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

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