Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Torino 2-1 Cagliari

Torino won for the first time since September as they came from behind to clinch a crucial three points against Cagliari.

Sinisa Mihajlovic, who was rumoured to be facing the sack should Toro lose, changed to a 4-3-3 formation for this match and was also boosted by the news that Andrea Belotti was available following injury.

The Granata went behind after half an hour following a quick fire counter attack that resulted in Diego Farias finding Nicolò Barella who finished well.

Toro only had to wait ten minutes for their equaliser, and it was another well worked goal, as Adem Ljajic found Cristian Ansaldi in space, and the versatile Argentine crossed for Iago Falque to tap home.

In the second half, Adem Ljajic and Andrea Belotti both missed excellent chances to give Toro the lead. However, with twenty five minutes remaining, Cagliari failed to clear the ball from a corner, and substitute Joel Obi headed home from close range.

Andrea Belotti and Daniele Baselli both missed late chances to increase the margin of victory and reduce the nerves of the supporters, but Toro managed to hold on for a much needed victory.

Forza Toro

Friday, 27 October 2017

Torino v Cagliari Preview

Torino coach Siniša Mihajlović may need to beat Cagliari at the Stadio Grande Torino on Sunday evening in order to save his job.

The Serbian is under pressure at the Granata after a run of five matches which has only returned two points and included a heavy derby defeat.

Antonio Barreca and Tomas Rincon are both suspended so Cristian Molinaro and Afriyie Acquah could deputise, whilst M'Baye Niang could be deployed as a central striker in place or the frustrating Umar Sadiq.

Cagliari have lost five of their last six matches, but picked up an important victory in midweek to deny Benevento their first ever Serie A point, thanks to an injury time winner.

Torino 2-0 Cagliari

Fiorentina 3-0 Torino

Torino's poor form continued as they fell to a disappointing 3-0 defeat against Fiorentina, and ended the match with only ten men.

Antonio Barreca replaced Cristian Molinaro in the only change from Sunday's defeat against Roma, and Toro started the game brightly.

Iago Falque almost capitalised on Marco Sportiello's poor goal kick, however the Spaniard's shot was deflected wide.

The home side took the lead somewhat against the run of play, and it was obviously former Toro midfielder Marco Benassi who scored the goal, with a powerful strike past Salvatore Sirigu.

Torino responded well, and Emiliano Moretti volleyed against the bar after the Viola failed to clear from a corner.

Sinisa Mihajlovic made a change at half time, as Alex Berenguer replaced Umar Sadiq and M'Baye Niang moved upfront. The substitution almost paid off immediately, as Niang went through on goal, but the crossbar denied the Granata once again.

Salvatore Sirigu was keeping the Granata in the contest as the former Palermo man made excellent saves to twice deny Federico Chiesa, as well as making a sensational save from Valentin Eysseric.

However, he could do nothing to deny Giovanni Simeone, who doubled Fiorentina's lead with an excellent half-volley from just outside the area. The match was ended as a contest less than ten minutes later when Antonio Barreca was adjudged to have pushed Chiesa in the area and was harshly sent off.

Khouma Babacar converted the penalty to add more misery to the visiting Torino supporters and also increase the pressure on Granata coach Sinisa Mihajlovic who may need to beat Cagliari on Sunday to save his job.

Forza Toro

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Fiorentina v Torino Preview

Torino travel to Fiorentina on Wednesday evening looking for their first victory since a 3-2 win at Udinese a month ago.

Antonio Barreca should start at left back after returning from injury, whilst Umar Sadiq is expected to keep his place up front.

Fiorentina are one place above Torino in the Serie A table on goal difference, but come into this match in much better form having won their last two matches.

Former Toro midfielder Marco Benassi, who joined the Viola in the summer, was on target in Sunday's 3-0 victory at Benevento.

Fiorentina 2-2 Torino

Torino 0-1 Roma

Torino's winless run stretched to four matches as they fell to a narrow defeat to Roma on Sunday afternoon.

Toro were unchanged from the team who drew with Crotone last week, with striker Umar Sadiq continuing to deputise for the injured Andrea Belotti.

The unorthodox Sadiq was causing problems for his parent club, when he could stay onside, and the Nigerian blazed over the bar when through on goal.

On the stroke of half time, Roma should have taken the lead but Kevin Strootman somehow failed to convert from only two yards out.

Toro looked unusually toothless in the final third and struggled to create clear cut chances in the absence of Andrea Belotti.

