

Forza Toro

Friday, 14 April 2017

Torino v Crotone Preview

After two consecutive 2-2 draws at the Stadio Grande Torino, Toro will hope to claim all three points when they welcome relegation threatened Crotone on Saturday afternoon.

Carlão should retain his position in the centre of defence after an impressive debut against Cagliari last week, whilst Marco Benassi could replace the suspended Afriyie Acquah,

After winning back-to-back games, including an impressive win over Inter last weekend Crotone are now just three points away from 17th placed Empoli. However, they have only won one away game all season so Toro will go into this game as heavy favourites.

Torino 3-1 Crotone

Monday, 10 April 2017

Cagliari 2-3 Torino

Torino recorded their first away win since November as they came from behind to beat Cagliari on Sunday afternoon.

Brazilian defender Carlão made his debut at centre back, whilst Toro lined up in a new 4-2-3-1 formation with Adem Ljajic moved into a more central role.

With less than twenty minutes gone on the clock, the Granata conceded a penalty when Carlão was adjudged to have pulled back Artur Ionita in the area, and Marco Borriello stepped up to convert.

However, Toro soon equalised as nice interplay between Andrea Belotti and Adem Ljajic resulted in the Serbian scoring an exquisite strike from distance. Torino then took the lead six minutes later when Davide Zappacosta's cross was headed home by Andrea Belotti - his 24th league goal of an incredible campaign.

Torino extended their lead in the early stages of the second half, as Ghanaian midfielder Afriyie Acquah once again scored a great goal from outside the area after receiving a pass from Iago Falque.

Cagliari scored a second goal in injury time to give Toro a nervous few moments as Kwang Song Han became the first North Korean to score in Serie A as he headed home Diego Farias' cross, but Torino held on for all three points.

Forza Toro

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Cagliari v Torino Preview

Torino will look to earn their first away win since November when they face Cagliari on Sunday afternoon.

Luca Rossettini is suspended, so Arlind Ajeti or Carlão could make a rare start to partner Emiliano Moretti in central defence.

Cagliari are one of the few teams to have conceded more goals than Torino this season (59) but despite their troubles at the back. they are well clear of the bottom three.

However, they have only won one of their last five home matches so Toro shouldn't be too apprehensive ahead of their trip to Sardinia.

Cagliari 1-2 Torino

Monday, 3 April 2017

Torino 2-2 Udinese

Torino fought back from 2-0 down to earn a point at the Stadio Grande Torino against Udinese on Sunday.

David Zappacosta came close to giving Toro an early lead, but his long range shot whistled narrowly past the post. At the other end, Duvan Zupata somehow managed to miss from Stipe Perica's cross when it seemed easier to score.

Andrea Belotti and Luca Rossettini both hit the woodwork with headers just before the break as an entertaining half somehow ended goalless.

However, five minutes into the second half, Czech midfielder Jakub Jankto intercepted Emiliano Moretti's pass before firing a fierce left footed shot into the top corner.

Belotti hit the bar for a second time before the Granata were caught on the counter attack and Perica doubled Udinese's lead from close range. However, two minutes later, Toro were given a lifeline when Emiliano Moretti reacted quickest to swivel and score.

The comeback was complete when Andrea Belotti headed home Zappacosta's excellent cross to equalise with seven minutes remaining an earn Toro a deserved point.

Forza Toro

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Torino v Udinese Preview

Torino will look to continue their impressive home record when they face Udinese on Sunday afternoon. 

Leandro Castan and Mirko Valdifiori could feature for the Granata, whilst Iago Falque should replace Juan Iturbe in the front three. 

Opponents Udinese are unbeaten in the their last three matches, winning the last two before the international break so should prove to be a tough test.

Torino 3-1 Udinese

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Torino 2-2 Inter

Torino earned a deserved point in an entertaining 2-2 draw with in-form Inter on Saturday evening, although two Joe Hart errors proved costly.

Juan Iturbe was once again preferred to Iago Falque, whist Cristian Molinaro started in place of Antonio Barreca and Afriyie Acquah was given a rare start in midfield.

The away side took the lead mid-way through the first half as Joe Hart let a low shot from Geoffrey Kondogbia squirm past his right arm. However, Toro were level six minutes later when Adem Ljajic's corner was flicked on by Emiliano Moretti and Daniele Baselli headed in from five yards out.

Toro took the lead on the hour mark as a flowing counter attack was finished off by Afriyie Acquah whose sublime shot found the far corner. However, Inter would equalise moments later as Joe Hart failed to claim a cross and that allowed Antonio Candreva to volley home.

