Monday, 3 August 2020

Bologna 1-1 Torino

Torino came from behind to end the 2019/20 season with a 1-1 draw against Bologna on Sunday evening.

Moreno Longo gave Antonio Rosati a rare start in goal but the experienced goalkeeper was at fault for the opening goal.

Swedish midfielder Mattias Svanberg's low shot from just outside the area did enough to beat Rosati and give Bologna an 18th minute lead.

Former Bologna man Simone Verdi had Toro's best chance to equalise in the first half, but his shot was well saved by Lukasz Skorupski.

Toro did find an equaliser mid way through the second half, as Verdi's cross field ball was sensationally volleyed home by Simone Zaza.

Substitute Federico Santander almost scored a winning goal for the home side, but his shot went narrowly wide of the far post.

Youngster Christian Celesia came off the bench to make his Toro debut in injury time, and almost made an immediate impact but Andrea Belotti could not make a clean contact on his low cross.

Toro settled for a point and a 16th place finish in a season that started with such optimism but ended with disappointment.

Forza Toro

Sunday, 2 August 2020

Bologna v Torino Preview

Torino will travel to Bologna for their final game of the Serie A season, knowing that they can't improve on a 16th place finish.

Antonio Rosati will make a rare start in goal as Moreno Longo continues to rest first choice Salvatore Sirigu, whilst Armando Izzo has returned from injury.

Former Toro boss Sinisa Mihajlovic will be expecting a reaction from his side having lost 4-0 against Fiorentina in their last game.

Bologna 2-2 Torino

Torino 2-3 Roma

Torino lost their final home game of the season in an entertaining game on Wednesday evening against Roma.

Samir Ujkani made his Toro debut as Moreno Longo chose to rest first choice goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu.

Toro went ahead against the run of play as Simone Zaza set up Alex Berenguer who stylishly rounded his compatriot Pau Lopez to give Toro the lead. That lead did not last long as the away side equalised through Edin Dzeko just two minutes later.

Roma then took the lead as Chris Smalling headed home from Carles Perez's corner as the Giallorossi went into the break in the lead.

Fifteen minutes into the second half, Roma were awarded a penalty as substitute Koffi Djidji upended Edin Dzeko in the area. Replays did suggest as if Djidji may have won the ball, but the penalty was given and Amadou Diawara made no mistake from the spot.

Toro reduced the deficit almost immediately as young defender Wilfried Singo, making his full debut for the club scored a sensational goal. 

The Ivorian picked the ball up inside his own half before embarking on an excellent run which culminated in him firing past Pau Lopez.

That proved to be the highlight of the match for Toro as the Granata fell to a 20th defeat in what has been a forgettable (yet also unforgettable) season.

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Torino v Roma Preview

Torino host Roma in their final home of the seemingly never-ending 2019/20 season on Wednesday evening.

With their Serie A status secured, Moreno Longo may look to the future for this game, so a few of Torino's younger players may get the opportunity to impress.

Roma are in excellent form and have won five of their last six matches, and are looking to confirm a 5th placed finish.

Torino surprisingly won the reverse fixture between these sides in January thanks to a brace from Andrea Belotti.

Torino 1-3 Roma

SPAL 1-1 Torino

Torino secured their Serie A status for next season as they clinched the point needed against already relegated SPAL on Sunday night.

Lecce's defeat against Bologna just before kick off meant that Toro knew a point would be enough to guarantee their survival.

Toro dominated the first half, but struggled to create clear chances, with Simone Zaza dragging his shot wide of the target.

The away side took the lead just before the hour mark in sensational fashion thanks to a left footed curling effort from Simone Verdi which gave debutant goalkeeper Demba Thiam absolutely no chance.

The Granata were then guilty of missing opportunities to double their lead, with both Simone Zaza and Verdi missing good chances. They were punished by these wasted chances as with ten minutes remaining substitute Marco D'Alessandro equalised after Soualiho Meite lost the ball on half way.

However, Moreno Longo was relatively content with the final result as he achieved his aim of keeping Toro in Serie A - although it has certainly not been convincing.

Forza Toro

Sunday, 26 July 2020

SPAL v Torino Preview

Torino travel to face SPAL on Sunday evening knowing that a victory will all but guarantee their Serie A status.

