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.

Forza Toro

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