Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Torino 1-2 Lecce

Torino missed a great opportunity to win their first three games of a Serie A season - a feat that has not happened for 43 years - as they fell to shock 2-1 home defeat to newly promoted Lecce.

Walter Mazzarri decided to stick with the same starting eleven that beat Atalanta before the international break, despite Simone Zaza being fit and Simone Verdi signing from Napoli.

Toro had the first chance of the game, but Alex Berenguer could not make any contact with Andrea Belotti's low cross.

The away team took the lead against the run of play ten minutes before half time, as Salvatore Sirigu could only parry Filippo Falco's initial shot, which meant Diego Farias was on hand to score.

Torino were awarded a generous penalty just before the hour mark, as substitute Simone Zaza was adjudged to have been pushed at a corner. Andrea Belotti stepped up to take the penalty, and the captain sent Gabriel the wrong way to equalise.

However, it was the Southern side who looked the most likely to score a winner, and their loyal band of travelling fans got what they wanted with less than twenty minutes to go. The goal was similar to the first, as Sirigu could only parry a long range shot from Marco Calderoni, and substitute Marco Mancosu volleyed home from close range.

Salvatore Sirigu made a sensational save to deny Khouma Babacar from inflicting further damage on the Granata, whilst at the other end, Simone Verdi went close from a deflected shot.

Toro thought they should have had a penalty in injury time when Andrea Belotti was pushed to the floor, but after a lengthy VAR delay, the referee decided not to award a spot kick, and Lecce could celebrate a memorable victory.

Forza Toro

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