If Lecce fail to beat Bologna earlier in the day, then a point would be enough for the Granata - but Toro should feel confident given their opponents are bottom of the table and have already been relegated.

SPAL have lost their last six fixtures, and were heavily beaten 6-1 at home by Roma in their last match.

However, Torino have lost their last eight away games in the league and were surprisingly beaten 2-1 at home by SPAL back in December.

SPAL 1-3 Torino

Torino 1-1 Hellas Verona

Torino moved a step closer to safety as they came from behind to earn a point against Hellas Verona on Wednesday night.

It was a poor first half performance from the Granata with the away side having the majority of the chances, with Darko Lazovic arguably wasting the best chance.

Hellas were awarded a penalty via VAR in the early stages of the second half as Nicolas Nkoulou was adjudged to have elbowed Fabio Borini in the area. Borini stepped up and sent Salvatore Sirigu the wrong way to give Hellas the lead.

Toro finally woke up after that goal, and were level less then ten minutes later when Cristian Ansaldi's excellent cross was headed home by Simone Zaza.

The Granata then had a great chance to win the game in injury time, but Andrea Belotti's header hit the bar.

Forza Toro

Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Torino v Hellas Verona Preview

Torino can virtually guarantee their Serie A survival if they beat Hellas Verona at the Stadio Grande Torino on Wednesday evening.

Armando Izzo picked up an injury in the defeat at Fiorentina, whilst Sasa Lukic who started that game is now suspended.

Hellas have been one of the surprise packages this season following their promotion and are comfortably in mid table.

However, Hellas will be without key man Sofyan Amrabat who is suspended, and the visitors have not won away from home since January.

Torino 2-1 Hellas Verona

Fiorentina 2-0 Torino

Torino lost their eight successive away game on Sunday evening as they were beaten 2-0 by Fiorentina.

The Granata made a nightmare start and were behind after only two minutes as Christian Kouame wayward shot was deflected into his own not by Lyanco.

Torino had to wait until the second half for the first real chance, as Andrea Belotti came close to equalling Franco Ossola's record of scoring in eight consecutive games. However, the Toro captain saw his header from Cristian Ansaldi's rebound off the post.

The home side sealed the points with fifteen minutes remaining when Soualiho Meite lost possession on half way, and Franck Ribery assisted Patrick Cutrone who finished well.

Forza Toro

Sunday, 19 July 2020

Fiorentina v Torino Preview

Torino will travel to Florence on Sunday evening to face Fiorentina as they look for their first away victory since the restart.

Armando Izzo could come into to replace Lyanco in the starting eleven, whilst Moreno Longo may choose to rotate his squad given the quick turnaround since Thursday's victory.

Andrea Belotti, who has scored in his last seven games, could equal a club record that was set in the era of Grande Torino should he score against the Viola.

Fiorentina did Toro a huge favour in their last game by beating fellow relegation strugglers Lecce, but have not won at home since January and will be looking to rectify that statistice.

Fiorentina 2-2 Torino

Torino 3-0 Genoa

Torino all but secured their Serie A status with a vital 3-0 victory over Genoa at the Stadio Grande Torino on Thursday evening.

Moreno Longo once again chose to line up with Simone Zaza and Andrea Belotti up front, with Simone Verdi offering support in a 3-4-1-2 formation.

The away started the better, and Salvatore Sirigu made a good save to deny Andrea Pinamonti from Iago Falque's cross.

However, just as he had done in the reverse fixture, Bremer headed Toro into the lead, this time from Simone Verdi's inswinging corner.

At the start of the second half, Toro were once again thankful for Sirigu, as the Italian international made three excellent saves in quick succession to deny Antonio Sanabria, Lasse Schöne and Andrea Pinamonti.

Toro then doubled their lead with fifteen minutes remaining, as excellent work from Andrea Belotti then allowed substitute Sasa Lukic to curl home from outside the area.

There was still time for the Torino captain to score in a seventh consecutive game, as Belotti fired a left footed rocket past Mattia Perin to seal all three points for the Granata.

Forza Toro

Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Torino v Genoa Preview

Torino face another relegation six pointer when they host Genoa at the Stadio Grande Torino on Thursday evening.

Moreno Longo may revert to the Simone Verdi, Simone Zaza and Andrea Belotti trident that worked well in the victory against Brescia.

