Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Torino 0-0 Genoa

Torino ended 2017 on a disappointing note as they could only manage a 0-0 draw with Genoa on Saturday afternoon - their 10th stalemate of the season.

Nicolas Burdisso and Joel Obi replaced Lyanco and Daniele Baselli as expected, whilst M'Baye Niang was deployed as a central striker in the absence of the injured Andrea Belotti.

Toro made a bright start, and M'Baye Niang curled a left footed narrowly over the bar in the early stages. Nicolas Burdisso and Nicolas N'Koulou both came close to scoring from set pieces as the Granata were dominating the first half.

However, at the other end, Goran Pandev fired a shot wide of Salvatore Sirigu's far post to show the visitors were still a threat.

Alex Berenguer almost gave Torino the lead in sensational fashion, but the Spaniard's long range shot was tipped over the bar by Mattia Perin.

In the second half, M'Baye Niang was continuing to be a threat against his former club, and almost scored with a clever lob before the ball was cleared off the line by Armando Izzo. Mattia Perin continued his heroics in the Genoa goal, as he made an excellent save to deny Niang's low drive.

Once again Toro had to settle for a point, and Torino fans will be wondering what might have been this season if a few of those had been converted into victories.

Forza Toro

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