Ivan Perisic missed an excellent chance to claim all three points for the visitors in the dying seconds, but he blazed his volley over the bar. Therefore, both teams had to settle for a point which was probably a fair result as neither side deserved to be on the end of a defeat.

Forza Toro

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Torino v Inter Preview

Torino will look for a third consecutive victory at the Stadio Grande Torino when they face Inter on Saturday evening.

Leandro Castan could return to the starting eleven to try and help a Toro defence that has not kept a clean sheet since January, whilst Iago Falque will also be pushing for a recall.

Opponents Inter are in excellent form and have won four of their last five games, including a sensational 7-1 victory over Atalanta last time out.

Torino 1-2 Inter

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Lazio 3-1 Torino

Torino's poor away record continued on Monday evening as they conceded two late goals to lose 3-1 against Lazio.

The home side dominated the first half, with former Toro striker Ciro Immobile going closest but he was denied by Joe Hart.

Sinisa Mihajlovic made a rare defensive change to begin the second half, with Cristian Molinaro returning from injury to replace Daniele Baselli as the Granata changed to a more conservative formation. However, Lazio would take the lead just before the hour mark as Immobile capitalised on Emiliano Moretti's failure to clear a low cross.

Maxi Lopez came on with Torino looking to force an equaliser, and the Argentine striker provided it after being on the pitch for less than ten minutes as he headed home Juan Iturbe's free kick.

Torino were looking a threat on the counter attack, but with less than five minutes remaining, substitute Keita Baldé gave Lazio the lead thanks to an outstanding long range effort.

Felipe Anderson added a third goal in injury time with Torino chasing an equaliser, as the Granata's poor away form continued.

Forza Toro

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Lazio v Torino Preview

Torino will look to improve their horrendous away record when they travel to the capital to face Lazio on Monday night.

Toro have only won two away games all season - both against teams in the bottom three, Palermo and Crotone. Torino have not kept a clean sheet since January 8th, which could mean fit again Brazilian defenders Carlão and Leandro Castan could feature.

Lazio are still in the race for a Champions League spot and have won four of their last five Serie A games, with former Toro striker Ciro Immobile scoring in his last three appearances.

Lazio 2-1 Torino

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Torino 3-1 Palermo

Andrea Belotti produced yet another incredible performance in what has been a remarkable personal campaign so far by scoring an eight minute hat-trick in Sunday's 3-1 victory over Palermo.

Belotti and Iago Falque both went close in the early stages, but it was the away side who took a shock lead on the counter attack through Andrea Rispoli's long range effort.

Toro were struggling to find a breakthrough against a stubborn Palermo side, and Sinisa Mihajlovic introduced Adem Ljajic, Juan Iturbe and Maxi Lopez off the bench in search of an equaliser.

With seventeen minutes remaining Belotti scored his first of the evening as he headed home from a corner. Toro then took the lead three minutes later as Adem Ljajic's excellent free kick was volleyed in by the former Palermo striker.

Things got even worse for the away side as Hungarian winger Norbert Balogh was dismissed for a second yellow card. Belotti completed his hat-trick three minutes later, as once again Belotti headed home a corner which Rosanero keeper Josip Posavec once again came for, and failed to claim.

This was an important victory for Toro against a team in the bottom three, and Andrea Belotti once again showed his importance and is now the current Serie A Capocannoniere with 22 goals.

Forza Toro

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Torino v Palermo Preview

Torino will be looking to complete their first league double of the season when they face Palermo at Stadio Grande Torino on Sunday afternoon.

Toro beat the Rosanero 4-1 in Sicily back in October, and a repeat of that scoreline would certainly lift the mood in the Granata camp after a disappointing few months. Captain Marco Benassi is suspended, so Samuel Gustafson or Afriyie Acquah should deputise, whilst fit again Luca Rossettini should replace error-prone Arlind Ajeti.

Palermo currently occupy the final relegation position and are seven points away from 17th placed Empoli. Whilst form has improved under coach Diego Lopez, they have lost three of their last four away games - although they did pick up a surprise point away to Napoli in January.

Torino 3-1 Palermo

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Fiorentina 2-2 Torino

Torino fought back from 2-0 down against Fiorentina on Monday night to somehow earn themselves a point.

Arlind Ajeti returned to the centre of defence in place of Lorenzo De Silvestri, whilst Lucas Boyé was preferred to Adem Ljajic on the left wing.