Genoa can cut the gap between the two sides to just one point with a victory, and will be buoyed by the fact their victory against SPAL at the weekend was their first since the restart.

Iago Falque, who is on loan from Torino, could feature for the away side having scored twice in his last five matches.

Torino 2-2 Genoa

Inter 3-1 Torino

Torino conceded three goals at the start of the second half as they fell to a 3-1 defeat to Inter on Monday evening.

Cristian Ansaldi was surprisingly named in the front three alongside Simone Verdi and Andrea Belotti, whilst Armando Izzo returned to the team following his suspension.

Toro were gifted the lead after just seventeen minutes, when Samir Handanovic dropped a corner right to the feet of Andrea Belotti, who has now scored in six consecutive games.

The Granata had a valid appeal for a penalty turned down when Alessandro Bastoni appeared to handle in the area, whilst Ansaldi forced a save from Handanovic just before the break.

Inter began the second half like a different team, and were level within three minutes of the restart when Lautaro Martinez nodded back for Ashley Young to volley home.

Three minutes later, Inter took the lead with almost a carbon copy - this time Alexis Sanchez headed back for Diego Godin to head home.

On the hour mark, Lautaro Martinez added a third goal via the aid of a deflection from Bremer with Toro still seemingly in shock.

Andrea Belotti almost pulled a goal back for Toro, but his header hit the crossbar and the Granata lost once again.

Forza Toro

Monday, 13 July 2020

Inter v Torino Preview

Torino will head to the San Siro to face Inter on Monday evening looking to pick up more points to secure their Serie A status.

Armando Izzo is available again following suspension, and could replace Lyanco in the back three, whilst Alex Berenguer is expected to replace the suspended Simone Zaza.

Inter have suffered a couple of disappointing results since the restart, with a defeat against Bologna in their last home game all but ending their slim hopes of a title challenge. However, a victory here would move the Nerazzurri into 2nd place.

Inter 3-1 Torino

Torino 3-1 Brescia

Torino boosted their hopes of avoiding relegation by coming from behind to beat Brescia on Wednesday evening.

Moreno Longo named an attacking line up, with Simone Zaza partnering Andrea Belotti in attack, with Simone Verdi providing support for the duo.

Toro made a bright start, and were unlucky to see Verdi's effort from just outside the area rebound off the bar.

However, they then went behind in comical fashion, as a hopeful long ball by Birkir Bjarnason rebounded off Soualiho Meite and fell perfectly into the path of Ernesto Torregrossa who finished well.

Toro seemed shell shocked at going behind, and the away side could have made it 2-0 just before half time, but Torregrossa headed wide.

The Granata needed a big second half, and they made the perfect start just three minutes into the restart. Simone Verdi's volley was heading off target before it took a deflection off Ales Mateju and creeped into Jesse Joronen's near post.

Just before the hour mark, Toro took the lead as Simone Verdi's blocked effort fell perfectly into the path of Andrea Belotti who headed home.

The Granata sealed a much needed victory in the final five minutes, as Meite's long range shot was parried by Joronen and Simone Zaza was on hand to score.

Forza Toro

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Torino v Brescia Preview

Torino face Brescia on Wednesday evening in arguably the Granata's most important fixture of the season so far.

Lecce's surprise victory against Lazio last night means that Toro are only three points ahead of the Puglian side, and just four points clear of Genoa in the bottom three.

Nicolas Nkoulou and Tomas Rincon could return to the starting eleven, whilst Simone Zaza and Cristian Ansaldi could also feature.

Brescia are also fighting against relegation but kept their slim hopes of avoiding the drop by beating Hellas Verona 2-0 in their last match.

Torino 2-1 Brescia

Juventus 4-1 Torino

Torino lost their third consecutive game as they were heavily beaten 4-1 on Saturday afternoon by Juventus in the Derby Della Mole.

Moreno Longo surprisingly omitted both Nicolas Nkoulou and Tomas Rincon from the starting eleven, and it quickly looked to be a mistake.

The Granata were behind after only three minutes, as Paulo Dybala walzed his way through the Toro defence and his deflected shot beat Salvatore Sirigu.

Toro had reacted relatively well to that early set back but were then hit on the counter attack from their own corner and Juan Cuadrado doubled the home side's lead.

