Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Torino 1-0 Udinese

It is believed that former New York Yankees pitcher Lefty Gomez first coined the phrase 'I'd rather be lucky than good' and Torino certainly lived up to that mantra on Sunday afternoon as they somehow emerged victorious.

As expected, Koffi Djidji and Iago Falque replaced the suspended Nicolas Nkoulou and Simone Zaza as Toro lined up in a 3-4-3 formation with Alex Berenguer earning a rare start.

Torino should have taken the lead when Sasa Lukic's corner found an unmarked Andrea Belotti, but his header was magnificently tipped over the bar by Juan Musso in the Udinese goal.

However the Granata did not have to wait long to open the scoring, as Cristian Ansaldi's accurate cross found Ola Aina who headed home his first goal for the club.

Udinese's best chance in the first half was from a set piece, but Rodrigo De Paul's long range free kick was easily dealt with by Salvatore Sirigu.

With fifteen minutes remaining, Udinese were awarded a penalty by VAR after Koffi Djidji was adjudged to have fouled Stefano Okaka. However, De Paul was denied from the spot following an outstanding save from Sirigu.

In the final minute of normal time, Udinese thought they had their equaliser as Stefano Okaka fired a low drive past Sirigu, however this time Toro were reprieved by VAR as Kevin Lasagna was adjudged to be in an offside position and interfering with play.

It was proving not to be Udinese's day, as in injury time, they somehow managed to hit both the bar and then the post in the same move as Torino, somehow, survived for three points.

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