Toro were behind after only eight minutes as hesitant defending allowed Riccardo Saponara to score after Joe Hart had parried Borja Valero's initial effort. An error from Ajeti put Nikola Kalinic through on goal to double the Viola's lead, but the Croatian international was denied by Hart.

Fiorentina were creating chances almost at will, and deservedly doubled their lead when Kalinic headed home Valero's corner.

Toro finally woke up with thirty minutes remaining and were awarded a penalty when Lucas Boyé was upended in the area by Carlos Salcedo. However, Toro's penalty woes continued as Andrea Belotti hit the bar with the spot kick,

Belotti would make amends three minutes later as he headed home from close range after an excellent assist from Emilano Moretti. The home side's fragile confidence was now beginning to show, and with only five minutes remaining Toro scored an equaliser as Andrea Belotti scored his second of the game after Daniele Baselli's clever assist.

Toro somehow emerged from Florence with a point despite only really turning up for the final thirty minutes, and the game should have already been beyond them by that point. Whilst the character shown to get back into the game was admirable, the performance in the first hour was certainly concerning.

Forza Toro

Monday, 27 February 2017

Fiorentina v Torino Preview

Without a victory away from home since November, Torino travel to Florence on Monday 
evening in search of a long-awaited three points on the road.

Brazilian defenders Carlao and Leandro Castan miss out once more, so full back Lorenzo De Silvestri could continue at centre back against his former team.

Fiorentina were knocked out of the Europa League on Thursday despite holding a 3-0 aggregate lead at one stage against Gernan team Borussia Mönchengladbach, so Toro will be looking to exploit any confidence issues from the home side.

Fiorentina 1-1 Torino

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Roma 4-1 Torino

Torino's terrible away form continued as they were thumped by an impressive Roma side 4-1 at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday evening.

Full back Lorenzo De Silvestri was preferred to Arlind Ajeti in the unfamiliar role of central defence, as Davide Zappacosta also regained his place in the starting eleven.

The home side took the lead after only ten minutes as Edin Dzeko curled a low shot past his former Manchester City team mate Joe Hart from just outside the area. That lead was doubled just four minutes later as Mohamed Salah volleyed home after Antonio Barreca failed to clear.

Salah was causing the Toro defence all kinds of problems, and it was almost 3-0, but his left foot strike struck the post.

Toro were having a reasonable amount of possession, but were unable to create clear cut chances, with Serbian midfielder Sasa Lukic going closest with a long range shot that went narrowly wide.

Leandro Paredes added a third goal for Roma mid-way through the second half with a sensational strike from distance after Toro failed to clear a corner.

Maxi Lopez came on to make a rare appearance in the closing stages for Toro, and the Argentine scored his first goal of the season with five minutes remaining as he beat the offside trap and finished well beyond Wojciech Szczesny.

However, there was still time for Roma to score again with Radja Nainggolan adding a fourth in injury time to seal a convincing victory.

Forza Toro

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Roma v Torino Preview

Torino will travel to the capital hoping to improve their miserable away record, with the Granata win less on the road since November.

Daniele Baselli and Mirko Valdifiori have both returned to the squad following suspension, whilst Davide Zappacosta could replace Lorenzo De Silvestri at full back.

Roma have a 100% home record this season, winning all eleven of their games at the Stadio Olimpico, and come into this game off the back of an impressive 4-0 victory at Villarreal in the Europa League on Thursday.

However, Toro did win the earlier meeting between these two sides 3-1 back in September which was probably the Granata's best performance of the season so far.

Roma 2-1 Torino

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Torino 5-3 Pescara

Torino finally won their first game of the New Year after an eight goal thriller against Pescara on Sunday afternoon.

The Granata made a stunning start and were ahead after only two minutes when Iago Falque volleyed home his tenth goal of the season. Toro made it 2-0 moments later as Arlind Ajeti capped his home debut with a goal as the Albanian international found the net with the aid of a deflection.

With only fifteen minutes on the clock Andrea Belotti added a third after an excellent individual effort which culminated in scoring with a low shot from outside of the area.

Joe Hart made an outstanding save to deny Gianluca Caprari and ensure Toro made it to half time with their three goal lead in tact.

Adem Ljajic ended his goal drought early in the second half with a curling effort which Pescara keeper Albano Bizzarri would have been disappointed not to save.

Belotti added his second goal of the game on the hour mark as he headed home Falque's cross to put Toro 5-0 up.