On the stroke of half time, Toro were awarded a penalty via VAR after Matthijs de Ligt was harshly adjudged to have handled Simone Verdi's long range shot. Andrea Belotti stepped up and converted the penalty to reduce the deficit.

The Granata were then denied an equaliser in the early stages of the 2nd half as Simone Verdi's goal was ruled out due to Andrea Belotti being offside when his effort had hit the bar.

With half an hour remaining, the game was effectively over as a contest after Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first free kick for the club.

In the dying stages of the match, substitute Koffi Djidji scored an own goal under no pressure to cap a day to forget for the Granata. 

Saturday, 4 July 2020

Juventus v Torino Preview

Torino will make the short trip across the city to the Allianz Arena for a surreal Derby Della Mole behind closed doors, with the match being vital to each team.

As 9/1 underdogs, not many people are giving Torino much hope of picking up a result as they desperately attempt to move away from relegation trouble.

One slight hope for Granata fans is that they have managed to avoid defeat in two of their last three visits to the Allianz Arena, with the sides drawing 1-1 in this fixture last season.

Earlier this season, Juventus were narrow 1-0 winners in a controversial affair in which Toro were denied a penalty for an apparent hand ball by Matthijs de Ligt.

The home side will also be desperate for points as they are currently only four points clear of Lazio at the top of Serie A.

Forza Toro

Thursday, 2 July 2020

Torino 1-2 Lazio

Despite taking an early lead, Toro fell to 2-1 defeat against Lazio on Tuesday evening as their battle to avoid relegation continues.

The Granata made the perfect start as they were awarded a penalty within five minutes when Nicolas Nkoulou's volley was handled by Ciro Immobile in the area.

Andrea Belotti, who had missed his last penalty against Parma stepped up and confidently sent Thomas Strakosha the wrong way to give Toro the lead.

Ciro Immobile had two excellent chances to make amends for the concession of that penalty but on both occasions blazed high over the bar.

However, just three minutes into the second half, the former Toro striker finally grabbed his goal, with a clever finish across Salvatore Sirigu.

With less than twenty minutes remaining and Toro hoping to cling on to a valuable point, Marco Parolo's deflected effort from just outside the area gave Sirigu no chance and was enough to give Lazio all three points. 

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Torino v Lazio Preview

Torino host Lazio on Tuesday evening looking for much needed points in their quest to secure their Serie A status.

Cristian Ansaldi and Simone Verdi both made an impact from the bench on Saturday night, so are likely to be involved.

Lazio are Juventus' nearest challengers for the Scudetto this season, and they kept alive their title hopes as they came from behind to beat Fiorentina in their last match.

Torino 1-3 Lazio

Monday, 29 June 2020

Cagliari 4-2 Torino

Torino lost their first match since the Serie A restart after a disappointing 4-2 defeat in Sardinia on Saturday evening.

Toro were behind after only twelve minutes when Uruguayan midfielder Nahitan Nandez volleyed home following a corner. The home side then doubled their lead five minutes later when Giovanni Simeone swept home from close range, with the goal initially being disallowed for offside before being allowed by VAR.

Toro felt like they should have been awarded a penalty before half time when Andrea Belotti was seemingly upended in the area by Lykogiannis, but the referee waved away the Granata's appeals.

It almost got worse before the break, when the referee initially gave Cagliari a penalty when Nicolas Nkoulou appeared to handle the ball in the area, however VAR confirmed that the ball hit the defender's shoulder.

However, a minute into the 2nd half, things did get worse for Toro when Radja Nainggolan scored from outside the area.

The introduction of Cristian Ansaldi gave Toro and immediate boost, and the Argentine's deep cross found Ola Aina whose cushioned header found Bremer, who finished well to reduce the deficit.

Hopes of an unlikely comeback were then made possible just five minutes later, when Simone Verdi's corner found Andrea Belotti, and the Toro captain volleyed home sensationally.

However, those hopes were quickly extinguished when Nicolas Nkoulou upended Luca Pellegrini in the area. Joao Pedro stepped up and sent Salvatore Sirigu the wrong way, as the home side claimed the victory in an entertaining game.

Saturday, 27 June 2020

Cagliari v Torino Preview

Torino will travel to Sardinia on Saturday evening looking to maintain their unbeaten record since the resumption.

