Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Cagliari 0-0 Torino

Torino missed the chance to move into the Europa League places, as they were held to a 0-0 draw against Cagliari on Monday night.

Cristian Ansaldi replaced the injured Ola Aina, whilst the suspended Tomas Rincon was replaced by Soualiho Meïté who had only just returned from a suspension of his own.

It was an uninspiring first half, with both teams struggling to create any real chances until Nicolò Barella's cross clipped the cross bar in injury time.

Toro improved in the second half following the introduction of Simone Zaza, but home goalkeeper Alessio Cragno made good saves to deny Iago Falque, and then Zaza himself after excellent work from fellow substitute Vittorio Parigini.

Andrea Belotti had Toro's last chance with a long range effort, but he was denied by the inform Cragno to earn Cagliari a point.

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Sunday, 25 November 2018

Cagliari v Torino Preview

Torino will make the trip to Sardinia to face Cagliari on Monday evening without their coach Walter Mazzarri.

Mazzarri fell unwell on Friday evening and went to hospital, and whilst he quickly recovered, it was decided he would not return to work until further tests have been completed.

Tomas Rincon will also miss out due to suspension, with Sasa Lukic expected to deputise and Cristian Ansaldi could replace Ola Aina who picked up a slight knock on international duty.

Cagliari are currently unbeaten at home this season, winning their last two fixtures against Bologna and Chievo. However, Toro did record an impressive 4-0 victory when they played earlier this year in March.

Cagliari 1-2 Torino

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Torino 1-2 Parma

Torino's six game unbeaten record came to an end with a surprise 2-1 defeat against Parma on Saturday afternoon.

Toro made the worst possible start and were behind after only nine minutes, after a defensive mix up between Armando Izzo and Nicolas N'Koulou allowed Gervinho to score.

The Granata had a great chance to equalise, however Andrea Belotti put his close range effort over the bar. The away side then doubled their lead as Roberto Inglese finished a swift counter attack in fine style.

Torino reduced the deficit just before half time when Daniele Baselli fired home from outside the area, to give Toro hope of a comeback.

However, despite Walter Mazzarri throwing on Simone Zaza and Alex Berenguer in search of an equaliser, it was Parma who came closest to scoring again as Roberto Inglese hit the bar and the away side ultimately deserved victory against a below par Toro.

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Friday, 9 November 2018

Torino v Parma Preview

Torino face Parma on Saturday afternoon at the Stadio Grande Torino looking to extend their current six game unbeaten record.

Soualiho Meïté is suspended so Sasa Lukic or Roberto Soriano should deputise, otherwise Walter Mazzarri is likely to pick the same team who thrashed Sampdoria last weekend. 

Parma have made a good start to life back in Serie A following promotion in the summer, and are only three points behind the Granata. However, they have failed to win any of the last three games - including two defeats.

Torino 2-1 Parma

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Sampdoria 1-4 Torino

Torino produced their best performance of the season as they thrashed Sampdoria 4-1 at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris on Sunday afternoon.

Walter Mazzarri named an unchanged team to the eleven who drew against Fiorentina last time out, and the Granata made a perfect start.

After only twelve minutes, Lorenzo De Silvestri delivered an inch perfect cross that was headed home by Andrea Belotti, who had previously not scored from open play since August.

Gianluca Caprari thought he had equalised for the home side, but his curling effort went narrowly wide of the post.

On the stroke of half time, Toro were awarded a penalty when Belotti was clearly upended in the area by Samp goalkeeper Emil Audero. The Torino captain stepped up to take the penalty himself, and scored to double the Granata's lead.

Torino added a third goal just ten minutes into the second half, as the excellent De Silvestri crossed for Ola Aina, and the Nigerian headed the ball back for Iago Falque to volley home.

Sampdoria were gifted a lifeline when Daniele Baselli fouled Dennis Praet in the area, and although Fabio Quagliarella's penalty was saved by Salvatore Sirigu, the former Toro striker kept calm to convert the rebound.

However, any nerves from Torino supporters were settled with twelve minutes remaining as former Genoa defender Armando Izzo scored his first goal for the club from a corner to seal an impressive victory.

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Sunday, 4 November 2018

Sampdoria v Torino Preview

Torino will travel to Genoa to face Sampdoria on Sunday afternoon, knowing that a victory could put them into the top six.

Cristian Ansaldi has recovered from injury so has been included in the squad, whilst Roberto Soriano may not start, but could face his former team off the bench.

Sampdoria are currently two places and one point above Toro, but have only won one of their last four home games.

Sampdoria 1-1 Torino

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Torino 1-1 Fiorentina

Torino made it five games unbeaten as they came from behind to draw 1-1 with Fiorentina at the Stadio Grande Torino on Saturday evening.

Ola Aina came back into the team in favour or Alex Berenguer, whilst Koffi Djidji was once again preferred to Emiliano Moretti.

Toro made the worst possible start, and were behind after only two minutes as statuesque from Lorenzo De Silvestri saw the ball ricocheted into the path of former Torino midfielder Marco Benassi who finished well.

However, Torino responded well and were level ten minutes later when Ola Aina's shot hit the post, then the unfortunate Alban Lafont and into the net.

Torino had an excellent chance to take the lead in the second half, but Iago Falque's well hit shot from outside the area was well saved by Lafont.

At the other end, Giovanni Simeone and Kevin Mirallas both had chances to win the game for Fiorentina, but Salvatore Sirigu was able to deny them both and the game ended level.

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