Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Genoa 1-2 Torino

Torino won away at Genoa for the first time since 1981 as they ended the season on a high with a 2-1 victory on Sunday afternoon.

Despite rumours that Nicolas Burdisso may retire at the end of the season, the Argentine defender was left on the bench with Kevin Bonifazi being preferred. Elsewhere, Alex Berenguer came in to replace the injured Adem Ljajic, and Vanja Milinkovic-Savic made a rare start in goal.

Toro took the lead after half an hour, as Andrea Belotti cleverly cut the ball back for Iago Falque to score from close range.

Genoa had a number of half chances, with Iuri Medeiros going closest for the home side with a free kick.

Torino doubled their lead after fifty-eight minutes when Cristian Ansaldi crossed for the unmarked Daniele Baselli who side-footed home.

With ten minutes remaining, Goran Pandev reduced the deficit with a controversial goal, as it looked as though Cristian Molinaro had been fouled in the build up, but despite VAR interference, it was allowed to stand.

Moments later, Cristian Ansaldi was sent off after receiving a second yellow card for a foul on Stephane Omeonga. Pandev had a great chance to rescue a point in the dying minutes, but his attempted lob bounced off the top of the crossbar as Toro held on to all three points.

This victory, coupled with Sampdoria's defeat later on in the day, meant that Torino finished the season in 9th place for the second consecutive season.

Forza Toro

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Genoa v Torino Preview

Torino will look to end the season on a high when they face Genoa on the final day of the 2017/18 Serie A season on Sunday.

Adem Ljajic picked up an injury in training so will miss out, but Alex Berenguer should deputise after impressing as a substitute in the victory against SPAL.

Genoa are in poor form and have lost four of their last five matches, however they have not lost at home to Torino since 1981.

Genoa 0-1 Torino

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Torino 2-1 SPAL

Torino came from a goal behind to beat SPAL and win their first game since April in their last home game of the season.

Emiliano Moretti returned from suspension, whilst Andrea Belotti and Iago Falque both returned to the starting eleven.

Iago Falque had Toro's first chance, but his long range shot was tipped over the bar by former Toro keeper Alfred Gomis.

Against the run of play, the away side took the lead after twenty-two minutes, thanks to Alberto Grassi's low shot from distance.

In the second half, Gomis was continuing to deny his former team as he made excellent saves to deny Andrea Belotti and substitute Alex Berenguer. However, Toro finally got their deserved equaliser with twenty minutes remaining as Berenguer crossed for Belotti to score.

With three minutes remaining, Toro got their winner as Andrea Belotti crossed for Lorenzo De Silvestri who continued his fine goal scoring form to claim all three points.

Forza Toro

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Torino v SPAL Preview

Torino host SPAL in their final home game of the season, knowing that they are guaranteed a top 10 Serie A finish.

Genoa's defeat last night means Toro cannot be caught in 10th place, although to improve on that finish, Torino would have to win their two remaining games and hope Sampdoria lose their next two games.

Toro coach Walter Mazzarri is hoping for a positive end to the season to build momentum for the next campaign, so should stick with a strong line up.

SPAL are desperate for points to retain their Serie A status, and despite consecutive victories over already relegated Hellas Verona and Benevento, they are only 2 points clear of the bottom 3.

Torino 2-1 SPAL

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Napoli 2-2 Torino

Torino twice came from behind to earn an impressive point against Napoli at the San Paolo on Sunday afternoon.

Andrea Belotti started on the bench as M'Baye Niang was preferred up front, whilst Kevin Bonifazi replaced the suspended Emiliano Moretti in defence.

Napoli took the lead in farcical circumstances after twenty five minutes, as Nicolas Burdisso lingered on the ball in his own area, and was caught in possession by Dries Mertens who ended his long goal drought to score.

Toro equalised against the run of play ten minutes into the second half, as Daniele Baselli's shot took a big deflection and went past Pepe Reina in the Napoli goal.

The home side regained the lead with less than twenty minutes remaining as substitute Marek Hamsik thumped home a volley from just outside the area.

However, Adem Ljajic's cross was headed home by Lorenzo De Silvestri to earn Toro an unlikely point.

Forza Toro

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Napoli v Torino Preview

Torino will be looking to end the Serie A campaign on a high when they face Napoli on Sunday afternoon.

Toro's form has dipped recently and have not won since a 1-0 victory against Inter a month ago, and will still be hoping to clinch a top 10 finish.

When Napoli beat Juventus in Turin a fortnight ago, it seemed that this match could be crucial in the Scudetto race. However, after defeat to Fiorentina last weekend, a Napoli defeat would hand Toro's rivals another Serie A title.

Napoli 2-0 Torino

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Torino 0-1 Lazio

Torino are without a win in four games as they fell to defeat against Champions League chasing Lazio on Sunday night.

Salvatore Sirigu made a great save to deny Alessandro Murgia in the opening stages, who scored in this fixture last season.

Lorenzo De Silvestri almost scored against his former team, but he was denied by Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha.

Lazio were awarded a penalty when Sergej Milinkovic-Savic was upended by Nicolas N'Koulou, however, Luis Alberto's penalty was saved by Salvatore Sirigu.

Sirigu was continuing to perform heroics in the Torino goal, as he produced a magnificent save to deny Lucas Leiva. However, from the resulting corner, Milinkovic-Savic headed home to give Lazio a deserved lead.

Lazio had numerous chances to extend the lead against a Toro team who lacked any quality and honestly looked as though they couldn't wait for the season to be finished - a worrying trait with three games remaining.

Forza Toro