Simone Zaza, who celebrated his 29th birthday this week will miss out through injury, but the Granata are boosted by the return of Simone Verdi who is fit again.

Cagliari picked up a much needed victory on Tuesday at SPAL thanks to Giovanni Simeone's late goal, which ended a run of four consecutive defeats.

Cagliari 1-1 Torino

Torino 1-0 Udinese

Torino claimed their first victory since January with a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Udinese on Tuesday evening.

Moreno Longo named the same starting eleven who drew with Parma in their first game since the restart, but were almost behind early on when Jens Stryger Larsen hit the post.

However, Toro did take the lead after sixteen minutes when Simone Edera set up Andrea Belotti - who made amends for his missed penalty in the previous match by firing home.

Udinese were then denied an equaliser when Salvatore Sirigu made a sensational save to deny Seko Fofana's strike from outside the area. Sirigu was once again at his best to make an excellent save from Sebastien De Maio at close range.

Despite a flurry of corners by Udinese in the 2nd half, the away side struggled to create any meaningful chances after the break. In fact, it was Toro who came closest to scoring but this time Belotti was denied by Juan Musso.

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Torino v Udinese Preview

Torino are back in action once again as they host Udinese at the Stadio Grande Torino on Tuesday evening.

Moreno Longo will be pleased with the performance if not the result in Saturday's draw with Parma, so is not likely to make many changes. However, Cristian Ansaldi has recovered sufficiently from injury to be named in the squad, but is not expected to feature.

This will be Udinese's first match since the restart, so Toro will be looking to exploit their lack of match action. Before the break, Udinese had drawn four consecutive matches, and have not won since 12th January - the same date Torino last recorded a victory.

Torino 2-1 Udinese

Torino 1-1 Parma

Torino ended their run of six consecutive defeats by earning a point against Parma, but were left to rue a number of chances, including a missed penalty.

Moreno Longo lined Toro up in a 4-4-2 formation, and the Granata made the perfect start after only fifteen minutes when Nicolas Nkoulou headed home Alex Berenguer's corner.

The Cameroonian defender then paid tribute to George Floyd in his poignant celebration following the goal.

However, on the half hour mark, the away side were level thanks to Juraj Kucka's powerful strike, although Salvatore Sirigu would have been disappointed not to save it.

In the opening stages of the second half, Luigi Sepe made an excellent save to deny Simone Zaza from close range, but Toro were then awarded a penalty when Simone Edera was fouled.

However, Sepe was the hero once again, as he made a good save to deny Andrea Belotti from the penalty spot.

The Granata still had another excellent chance to claim all three points, with substitute Ola Aina crossing for Simone Edera, but the youngster somehow missed the target with a free header and it ended level.

Forza Toro

Friday, 19 June 2020

Torino v Parma Preview

Torino will play their first match in nearly four months when they face Parma behind closed doors on  Saturday evening.

The COVID-19 pandemic that has affected almost every country in the world has at least subsided enough to allow Serie A football to resume - albeit under strict regulations.

Daniele Baselli and Simone Verdi are injured for Saturday's match, with the former not expected to return until next season.

Whilst it seems bizarre to discuss a teams 'form' due to the enforced break during the season, it is fair to say that Toro's most recent results do not make for pretty reading.

Torino have lost their last six Serie A matches, with coach Moreno Longo still looking for his first point as Toro coach. The Granata will be looking to pick up some early points in order to secure their Serie A status as quickly as possible, as their terrible form has pushed them into relegation danger.

Parma are currently in 9th place and will be looking to make a late dash towards the European places now the season as resumed.

Torino 1-1 Parma

Sunday, 1 March 2020

Napoli 2-1 Torino

Torino lost their sixth consecutive game as they fell to a 2-1 defeat against Napoli on Saturday evening.

Toro were playing in their first game for two weeks following the postponement of their home match against Parma due to concerns regarding COVID-19.

The home side were ahead within twenty minutes when Kostas Manolas headed home Lorenzo Insigne free kick.

Despite creating numerous chances throughout the match, Napoli were unable to extend their lead until the final ten minutes when Dries Mertens' excellent crossed was turned home by Giovanni Di Lorenzo.

