Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Cagliari 0-4 Torino

Torino ended a run of four successive defeats with a surprise 4-0 victory over Cagliari on Saturday afternoon.

The Granata lined up in a 3-5-2 formation for the first time this season , with Iago Falque supporting Andrea Belotti in attack.

Toro had the first chance of the match, but Daniele Baselli somehow missed the target from close range after good work from Tomas Rincon.

At the other end, Alessandro Deiola should have given the home side the lead but he blazed over the bar from close range. Former Juventus man Simone Padoin should have done better when through on goal, but he was denied by Salvatore Sirigu.

The turning point arrived ten minutes after half time as Adem Ljajic replaced Afriyie Acquah and Toro switched to a more adventurous 3-4-1-2 formation. The impact was almost immediate as Andrea Belotti inadvertently set up Iago Falque to score, after the Toro captain's own shot hit the post and then ricocheted off him and into the path of Falque.

That bit of luck is what Toro had been missing in recent weeks, and Ljajic soon added a second with a smart finish.

Cristian Ansaldi added a third as the Argentine scored his first Toro goal from just inside the area, whilst Andrea Belotti set up substitute Joel Obi to score a VAR assisted fourth goal in the dying moments.

Forza Toro

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