Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Roma 3-2 Torino

Torino's unbeaten away record is no more as they were beaten 3-2 in the Italian capital by Roma on Saturday afternoon.

In the absence of the suspended Armando Izzo, Lyanco made his first league start in over a year, whilst an injury crisis in midfield forced Cristian Ansaldi to play as a makeshift centre midfielder. A late injury in the warm up for Sasa Lukic meant a change in formation and a rare start for Vittorio Parigini.

Despite a bright start, Toro were behind after only fifteen minutes when they failed to clear a set piece, and whilst Nicolo Zaniolo's initial shot was saved by Salvatore Sirigu, he was still able to have a second shot which went past the former PSG keeper.

Roma doubled their lead ten minutes before half time when Salvatore Sirigu upended snooker fanatic Stephen El Shaarawy in the area. That allowed Aleksander Kolarov to step up and send Sirigu the wrong way.

Toro had a chance to reduce the deficit just before half time, but Iago Falque could only hit the post when through on goal.

However, Torino looked a totally different team after half time, and it only took them six minutes to  get a goal back, through Tomas Rincon's curling effort from just outside the area.

Mid way through the second half, Torino then scored a deserved equaliser thanks to Cristian Ansaldi's excellent first time volley from nearly twenty-five yards.

However, just five minutes later, Roma regained the lead thanks to El Shaarawy's calm finish following Lorenzo Pellegrini's excellent through ball.

Toro thought they should have had a penalty following a foul by Robin Olsen on Andrea Belotti, but it was not given, and the Granata lost their first away game of the season.

Forza Toro

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