When Arlind Ajeti put through his own net with twenty minutes remaining it seemed to just be a consolation, which in fairness, the away side had deserved. However, moments later, former Manchester City midfielder Ahmad Benali struck from close range to make it 5-2.

And there were a few Toro fans sitting uncomfortably when Benali beat his former team mate Joe Hart again as the Granata defence failed to clear their lines. Toro were able to hold on to claim all three points, but it really should have been a much more convincing margin of victory.

Forza Toro

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Torino v Pescara Preview

Torino will look to win their first game of 2017 at the seventh attempt when they host bottom club Pescara on Sunday afternoon.

After an impressive start to the season, the Granata have struggled as of late with a number of absences in the defence and midfield not helping their cause. Luca Rossettini and Leandro Castan miss out once again, whilst Mirko Valdifiori and Daniele Baselli are both suspended.

This could mean a rare start for young Serbian midfielder Sasa Lukic, whilst Afriyie Acquah has returned to the squad following participation with Ghana at the African Cup of Nations.

Pescara are rooted to the bottom of the Serie A table, and have only won one game all season - a match which was awarded to them after Sassuolo fielded an ineligible player.

Torino 4-0 Pescara

Monday, 6 February 2017

Empoli 1-1 Torino

Torino's miserable record from the penalty spot continued on Sunday afternoon as the Granata were held to a 1-1 at Empoli.

Arlind Ajeti made his Toro debut at centre back, whilst Daniele Baselli was also recalled to the starting eleven.

Torino made the perfect start and were ahead after only eleven minutes when Adem Ljajic's excellent free kick was diverted goal wards by Andrea Belotti - his fifteenth league goal of the season.

Empoli were close to scoring a spectacular equaliser, but Georgian striker Levan Mchedlidze saw his acrobatic effort go narrowly wide of the post.

On the stroke of half time, the dreadful Tuscan conditions proved costly for Toro as Arlind Ajeti's back pass held up on a puddle just outside the area and Manuel Pucciarelli nipped in to round Joe Hart and equalise.

The Granata had an excellent chance to equalise ten minutes into the second half when they were awarded a penalty when Ljajic was tripped in the area after a jinking run. However, Toro's poor record from the spot continued as Iago Falque became the third player to miss a penalty this season as he was denied by Lukasz Skorupski.

The poor conditions made it difficult for both sides to create clear cut chances and that meant Toro had to settle for a point, and their search for a first win of the new year continues.

Forza Toro

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Empoli v Torino Preview

Torino travel to Empoli on Sunday afternoon looking to improve their poor away record and also earn their first victory of 2017.

An injury crisis at the back for Toro means that Albanian international Arlind Ajeti is likely to make his debut, whilst seventeen year old Primavera defender Alessandro Buongiorno has been called up to the squad for the first time.

Former Granata midfielder Omar El Kaddouri could make his Empoli debut after signing for the Tuscan side last week, and it is felt that the Moroccan's creativity will help a side who have only scored 13 goals in 22 league games this season.

Empoli 0-1 Torino

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Grazie Giuseppe

The overriding image from Sunday's 1-1 draw with Atalanta occurred after the final whistle, as veteran midfielder Giuseppe Vives said an emotional goodbye to the Granata fans ahead of his move to Pro Vercelli.

At 36 years old, Vives has experienced most things in his football career, but even the former Lecce man seemed a little overawed with his reception from the Curva Maratona.

This was a touching and genuine moment between a player and his supporters, which showed mutual gratitude and respect, something which is unfortunately lacking from the modern game. Vives was certainly not one of the most gifted players to pull on the Torino shirt, but he exemplified the Granata spirit and gave absolute everything in each of his 164 appearances for the club.

After arriving in July 2011, Vives helped the club win promotion to Serie A in his first season, and his departure now means that every player from that promotion winning squad has now left the club.

Vives' versatility and reliability was an invaluable asset for the Granata in their return to Serie A, and this was perhaps best demonstrated by the fact that he played as a libero in a back three in the crucial fixture against Fiorentina in the 2013/14 season.

Torino's seventh placed finish in that campaign meant that Vives would get to play European football for the first time in his career, and he continued to perform admirably and he played the whole match as Toro recorded a historic victory against Athletic Bilbao in the last 32 of the Europa League.

The midfielder also chipped in with five goals throughout his Toro career, the best of which this incredible 'billiard shot' effort against Bologna last season, in a game perhaps better remembered for Andrea Belotti scoring his first goal for the club.

