Sunday, 2 December 2018

Torino 2-1 Genoa

Torino came from behind to claim a vital three points as they beat 10 men Genoa 2-1 on Sunday afternoon.

Walter Mazzarri urged for Toro to make a positive start in Saturday's pre match press conference, and stayed true to his word by naming an attacking starting eleven.

Iago Falque, Simone Zaza and Andrea Belotti started together for the first time, whilst Tomas Rincon returned from suspension in midfield.

Toro did make a bright start, with Cristian Ansaldi a constant threat on the left wing, but it was Genoa who had the first chance of the game on the counter attack when Krzysztof Piątek hit the post.

The Granata responded well and Andrea Belotti went close with a glancing header that went narrowly wide of the post. The game changed when former Hellas Verona player Romulo was sent off for Genoa, after the Brazilian received two yellow cards in the space of just three minutes.

However, it was Genoa who took the lead despite their numerical disadvantage as Christian Kouame took advantage of some terrible Toro defending from a corner to poke home.

In first half injury time, Torino equalised thanks to Cristian Ansaldi's excellent volley from outside of the area.

Incredibly, straight from the kick off, Toro regained the ball and won a penalty when Iago Falque was upended in the area by former Tottenham midfielder Sandro. Andrea Belotti stepped up to score the penalty to give the Granata a surprising half time lead.

The Granata had chances to increase their margin of victory in the second half, but goalkeeper Ionut Radu made two good saves to deny Andrea Belotti.

Torino held on to secure an important, albeit unconvincing victory that moves them up to 6th place in the Serie A table.

Forza Toro

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