Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Juventus 4-0 Torino

It was a Derby Della Mole to forget for Torino as Daniele Baselli's early red card allowed Juventus to prevail with a comfortable 4-0 victory.

Cristian Ansaldi was preferred to Cristian Molinaro at left back whilst Lyanco kept his place after impressing in the victory at Udinese.

In the early stages, Juan Cuadrado's shot was tipped over the bar by Salvatore Sirigu, whilst Adem Ljajic fired a shot over the bar for the visitors.

The home side took the lead after sixteen minutes when Paulo Dybala capitalised on a mistake from former team mate Tomas Rincon and fired a low shot into the bottom corner from just outside the area.

Less than ten minutes later the turning point of the match occured when Daniele Baselli received a second yellow card for a wild challenge on Miralem Pjanic and Toro were reduced to ten men.

Five minutes before half time Juve doubled their lead with another strike from outside the area, with Miralem Pjanic sweeping the ball past Sirigu.

Any hopes of a memorable comeback were extinguished early in the second half as Alex Sandro headed home from a corner. The margin of victory could have been even greater had it not been for the excellent Sirigu who made fantastic saves to deny both Mehdi Benatia and Douglas Costa.

However, Juventus did add a fourth goal in injury time with Dybala scoring his second of the game to add to Torino's misery.

Forza Toro

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Juventus v Torino Preview

Torino will look to go one step further than last season and beat Juventus at the Allianz Stadium for the first time on Saturday evening. 

The Granata were minutes away from victory in May after Adem Ljajic's sensational free kick, but Gonzalo Higuain came off the bench to rescue a point in injury time. 

Both Turin clubs come into this Derby Della Mole clash unbeaten although Juventus have won all five Serie A matches so far, whilst Toro have drawn with Bologna and Sampdoria.

Lyano and Cristian Ansaldi will be pushing to start after impressing in mid-week in the victory at Udinese, whilst Afriyie Acquah who was controversially sent off in the last game against Juventus is back in the squad after injury.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Udinese 2-3 Torino

Torino won their third match of the season as they beat Udinese 3-2 in an entertaining clash on Wednesday evening.

Cristian Ansaldi and Lyanco both made debuts for the Granata as Sinisa Mihajlovic rotated his defence ahead of the derby on Saturday.

Toro were ahead within ten minutes when Adem Ljajic's long range shot could only be parried by Simone Scuffet and Andrea Belotti pounced to open the scoring.

Andrea Belotti was also instrumental in Torino's second goal, as il Gallo's persistence on the left wing eventually forced an own goal from the unfortunate Emil Hallfredsson.

Udinese reduced the arrears when Nicolas N'Koulou was harshly adjudged to have upended substitute Jakub Jankto in the area and the home side were awarded a penalty, which was converted by Rodrigo De Paul.

However, Torino re-established their two goal lead thanks to Ljajic's clever finish as the Serbian found a gap for his low shot.

Udinese ensured a nervy last fifteen minutes when Kevin Lasagna diverted De Paul's shot past Salvatore Sirigu to make it 3-2. With the final kick of the game, the home side had a chance to equalise but Jankto was denied by a heroic block from debutant Ansaldi.

Forza Toro

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Udinese v Torino Preview

Torino will travel to Udine on Wednesday evening looking to earn their third victory of the season against Udinese.

Despite earning victories against Sassuolo and Benevento, the Granata have yet to look that convincing this season, and with the derby against Juventus on the horizon, Sinisa Mihajlovic will hope for that to change sooner rather than later.

Mihajlovic is likely to rotate his squad, with Brazilian defender Lyanco and deadline day signing both Cristian Ansaldi expected to make their debuts.

Udinese have only won one of their four fixtures so far this season, with the other three matches resulting in defeat. Former Toro striker Maxi Lopez could feature against his old team, having started the last match against AC Milan.

Udinese 1-2 Torino

Torino 2-2 Sampdoria

Torino conceded in the opening minute, but fought back to maintain their unbeaten start to the season with a 2-2 draw with Sampdoria on Sunday afternoon.

Toro made only two changes from the team who started last weekend's victory at Benevento, with Antonio Barreca replacing Cristian Molinaro and Daniele Baselli coming in for the injured Joel Obi.

Duvan Zapata, who was often linked with a move to Torino in the transfer window, gave Samp the perfect start as the Colombian capitalised on a mistake by Emiliano Moretti to fire past Salvatore Sirigu.

However, Toro were level just ten minutes later with Daniele Baselli scoring a sensational goal from outside the area. The Granata then took the lead moments later when Adem Ljajic fed Andrea Belotti and the Toro captain scored with an accurate left footed finish.

Sampdoria were level before half time as former Toro striker Fabio Quagliarella was left unmarked at the far post and was able to tap home Ivan Strinic's cross.

