Saturday, 30 November 2019

Genoa v Torino Preview

Torino travel to Genoa on Saturday evening looking to achieve successive away victories in the league for the first time since September 2017.

That task is made more difficult by the fact Andrea Belotti is a doubt after he limped off in the defeat against Inter. However, the Toro captain has been included in the squad.

Genoa won their first game under new coach Thiago Motta, but have lost two and drawn two since that victory against Brescia.

Genoa 1-1 Torino

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Torino 0-3 Inter

Torino fell to a disappointing 3-0 home defeat against Inter in terrible weather conditions on Saturday evening.

Torrential rain at the Stadio Grande Torino put the game in doubt, but the game did begin after a slight delay as particularly poor areas of the pitch were made playable.

The home side may have been regretting the work of the groundsmen to get the game on, when inspirational captain Andrea Belotti limped off the pitch with a rib injury after only ten minutes. Almost immediately, Inter took the lead when Lautaro Martinez latched onto a headed clearance and finished well past Salvatore Sirigu.

The Italian international goalkeeper then made a stunning save to deny Romelu Lukaku from doubling the away side's lead. However, from the resulting corner, more poor defending from Toro allowed Stefan de Vrij to side foot home at the far post.

Toro came close to pulling a goal back just before half time, but this time it was Samir Handanovic's turn to make a great save, as he denied Lorenzo De Silvestri.

However, Inter put the result beyond any doubt when Romelu Lukaku added a third goal, ten minutes after half time.

This was another disappointing performance for the Granata, who have now lost seven of their thirteen league games this season - and are only four points above the bottom three.

Forza Toro

Friday, 22 November 2019

Torino v Inter Preview

Torino host Inter at the Stadio Grande Torino on Saturday evening in search of back-to-back victories for the first time since August.

The Granata will be without Lyanco who was injured on international duty, whilst Daniele Baselli and Tomas Rincon are also doubts despite being included in the squad. Alex Berenguer, who scored twice as a substitute against Brescia is in line to be rewarded with a starting place.

Inter have made an excellent start to the season, and are only one point behind Juventus at the top of the table under new manager Antonio Conte.

Torino 1-1 Inter

Monday, 11 November 2019

Brescia 0-4 Torino

Torino secured their first three points since September as they thumped Brescia 4-0 on Saturday afternoon.

Toro made a bright start and were awarded a slightly controversial penalty when Andrea Cistana was adjudged to have handled Simone Verdi's free kick. Andrea Belotti stepped up and made no mistake to give the Granata the lead.

Incredibly, Toro were awarded another penalty for handball, which seemed a lot more clear cut but did need a VAR consultation after Ales Mateju handled Belotti's shot. The Torino captain stepped up and once again converted to doubled Torino's lead.

The home side were then reduced to ten men when Ales Mateju received a second yellow card for a foul on Belotti.

However, despite the man disadvantage, Brescia started the second half well and could have reduced the deficit but Salvatore Sirigu made an excellent double save to first deny Florian Ayé and then Nikolas Spalek.

However, Alex Berenguer came on as substitute for Toro and the Spaniard sealed the three points for the Granata with a smart turn and finish. The former Osasuna man then added a fourth on the counter attack as Toro claimed a much needed victory.

Forza Toro

Saturday, 9 November 2019

Brescia v Torino Preview

Torino head to the Stadio Mario Rigamonti in Brescia on Saturday afternoon in desperate need of their first victory since September.

Mario Rigamonti, one of the star defenders of the Grande Torino team was born in the city of Brescia and the stadium was named after him when it opened in 1959.

Nicolas Nkoulou has returned to the squad following suspension, however Kevin Bonifazi, Daniele Baselli, Iago Falque and Simone Zaza all miss out due to injury.

Brescia are one of the few teams in worse form that Toro, and have lost five of their last six matches. A defeat at fellow newly promoted side Hellas Verona last week resulted in former Toro player Eugenio Corini being sacked as manager, and he has been replaced by Fabio Grosso.

Brescia 1-2 Torino

Friday, 8 November 2019

Torino 0-1 Juventus

Torino had a much improved performance but fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat against Juventus in the Derby Della Mole.

Bremer replaced the suspended Nicolas Nkoulou in defence, whilst Tomas Rincon returned to the starting eleven following injury.

Toro thought they should have had a penalty in the opening stages, when Matthijs de Ligt handled Andrea Belotti's flick on - however the referee waved away Torino's appeal.

At the other end, Salvatore Sirigu made a good save to deny Paulo Dybala after good work from Federico Bernardeschi.

Torino's best chance of the first half came when Andrea Belotti cut the ball back for Soualiho Meïté, but the French midfielder blazed the ball over the bar.

Just before half time, Sirigu once again came to the rescue as he made a miraculous save to deny De Ligt opening the scoring from close range.

At the start of second half, the Toro goalkeeper made another sensational save, this time to deny Cristiano Ronaldo. Sirigu was once again the saviour for Torino as he tipped an excellent volley from substitute Gonzalo Higuain over the bar.

However, from that resulting corner, Juventus finally took the lead as a deep corner was knocked back for Matthijs De Ligt to volley home.

Toro almost equalised immediately, as Cristian Ansaldi's slalomed through the Juve defence before finally being denied by Wojciech Szczęsny.

The Granata thought they had an injury time equaliser, after an excellent finish from Bremer, but the Brazilian was flagged offside.

Forza Toro!

Friday, 1 November 2019

Torino v Juventus Preview

Torino head into the first Derby Della Mole of the season on Saturday evening in desperate need of a result, following a run of one win in eight games.

Nicolas Nkoulou will miss the game through suspension, whilst Iago Falque has picked up an injury in training so will miss out.

Juventus are currently one point clear at the top of the Serie A table, however they could only manage a draw in their last away game at Lecce.

Forza Toro