Toro, who once again struggled to create any chances of note during the ninety minutes did claim a consolation in injury time. Substitute Simone Edera defied his 5'9 height by heading home at the far post from Cristian Ansaldi's cross.

The Granata have now not won since mid January and are only two points clear of Lecce in 18th place.

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

AC Milan 1-0 Torino

Torino fell to a fifth consecutive defeat as they lost 1-0 to AC Milan on Monday night to leave Moreno Longo still without a point as Toro coach.

Simone Edera was the surprise name in the Torino starting eleven, but his good play did allow Alex Berenguer an early chance, but the Spaniard ballooned his effort over the bar.

At the other end, Salvatore Sirigu once again displayed his value to the Granata by making a sensational save to deny Lucas Paqueta.

However, Toro were the architects of their own downfall as Berenguer lost the ball in his own half, and were duly punished when Samu Castillejo crossed for Ante Rebic to score.

In the second half, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Castillejo both missed excellent chances to extend their lead.

Torino struggled to create any chances of note and it was another disappointing performance for the Granata as they fell to another defeat.

Monday, 17 February 2020

AC Milan v Torino Preview

Torino travel to the San Siro hoping to avoid a fifth consecutive Serie A defeat, and earn Moreno Longo his first positive result as Toro coach.

Cristian Ansaldi should return to the starting eleven following injury, whilst Bremer - who scored twice in the Coppa Italia tie three weeks ago - is expected to replace the suspended Armando Izzo.

The home side suffered a disappointing defeat in the Milan Derby a week ago, losing 4-2 despite being 2-0 up at half time.

AC Milan 1-1 Torino

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Torino 1-3 Sampdoria

Moreno Longo's first game in charge of Torino ended in defeat as they lost 3-1 to Sampdoria despite taking the lead.

Armando Izzo and Sasa Lukic lukic returned to the side following suspension, whilst Lyanco was preferred to Bremer and Koffi Djidji in the back three.

The first half was an even affair, with Alex Berenguer having the best chance for the Granata, whilst Gaston Ramirez forced Salvatore Sirigu into making a save.

Early in the second half, Toro took the lead as Berenguer's pass found Simone Verdi, and the Summer signing finally scored his first goal for the club.

However, Sampdoria were level with twenty minutes remaining thanks to Gaston Ramirez's excellent free kick. Incredibly, five minutes later, the away side were ahead as Toro switched off from a throw in and the former Southampton man Ramirez was on hand to volley home.

The game was then over as a contest when Armando Izzo received his second red card in as many games for pulling back Fabio Quagliarella in the area. The former Toro man stepped up to take the penalty and powered it down the middle to secure all three points for Samp.

Forza Toro

Saturday, 8 February 2020

Torino v Sampdoria Preview

Torino host Sampdoria on Saturday evening as Moreno Longo takes charge of his boyhood club for the first time.

Armando Izzo and Sasa Lukic are both available again following suspension, whilst Cristian Ansaldi is included in the squad following injury.

Sampdoria have only won one of their last six matches, and are only four points clear of the relegation zone, following a 4-2 home defeat against Napoli in their last match.

Torino 2-1 Sampdoria

Lecce 4-0 Torino

It was another embarrassing night for Torino as they fell to a heavy defeat against Lecce on Sunday evening, a result that ultimately cost Walter Mazzarri his job.

After the disappointing defeats against Sassuolo and Atalanta, Toro needed to produce a performance in Puglia, but made the worst possible start.

With only ten minutes gone, Riccardo Saponara pulled a corner back for Alessandro Deiola to fire past Salvatore Sirigu in the Toro goal.

The home side then doubled that lead moments later as Antonin Barak was left unmarked to volley home.

It could have been 3-0 before half time, but Salvatore Sirigu made a great save to deny Gianluca Lapadula from close range.

However, things did not improve for the Granata after the break, as Sirigu was once again forced into making another save to deny Lapadula.

However, the Italian international had absolutely no chance with Lecce's third goal, as Filippo Falco scored the goal of the game from just outside the area that flew into the top corner.

Gianluca Lapadula finally got his goal as he scored from the penalty spot after Bremer fouled substitute Yevhen Shakhov in the area with twelve minutes remaining.

Andrea Belotti almost scored a late consolation goal, but the Toro captain was denied by Mauro Vigorito to seal a miserable night for the Granata.

