Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Torino v Carpi Preview

Torino face Serie B side Carpi in the last 32 of the Coppa Italia on Wednesday evening hoping to progress in a competition that provides a route to Europa League qualification.

With Toro's league form being disappointing, a run in the Coppa Italia could revitalise their season. The Granata have won the the trophy on five occasions, most recently in 1993.

Carpi are currently in mid-table in Serie B, but have not scored in any of their last five away games.

Torino 3-0 Carpi

Monday, 27 November 2017

AC Milan 0-0 Torino

Torino earnt a point against Sinisa Mihajlovic's former club in a match that ultimately cost Milan's current coach Vincenzo  Montella his job.

Nicolas Burdisso was once again preferred to Lyanco in defence, whilst M'Baye Niang started against his old club in place of Iago Falque.

Croatian striker Nikola Kalinic had the first chance of the game but the former Fiorentina man could only hit the post when through on goal.

Salvatore Sirigu made a good save to keep out Suso's free kick, whilst Andre Silva missed a great chance as AC Milan dominated the first half.

Sirigu continued to perform heroics in the Torino goal as he produced a sensational double save to deny Kalinic. 

Incredibly, Toro almost stole all three points at the death as Iago Falque's close range shot was cleared off the line by a combination of Riccardo Montolivo and Gianluigi Donnarumma after Andrea Belotti's initial header was saved. 

However, Torino held on to earn their third successive Serie A draw and remain unbeaten at the San Siro in the 2017/18 season. 

Saturday, 25 November 2017

AC Milan v Torino Preview

Torino travel to the San Siro for the second time this month, this time to face AC Milan on Sunday afternoon.

The Granata earned a creditable 1-1 draw against Inter three weeks ago, but were unable to replicate that performance against Chievo last weekend, although they did ultimately achieve the same result.

M'Baye Niang could feature against his former side, whilst centre back Lyanco could return to the starting eleven following injury.

Despite much investment in the summer, AC Milan have so far been underwhelming this season and are only one place and one point above the Granata.

AC Milan 2-1 Torino

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Torino 1-1 Chievo

Andrea Belotti missed a second half penalty as Torino were held to a 1-1 draw at the Stadio Grande  Torino by Chievo.

Sinisa Mihajlovic named the same starting eleven who played so well against Inter at the San Siro a fortnight ago, with Nicolás Burdisso being preferred to the fit again Lyanco.

The away side started the game brightly, and Lucas Castro almost opened the scoring but his header rebounded of the post. However, Chievo didn't have to wait long to take the lead as Perparim Hetemaj out muscled Lorenzo De Silvestri to head home at the far post.

Toro were level just after the half hour mark when Joel Obi's excellent cross was met by a fantastic looping header from Daniele Baselli.

In the second half, Iago Falque was denied by a sensational save by Stefano Sorrentino as the former Toro keeper tipped his volley onto the bar, whilst Andrea Belotti blazed the rebound over the bar.

With twenty minutes remaining, Torino were awarded a penalty with the assistance of VAR after Andrea Belotti was upended by Massimo Gobbi. However, the out of sorts Belotti was denied by the veteran Sorrentino, who guessed the right way to save what was a poor penalty.

Chievo had Ivan Radovanović sent off in the dying moments, but Toro could not capitalise and had to make do with a point.

Forza Toro

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Torino v Chievo Preview

Torino will look to make it back to back home victories when they face Chievo at the Stadio Grande Torino on Sunday afternoon.

Toro impressed in their last match before the international break, gaining a well deserved 1-1 draw against Inter at the San Siro.

Andrea Belotti suffered disappointment during the international break after Italy failed to beat Sweden in the Playoff for World Cup 2018.

Brazilian defender Lyanco has recovered from injury, although Nicolas Burdisso impressed against Inter and could keep his place.

Chievo also picked up an impressive result before the international break as they held leaders Napoli to a 0-0 draw at the Stadio Bentegodi.

The 'Flying Donkeys' are only a point behind Torino, and therefore could overtake the Granata with a victory.

Torino 2-0 Chievo

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Inter 1-1 Torino

Torino produced their best performance of the season so far as they almost inflicted a first defeat of the season on high flying Inter.

Toro once again lined up in a 4-3-3 formation, with former Inter defender Nicolás Burdisso the surprise inclusion as the Argentine made his Granata debut.

Daniele Baselli's had Toro's first effort but his long range effort was well saved by Inter keeper Samir Handanovič. At the other end, Salvatore Sirigu made an excellent stop to deny Milan Škriniar from heading home.

Baselli went close once again just before half time, but the midfielder's near post header was turned round the post by Handanovič.

Toro took the lead on the hour mark as Iago Falque, scored a goal typical of the Spanish winger as he cut in on his left foot before firing home.

The Granata should have doubled their lead moments later, but Joel Obi somehow headed over the bar from close range after Adem Ljajic's free kick.

Inter equalised ten minutes from time, as substitute Eder finished well following Mauro Icardi's assist.

Torino will certainly feel disappointed with a point given the fact they took the lead, but the performance was extremely encouraging.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Inter v Torino Preview

Torino travel to the San Siro on Sunday afternoon looking to build on their much needed victory against Cagliari last weekend.

Tomas Rincon is back from suspension and should return to the starting eleven, whilst Lyanco has recovered from injury and is back in the squad.

Inter are currently unbeaten this season and only two points behind leaders Napoli in what has been an impressive start for new coach Luciano Spalletti.

However, Toro have a surprisingly good record away to Inter in recent seasons, having won two of the last three meetings between the sides at San Siro.

Inter 3-1 Torino