Monday, 29 May 2017

Torino 5-3 Sassuolo

Torino's final 90 minutes of the 2016/17 Serie A season was an entertaining encounter which typified their campaign as a whole as they beat Sassuolo 5-3 at the Stadio Grande Torino.

Toro took the lead with only six minutes on the clock as Lucas Boy√© collected the ball on the left wing before beating his man and curling an inch-perfect shot into the far corner to score his first Serie A goal.

However,  Sassuolo were level less than ten minutes later, as despite Joe Hart's excellent save from Stefano Sensi, Gregoire Defrel was on hand to score. That goal would mean that Hart would not end his Toro career with a clean sheet - and that the Granata would fail to keep a clean sheet in the entire second half of the season.

Toro regained the lead when Andrea Belotti's exquisite assist gave Daniele Baselli the freedom of the Stadio Grande Torino to pick his spot and score.

Defrel grabbed his second equaliser of the game when he converted Matteo Politano's inadvertent pass and fired passed Joe Hart. Torino re-gained the lead on the stroke of half time when Lorenzo De Silvestri scored his first goal for the club after finishing a move that he started.

Iago Falque added a fourth for Toro after capitalising on a heavy touch from his own team mate Andrea Belotti which then presented the ball on a plate for the former Roma winger. However, Belotti would have a much deserved goal of his own to celebrate as he fired past Gianluca Pegolo to add a fifth.

Gregoire Defrel was able to complete his hat trick from the penalty spot after substitute Juan Iturbe upended Pol Lirola.

Toro ended what has been a mixed campaign on a high with and entertaining final game which secured a 9th placed finish in Sinisa Mihajlovic's debut season.

4 comments:

  1. Doesn't seem to be much significant transfer incomings at the club, Benassi to Fiorentina is a blow.
    Two questions:
    1- Giuseppe Rossi on a free?
    2- is there an official supporters club based in the U.K.?

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  2. Hi there, lifelong Toro supporter from Torino here.
    I just moved to Cambridge and I'd love to know how you are able to watch Toro's matches.
    As for the anonymous above, it was really hard to see Benassi walking away, but during the las third of the season, Mister Mihajlovic didn't seem to "see" him. Still, I think € 10M for a 23-year old, captain of the U21 National team was selling low on him.

    I'd love to have Rossi join the team, it would give us great flexibility as an alternative to Belotti or working with him to go from 4-2-3-1 to a 4-4-2 or 4-3-1-2 (especially in light of Andrea leaving us next year), but his medical history is scary!

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  3. Apologies for the delay in getting back to you both.

    I think Rossi could be a good suggestion but his injury record does worry me. I don't know about an official UK Toro fan club, but would be interested in helping create one if there was enough interest.

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  4. Hi Federico, welcome to England! What brings you to Cambridge?

    I watch the majority of Toro matches on Bet365 which is a betting site here in England. However, if you have money in your account it allows you to watch football from all over the world - including Serie A. The screen size is small but the quality is good.

    Bt Sport also show Serie A games and I believe the Sassuolo game may be on BT in a couple of weeks.

    Any more questions then please let me know.

    Cheers
    Rob

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