Monday, 28 August 2017

Torino 3-0 Sassuolo

Torino won their first game of the new season as they kept their first clean sheet since January with a 3-0 victory over Sassuolo.

Lorenzo De Silvestri, Antonio Barreca and Tomas Rincon all came into the team from the side who drew with Bologna on the opening day.

Toro made a bright start in the opening ten minutes, but first Alex Berenguer, and then Andrea Belotti were unable to make contact with crosses from the right wing.

The Granata took the lead on the stroke of half time in a move started by an excellent piece of composure by new signing Nicolas N'Koulou. The Cameroon international then passed the ball to Lorenzo De Silvestri whose deep cross was scissor-kicked into the net by Andrea Belotti.

The away side almost equalised in fortuitous circumstances as his cross was deflected and almost beat Sirigu at his near post but it instead hit the post.

Simone Edera almost made an instant impact after coming off the bench, but dragged his shot wide of the target within seconds of entering the pitch.

However, Toro doubled their lead with just over five minutes remaining as Iago Falque intercepted a poor back pass by Alfred Duncan, and unselfishly set up Adem Ljajic who scored his second of the season.

Toro added a third goal minutes later as a great run by Belotti resulted in the Granata skipper cutting the ball back for Joel Obi who side-footed home.

Forza Toro

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