After the arrival of Mirko Valdifiori this season, Vives found first team opportunities limited, and it was mutually agreed to allow him to leave the club to continue his career.

Thanks for the memories Giuseppe and bocca al lupo!

Monday, 30 January 2017

Torino 1-1 Atalanta

Torino's disappointing start to 2017 continued as they were held to a 1-1 draw by an impressive Atalanta side on Sunday afternoon.

Torino made the brighter start and were ahead after only sixteen minutes when excellent work from Antonio Barreca down the left wing resulted in his cross being headed home by Iago Falque.

At the other end, Atalanta were almost level when Antonio Barreca inadvertently deflected the ball onto his own crossbar from a corner. The away side were coming into the game and Joe Hart had to make a good save to deny Rafael Tolói.

Atalanta were deservedly level mid-way through the second half when Andrea Petagna rolled Luca Rossettini and stabbed the ball past Joe Hart.

Former Toro midfielder Jasmin Kurtič missed two great chances to give La Dea the lead, but he blazed his effort high over the crossbar on both occasions.

Adem Ljajic came closest to scoring a winner for Toro, but his free kick went narrowly wide of the post as the Granata had to settle for a point.

Forza Toro

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Torino v Atalanta Preview

Torino will look to win their first game of 2017 when they face Atalanta in the early kick off on Sunday afternoon.

After a disappointing result at Bologna last weekend, the Granata fans will be hoping for a much improved performance at the Stadio Grande Torino. Andrea Belotti is back from suspension, whilst Leandro Castan could return to the starting eleven following injury - however Davide Zappacosta will miss out.

Atalanta have been the surprise package of the Serie A season so far and are currently in 6th place, having won three of the their last four games.

Torino 2-1 Atalanta

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Bologna 2-0 Torino

Torino are still looking for their first win of 2017 after they fell to a disappointing away defeat against Bologna on Sunday afternoon.

Toro almost went behind in the opening five minutes, but Joe Hart produced an excellent save to deny Marios Oikonomou.

At the other end, Adem Ljajic almost gave the Granata the lead but his long range free kick was tipped over the bar by Antonio Mirante.

Bologna took the lead two minutes before half time, as former Toro midfielder Blerim Dzemaili swept home from close range.

Marco Benassi almost brought Torino level in the second half, but he was unable to get a decisive touch from Iago Falque's corner.

With Toro looking for an equaliser, Sinisa Mihajlovic threw on Juan Iturbe and Josef Martinez, but they were caught on the counter attack by Dzemaili who scored his second of the game.

This was Torino's seventh defeat of the season, six of which have been away from home which clearly shows where the Granata needs to improve.

Forza Toro

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Bologna v Torino Preview

Torino will look to improve their miserable away form when they travel to Bologna on Sunday afternoon.

The Granata have only won two away games all season, both of which against teams in the bottom three. However, they will have to face Bologna without the suspended Andrea Belotti who was the match winner in this fixture last season as he scored a last minute penalty in April.

Belotti is expected to be replaced in the starting eleven by Lucas Boyé with Maxi Lopez being omitted from the squad once again due to issues with his weight.

In contrast to Toro, Bologna have struggled at home in recent months, winning only one of their last six games - a 3-1 win over Palermo in November.

Bologna 1-2 Torino

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Torino 2-2 AC Milan

Torino let a two goal half time lead slip as they were held to a 2-2 draw with AC Milan, with Adem Ljajic's first half penalty miss proving costly.

Torino made a bright start and were ahead after twenty minutes when Andrea Belotti reacted quickly to re-direct Adem Ljajic's wayward shot past Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Toro doubled that lead five minutes later as a goalmouth scramble finally resulted in Marco Benassi back-heeling the ball into the net.

After an excellent run down the left wing, Antonio Barreca won his side a penalty after he was upended by Gabriel Paletta. Adem Ljajic stepped up to take the spot kick, but his effort was straight at the teenager Donnarumma who has now saved penalties in both league games against Toro this season.

That penalty save seemed to re-energise AC Milan and they reduced the arrears ten minutes into the second half through Andrea Bertolacci's scrappy effort - which was awarded with the use of goal line technology.

Toro immediately went up the other end and thought they had scored a third goal, but Marco Benassi was adjudged to be offside as he tapped home.

On the hour mark, Milan were awarded a penalty of their own when Paletta was bundled to the ground by Luca Rossettini. Carlos Bacca stepped up and sent Joe Hart the wrong way to equalise.

