Friday, 16 March 2018

Torino v Fiorentina Preview

Torino will try and end a run of three successive defeats when they face Fiorentina on Sunday afternoon.

Toro had an improved performance in their last match against Roma, particularly in the first half, but were disappointing after conceding the first goal.

M'Baye Niang could return to the starting eleven, whilst Nicolas Burdisso has returned from suspension.

This fixture is bound to be an emotional affair, following the tragic death of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori only two weeks ago. Fiorentina come into this match in good form, having won three of their last five games, including a narrow 1-0 victory over Benevento last weekend.

Torino 2-1 Fiorentina

Monday, 12 March 2018

Roma 3-0 Torino

Torino lost a third successive game as they fell to a 3-0 defeat against Champions League contenders Roma on Friday night.

Alex Berenguer and Daniele Baselli both came into the starting eleven, in place of M'Baye Niang and Joel Obi.

Toro were the better side in the first half, and Roma keeper Alisson had to make a great save to tip Iago Falque's low shot round the post. Falque then turned provided as his excellent cross found Andrea Belotti, he somehow blazed the ball over the bar.

The Granata were continuing to create chances, as they recovered the ball inside the Roma half and Afriyie Acquah forced another save out of Alisson.

Roma took the lead ten minutes into the second half as Kostas Manolas headed home Alessandro Florenzi's excellent cross. Toro struggled to react after going a goal behind, and with less than twenty minutes remaining, Roma doubled their lead as Daniele De Rossi reacted quickest as Toro failed to clear a free kick.

In injury time, Roma added a third goal through substitute Lorenzo Pellegrini which was harsh on Toro, especially considering their promising first half performance.

Forza Toro

Friday, 9 March 2018

Roma v Torino Preview

Torino will look to win at the Stadio Olimpico for the third time this season as they face Roma on Friday evening.

Toro have already knocked Roma out of the Coppa Italia, whilst they also shocked city rivals Lazio 3-1 in the same stadium after Ciro Immobile received a first half red card.

The Granata have not played for a fortnight after their home match against Crotone was postponed following the tragic death of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori.

Roma come into this match in good form,  after beating league leaders Napoli 4-2 at the San Paolo last Saturday - although Edin Dzeko is suspended for this game.

Roma 2-2 Torino

Friday, 2 March 2018

Hellas Verona 2-1 Torino

Torino fell to a second successive defeat as they lost to relegation threatened Hellas Verona on Sunday afternoon.

M'Baye Niang returned to the starting eleven, whilst Afriyie Acquah was preferred to Daniele Baselli in midfield.

Toro made a poor start and were behind after only twelve minutes as Mattia Valoti headed home from a corner. The Granata failed to have a shot on target in the first half, with only Niang and captain Andrea Belotti even having half chances.

Toro were level four minutes into the second half as a rapid counter attack involving the front three culminated in Niang firing past Nicolas in the Hellas Verona goal.

Nicolas N'Koulou had a great chance to give Toro the lead, but the defender blazed the ball over the bar when well placed. Somewhat against the run of play, Hellas took the lead with thirteen minutes left, as Mattia Valoti scored his second of the game, reacting quickest after Salvatore Sirigu parried Bruno Petkovic's initial effort.

Toro could not find a equaliser so fell to a second successive defeat, and with Sampdoria and AC Milan both winning, the Granata are now eight points away from the Europa League places.

Forza Toro