Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Sampdoria 1-1 Torino

Walter Mazzarri kept his unbeaten record as Torino head coach in tact as ten man Toro earned an impressive point against Sampdoria.

Mazzarri changed formation for this game as the Granata lined up in a 4-3-1-2 formation, with Afriyie Acquah replacing Alex Berenguer in the starting eleven.

Toro had a great chances to take the lead in the opening moments, but Iago Falque's shot was blocked by Nicola Murru. The home side then took the lead after only eleven minutes thanks to Lucas Torreira's clever free kick. The Uruguayan midfielder drilled the ball into the Sampdoria players in the wall, who ducked, and unsighted Toro keeper Salvatore Sirigu.

Toro equalised less than fifteen minutes later thanks to Afriyie Aquah's deflected shot from outside the area.

In the second half, Tomas Rincon tested one-time Toro target Emiliano Viviano with a volley from just outside the area. With seventeen minutes remaining, Afriyie Acquah was sent off after receiving a second yellow card for a foul on Torreira.

However, despite being down to ten men, Toro were continuing to create chances, and after a quickly taken free kick, substitute Andrea Belotti went through on goal but blazed over the bar.

Sampdoria came close to clinching all three points thanks to Valerio Verre's long range strike, but Sirigu tipped it over the bar to earn Toro a deserved point.

Forza Toro

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