With twenty minutes remaining, Aleksandar Kolarov struck an excellent free kick from twenty five yards past Salvatore Sirigu to give the away side the lead.

Torino, who if truth be told, never looked like scoring all afternoon could not find an equaliser and fell to their second defeat of the Serie A season.

Forza Toro

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Torino v Roma Preview

Torino will look for their first win in a month when they host Roma at the Stadio Grande Torino on Sunday afternoon.

Toro are still without the injured Lyanco and Andrea Belotti, but Antonio Barreca and Afriyie Acquah are back in the squad.

Roma have won all three of their Serie A away fixtures and earned an impressive 3-3 draw at Chelsea in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Torino 1-1 Roma

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Crotone 2-2 Torino

For the second Torino game in a row there was injury time drama, but on this occasion it was Lorenzo De Silvestri who rescued a late point for the Granata.

Emiliano Moretti replaced the injured Lyanco, whilst Umar Sadiq replaced Andrea Belotti to make his long-awaited debut.

The home side took the lead after only twenty five minutes when Swedish winger Marcus Rohden curled home a low shot past Salvatore Sirigu.

Tomas Rincon, Adem Ljajic and M'Baye Niang all had chances for the Granata before the break, but they went in at half time behind.

Toro started the second half well and they equalised after only eight minutes thanks to Iago Falque's long range effort.

However, Torino fell behind once again ten minutes later thanks to Bruno Martella's clever finish following another attack down the left wing.

Just when it looked as though Toro may be heading towards a surprise defeat, two minutes into injury time Lorenzo De Silvestri headed home to earn Torino a point.

Forza Toro

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Crotone v Torino Preview

Torino will look to recover from their embarrassing collapse against Hellas Verona a fortnight ago when they travel south to face Crotone on Sunday afternoon.

Toro let slip a two goal lead in the dying moments against Hellas, with star striker Andrea Belotti also picking up an injury in that match which will keep him out of action for a month.

Sinisa Mihajlovic has suggested that Umar Sadiq will finally make his Toro debut and replace Belotti in attack. The Granata have been dealt another blow as talented defender Lyanco was injured in training and will also miss out.

Former Toro defender Arlind Ajeti now plies his trade for Crotone, who have only won one game this season, a 2-0 victory against newly promoted Benevento in their last home fixture.

Crotone 1-2 Torino

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Torino 2-2 Hellas Verona

Torino threw away a victory in the dying moments as they conceded two late VAR assisted goals at home to Hellas Verona on Sunday afternoon.

Mirko Valdifiori made his first start of the season for Toro in midfield whilst Cristian Molinaro was preferred to Cristian Ansaldi at left back.

The away side were the dominant team in the early stages, and both Martin Caceres and Mohamed Fares had chances to give Hellas a shock lead.

However, Toro would take the lead on the half hour mark when Adem Ljajic's excellent diagonal ball found Cristian Ansaldi, and the substitute crossed for Iago Falque to score from close range.

On the stroke of half time, Torino doubled their lead thanks to an individual effort from M'Baye Niang, his first goal for the Granata since signing from AC Milan.

Toro had chances to extend their lead, but Ljajic, Niang and Andrea Belotti all missed great chances to score. The turning point occurred ten minutes from time when Belotti had to be stretchered off with a knee injury and with all substitutions all used up, Toro were left with only ten men.

Verona pulled a goal back when on loan Juventus striker Moise Kean diverted Alessio Cerci's shot into the net after a goal-line scramble. The goal was originally disallowed by the linesman for offside, but the VAR official overruled that decision and awarded the goal.

In the next attack, Hellas were awarded a penalty (via VAR) when Cristian Molinaro inexplicably handled Cerci's cross. Giampaolo Pazzini stepped up to score from the spot to earn Hellas an unlikely point, despite having Bruno Zuculini sent off deep into injury time.

Forza Toro

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Torino v Hellas Verona Preview

Torino will look to respond from last weekend's derby disappointment with a home fixture against Hellas Verona at the Stadio Grande Torino.

Toro will be without the suspended Daniele Baselli who is likely to be replaced by either Mirko Valdifiori or Samuel Gustafson, whilst Cristian Ansaldi should continue at left back.

Hellas have had a difficult return to the top flight since gaining promotion in the summer, having failed to win any of there six matches - conceding fourteen goals in the process.

The gialloblu have a familiar face in the squad in the shape of Alessio Cerci who starred in the Granata shirt as they qualified for the Europa League, before departing to join Athletico Madrid at the end of that campaign.

Torino 3-1 Hellas Verona