M'Baye Niang had a great chance to score his first goal in a Toro shirt, but he could only clip the post when one on one with Christian Puggioni.

Andrea Belotti and substitute Simone Edera both had chances to give Toro a victory, but Torino had to make do with a point.

Forza Toro

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Torino v Sampdoria Preview

Torino will look to maintain their unbeaten start to the season when they host Sampdoria at the Stadio Grande Torino on Sunday afternoon.

Toro have a midfield injury crisis with Afriyie Acquah and Joel Obi picking up injuries in the narrow victory over Benevento, but Mirko Valdifiori is included in the squad for the first time this season after recovering from his own injury.

Sampdoria have won both their games this season, but have not played since August 27th as last weekend's fixture against Roma was postponed due to flooding in the Genoa area.

Torino 2-1 Sampdoria

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Benevento 0-1 Torino

Torino left it late to claim their second Serie A victory of the season as Iago Falque's injury time winner gave the Granata all three points.

Toro made two changes from the side who beat Sassuolo, as Cristian  Molinaro replaced Antonio Barreca and M'Baye Niang made his debut, with the deadline day arrival replacing Alex Berenguer.

Amato Ciciretti came close to opening the scoring for the home side, but his free kick was tipped over the bar by Salvatore Sirigu. At the other end, Adem Ljajic was looking bright in the early stages, and the Serbian international twice forced Vid Belec into making a saves from long range.

Moments before half time, Sirigu produced a sensational save to turn Massimo Coda's goal bound shot around the post.

Benevento were creating chances, especially on the counter attack, and Sirigu once again had to be at his best, this time to deny substitute Achraf Lazaar.

However, in the dying seconds, Benevento were cruelly denied a first ever Serie A point as Adem Ljajic's excellent through ball found Iago Falque, and the Spaniard kept calm to secure a somewhat undeserved victory.

Forza Toro

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Benevento v Torino Preview

Torino will look to make it consecutive Serie A victories when they face newly promoted Benevento on Sunday evening.

The Granata were impressive 3-0 winners over Sassuolo before the international break, with Andrea Belotti scoring an early 'goal of the season' contender.

New signings Cristian Ansaldi, Nicolas Burdisso and M'Baye Niang are all included in the squad, whilst Daniele Baselli has recovered from injury and could feature.

Benevento have lost both their opening two fixtures against Sampdoria and Bologna, both by a single goal margin, although former Toro winger Vittorio Parigini could make his debut for the Stregoni.

Toro have never faced Benevento in league action before, but they did meet in the Coppa Italia in 1982, with Torino coming from behind to emerge 2-1 winners.

Benevento 1-3 Torino

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Transfer Window Summary

With the summer transfer window closing on Thursday, here is a summary of all the deals done including a number of dramatic transfers on the final day.

Torino started their business early, with deals to sign Brazilian defender Lyanco and goalkeeper Vanja Milinković-Savić arriving from São Paulo and Legia Gdansk before the transfer window had even officially opened.

Goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu signed on a free transfer from PSG to replace Joe Hart who had returned to Man City after his loan spell expired. Cameroon international Nicolas N'Koulou was a surprise arrival from Lyon, with the defender arriving on loan with an option to make the deal permanent.

Midfielder Tomás Rincón also arrived on loan from local rivals Torino, although the Granata will be obliged for this to become permanent at the end of the campaign. Spanish winger Alex Berenguer arrived from Osasuna on a permanent deal, with Toro seeing off interest from Napoli to sign the talented youngster.

Striker Umar Sadiq signed on loan from Roma to provide back up for Andrea Belotti in a complicated deal which Toro can make permanent, but Roma also have a counter option.

A number of players have left the club in the summer, with Daniele Padelli joining Inter after his contract at the club expired. Defenders Carlão and Arlind Ajeti joined APOEL and Crotone on loan, whilst Gaston Silva and Luca Rossettini left permanently to sign for Pumas and Genoa.

Marco Benassi was Torino's highest profile departure, with the highly rated midfielder leaving the club to join Fiorentina. Saša Lukić left the club to join Levante on loan, whilst Mattia Aramu went to Virtus Entella on a temporary basis.

A number of deals also took place on deadline day, with Davide Zappacosta surprisingly being signed by Chelsea in a deal that could be worth €30m. Zappacosta was replaced by Inter defender Cristian Ansaldi, who signed on a two year loan with an obligation to make permanent.

Fellow Argentine Nicolás Burdisso also signed for Toro on a free transfer, whilst Torino's marquee signing of the summer also took place on the final day, with M'Baye Niang signing from AC Milan in a deal which will break Toro's transfer record.

There were also outgoings on Thursday, with Danilo Avelar leaving to join French side Amiens, Maxi Lopez departing for Udinese, and Vittorio Parigini for Benevento.