Friday, 2 February 2018

Torino 3-0 Benevento

Torino made it seven points in three games since Walter Mazzarri took charge as they beat 10 man Benevento 3-0 on Sunday afternoon.

Mazzarri once again named an unchanged starting eleven, although Andrea Belotti was fit enough for a place on the bench.

Toro made the perfect start and were ahead after only three minutes when Alex Berenguer's cross found fellow countryman Iago Falque who headed home.

Despite the early goal, Benevento were the better team and had chances to equalise through Massimo Coda and Guilherme. However, the turning point of the game occurred in a strange incident ten minutes before half time when visiting goalkeeper Vid Belec was shown a straight red card.

Belec was initially impeded from releasing the ball to start a counter attack by M'Baye Niang, and the Slovenian keeper reacted by kicking out Niang, leaving the referee with little option but to send him off.

Niang showed no ill effects of his altercation with Belec, as only moments later, he doubled Torino's lead with a well-taken goal. Toro added a third goal on the stroke of half time (after a VAR review), as Joel Obi was on hand to score after Lorenzo De Silvestri's original header was parried.

Daniele Baselli and Iago Falque both had excellent chances to extend the Granata's lead in the second half, whilst Andrea Belotti also made his return from injury for the last half an hour but Toro settled for a 3-0 victory.

Forza Toro

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