Saturday, 23 December 2017

Roma 1-2 Torino

Torino produced an excellent away performance to progress to the Quarter Finals of the Coppa Italia on Wednesday night.

As expected Sinisa Mihajlovic did rotate his team, with Vanja Milinkovic-Savic, Lyanco, Joel Obi, Afriyie Acquah, M'Baye Niang and Simone Edera all coming into the starting eleven.

Toro started well, and Lukasz Skorupski made an excellent save to deny Lorenzo De Silvestri from scoring a header.

At the other end, Stephan El Shaarawy came so close to giving Roma the lead but his long range shot hit the bar.

Skorupski once again performed heroics by denying Andrea Belotti's header, but this time the ball fell to Lorenzo De Silvestri and the former Lazio defender converted the rebound.

In the second half, Toro were looking a threat on the counter attack, and Simone Edera could have doubled their lead but the youngster's lofted finish from Afriyie Acquah's assist went over the bar.

Roma hit the woodwork for the second time in the match, as Patrik Schick's header glanced off the post.

Toro took advantage of that bit of fortune by doubling their lead almost immediately, as substitute Alex Berenguer delivered an outstanding cross that was headed home by Simone Edera - his second goal in a month at the Stadio Olimpico.

Roma had a chance back into the tie when they were awarded a penalty as Emiliano Moretti was harshly adjudged to have pulled back Schick, however, Edin Dzeko was denied by a magnificent save by Vanja Milinkovic-Savic.

With five minutes remaining, the home side did reduce the arrears as Patrik Schick finished well from inside the area, but Toro held on and will now face neighbours Juventus in the Coppa Italia quarter finals.

Forza Toro

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