Alessio Romagnoli was sent off in the closing stages after receiving a second yellow card for a foul on Belotti, but Toro were unable to make the numerical advantage count.

Forza Toro

Monday, 16 January 2017

Torino v AC Milan

Torino will look to gain revenge on AC Milan for knocking them out of the Coppa Italia when they face the Rossoneri on Monday evening.

Despite an impressive first half performance in which they took the lead, Toro were unable to hold on  and were beaten 2-1 on Thursday night.

Iago Falque has returned to the Toro squad but Leandro Castan is still absent so Luca Rossettini and Emiliano Moretti should continue in central defence.

AC Milan have won three of their last five league games and are looking to complete the league double over Toro having also beaten them on the opening day of the season.

Torino 2-2 AC Milan

Saturday, 14 January 2017

AC Milan 2-1 Torino

Torino were eliminated from the Coppa Italia on Thursday evening as AC Milan came from behind to progress to the quarter finals.

Sinisa Mihajlovic named a strong starting eleven and that decision looked to pay off when top scorer Andrea Belotti gave Toro a deserved lead after Marco Benassi's clever assist.

There was a worrying moment for Joe Hart as he collided with Milan striker Gianluca Lapadula's studs, but despite a long delay the England international was given the go ahead to continue.

However, the home side levelled things just after the hour mark when Juraj Kucka, a man who Mihajlovic wanted to sign in the summer, slid home from a difficult angle.

Moments later the tie had been turned completely on its head as Giacomo Bonaventura volleyed  Suso's cross past Joe Hart. The Granata had chances to force extra time, but Andrea Belotti was twice denied by Gianluigi Donnarumma.

In the closing stages, Antonio Barreca was dismissed for two yellow cards to cap off a disappointing night for Torino.

Forza Toro

Thursday, 12 January 2017

AC Milan v Torino Preview

Torino will travel to the San Siro on Thursday evening looking to secure a place in the Coppa Italia quarter finals, as well as avenging a defeat against AC Milan from earlier on in the season.

The home side beat Toro 3-2 on the opening weekend of the season as Gianluigi Donnarumma saved an injury time penalty from Andrea Belotti.

Both sides are taking this competition seriously and are likely to field strong teams, although Toro will be without Leandro Castan and Iago Falque through injury.

AC Milan 1-1 Torino (Torino win on penalties)

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Toro Capture Carlão

Torino have completed the signing of Brazilian defender Carlão from Cypriot side APOEL Nicosia on a permanent deal.

Carlão previously played for French side Sochaux before spending the last three years with APOEL with whom he has played in both the Europa League and Champions League.

Welcome to Torino Carlão

Sassuolo 0-0 Torino

Torino were unable to find a breakthrough in Reggio Emilia as they began the New Year with a 0-0 draw with Sassuolo on Sunday afternoon.

Toro started the game brightly and should have taken the lead in the opening stages, but Adem Ljajic was guilty of a heavy first touch when well placed.

Andrea Belotti almost scored his first goal of 2017, but his sensational attempt at an overhead kick went narrowly wide of the post. On the stroke of half time, Luca Rossettini almost diverted Ljajic's cross towards goal at the near post.

Juan Iturbe came on to make his Toro debut in the second half as the Granata looked for a winning goal, and Andrea Belotti once again went close, this time with a header.

Iago Falque almost claimed all three points for Torino, but his free kick which looked to be heading into the net, only found the side netting.

Sassuolo had a few half chances in the latter stages of the second half, but the home side appeared to be satisfied for a point from a game that Toro had largely controlled.

Forza Toro

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Sassuolo v Torino Preview

Torino will travel to Reggio Emilia to face Sassuolo on Sunday afternoon as they look for three points in their first game of 2017.

New signing Juan Iturbe could feature and make his debut for the Granata, but Afryie Acquah is on international duty with Ghana so will miss out.

After an impressive 6th placed finish last season, Sassuolo have struggled to replicate that form in this current campaign and have lost their last three matches.

Sassuolo 1-2 Torino

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Iturbe Arrives

Torino have completed the loan signing of Paraguay international Juan Iturbe from Roma until the end of the season.

Iturbe has found opportunities limited at Roma this season, but Toro will be hoping the winger can replicate the form that made the Giallorossi pay Hellas Verona €22 million for his services back in 2014.

As part of this deal, Torino have completed the permanent signing of Spanish winger Iago Falque who initially joined the club on loan from Roma in the summer.

In other news, reliable defender Cesare Bovo has left the club to join Serie A strugglers Pescara on a permanent deal.

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