Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Udinese 1-1 Torino

Torino once again suffered a VAR controversy as Alex Berenguer had a goal wrongly disallowed in a 1-1 draw at Udinese.

With Ola Aina not fit enough to start the game, Berenguer started at left wing back, whilst Daniele Baselli was preferred to Tomas Rincon in midfield.

After twelve minutes, Toro had a goal disallowed when Berenguer headed past Simone Scuffet, but replays showed the Spaniard was onside. However, as referee Paolo Valeri had already blown his whistle, it was not possible to refer to VAR.

Lorenzo De Silvestri had a great chance to give Toro the lead, but he fired his shot wide of the far post.

Udinese took the lead just before the half hour against the run of play after a counter attack and Rodrigo De Paul's long range effort deflected off Nicolas N'Koulou and past Salvatore Sirigu.

Andrea Belotti should have equalised before half time, but the Toro captain was unable to connect with a volley when well placed.

Torino were on level terms four minutes after half time, when midfielder Soualiho Meïté scored his second goal for the club with an excellent left footed strike from outside the area.

Substitute Ola Aina had Toro's best chance to win the game, but he blazed his shot over the bar after a promising run, and the Granata had to settle for a point.

Forza Toro

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Udinese v Torino Preview

Torino will look to make it back-to-back victories when they travel to face Udinese on Sunday afternoon.

Ola Aina is included in the squad following injury, but if he is not fully fit, Vittorio Parigini could make his first appearance for the club.

Udinese have made a similar start to Torino, earning four points from their opening three games, with their only victory being a 1-0 home win against Sampdoria.

Prediction
Udinese 1-2 Torino

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Torino 1-0 SPAL

Torino won their first Serie A game of the season with a narrow 1-0 victory in a rain-affected game against SPAL.

As expected, Ola Aina made his first start for the Granata, whilst Simone Zaza had to make do with a place on the bench once again.

Andrea Belotti had Torino's first chance, but he was denied by former Toro keeper Alfred Gomis at the near post. After seventeen minutes, the match was suspended as the torrential rain in Turin made the pitch virtually unplayable.

As the rain stopped, the match resumed an hour later, and Toro should have found themselves behind when Andrea Petagna found space in the area, but the former Atalanta man curled his shot wide of the target.

Toro took the head in the early stages of the second half, as Roberto Soriano's excellent cross was headed home by Nicolas N'Koulou.

Salvatore Sirigu continued his fine start to the season by saving Mohamed Fares' free kick that had almost managed to evade every player in the box.

Simone Zaza finally made his debut in a Torino shirt, and should have had a first goal, but rushed his shot when well placed.

However, Toro held on for a crucial first victory, and although not a classic performance, given the difficult stop-start nature of the contest, this was perhaps understandable.

Forza Toro

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Torino v SPAL Preview

Torino will look to earn their first Serie A victory of the new season when they host SPAL on Sunday evening.

It has been a busy week for the Granata, with both M'Baye Niang and Adem Ljajic leaving the club on loan.

Daniele Baselli has recovered from injury, so could replace Roberto Soriano in the starting eleven, whilst Ola Aina should make his first start for the club after impressing after replacing the injured Cristian Ansaldi against Inter.

SPAL have made a perfect start to the Serie A so far after narrow victories against Bologna and Parma. The winning goals in both of those games were scored by former Toro players, Jasmin Kurtic and Mirco Antenucci - whilst goalkeeper Alfred Gomis, who has kept two clean sheets, is also a former Granata player.

Prediction
Torino 2-0 SPAL