The Toro supporters in attendance in Lecce made their views regarding coach Walter Mazzarri perfectly clear at the final whistle, and on Tuesday afternoon it was confirmed that Mazzarri would leave the club by mutual consent.

Mazzarri's replacement will be former Toro player and Primavera coach Moreno Longo who has achieved managerial success with both Pro Vercelli and Frosinone.

Forza Toro

Saturday, 1 February 2020

Lecce v Torino Preview

Torino will travel to Puglia on Sunday evening as they face Lecce looking to end a run of three consecutive defeats.

Toro performed well in the Coppa Italia defeat against AC Milan in midweek, but are still due a performance to make up for their embarrassing 7-0 home defeat against Atalanta a week ago.

Lecce have failed to win a home game all season, but have held both Juventus and Inter to draws at the Stadio del Mare, and also beat Toro in the reverse fixture back in September.

Lecce 1-1 Torino

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

AC Milan 4-2 Torino (AET)

Torino were moments away from a place in the Coppa Italia Semi Finals, but late heartbreak resulted in an extra time defeat to AC Milan on Tuesday evening.

The home side took an early lead through Giacomo Bonaventura following good work by Ante Rebic. However, Toro got a deserved equaliser from an unlikely source as Brazilian centre back Bremer galloped forward and finished like a prolific striker.

With twenty minutes remaining, Toro took the lead when Ola Aina's excellent crossed was headed home by Bremer, to get his second goal of the game.

In the first minute of injury time, substitute Hakan Calhanoglu equalised for Milan as his long range strike deflected off Koffi Djidji and past Salvatore Sirigu in the Toro goal to take the match to extra time.

In the first half of extra time, Toro had some good opportunities but were unable to find a breakthrough. The Granata were then punished as at the start of the second half, Calhanoglu fired and excellent shot past Sirigu to give the home side the lead. Moments later, Milan added a fourth goal when substitutes Rafael Leão and Zlatan Ibrahimovic combined to ensure it was the Rossoneri who progressed to the Semi Finals.

Forza Toro

Monday, 27 January 2020

Torino 0-7 Atalanta

Torino suffered their heaviest home defeat in history on a night to forget at the Stadio Grande Torino on Saturday evening.

Atalanta took an early lead when poor defending from Diego Laxalt allowed José Palomino to charge down his attempted clearance, and then provide an excellent cross to allow Josip Iličić to score.

The away side doubled their lead ten minutes later when German wing back Robin Gosens volleyed home from outside the area following a corner.

It was 3-0 just before half time when the referee awarded a generous penalty when Sasa Lukic pulled back Iličić in the area, and Duvan Zapata made no mistake from the spot.

Torino actually made a bright start to the second half, and had a chance to pull a goal back, but Andrea Belotti was denied by Pierluigi Gollini.

However, the game was put beyond any doubt after a moment of genius by Josip Iličić. The Slovenian reacted quickly when a free kick was awarded to Atalanta on the half way line, and he shot directly at goal to catch Salvatore Sirigu off his line.

Toro struggled to recover psychologically from that goal, and conceded almost immediately from kick off as Iličić found himself unmarked to complete his hat trick.

The home side then lost their discipline at 5-0 down, as Armando Izzo was sent off for a second yellow card.

Atalanta were awarded a second penalty of the match when Soualiho Meite upended Rafael Tolói in the area. Substitute Luis Muriel sent Salvatore Sirigu the wrong way to make it 6-0, whilst the Columbian striker then made it 7-0 moments later.

Toro were reduced to nine men in stoppage time when Sasa Lukic received a straight red card for a late challenge on Papu Gomez as the Granata faithful looked on in disbelief of what they had just witnessed.

Forza Toro

Friday, 24 January 2020

Torino v Atalanta Preview

After a disappointing defeat against Sassuolo in their last match, Torino will be looking to make amends when they face Atalanta on Saturday evening.

The Granata will be without the suspended Ola Aina and Tomas Rincon, whilst Cristian Ansaldi and Simone Zaza are still unavailable due to injury.

Atalanta are looking at making a return to the Champions League this season, but suffered a shock 2-1 home defeat against SPAL on Monday evening.

Torino 1-3 Atalanta

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Sassuolo 2-1 Torino

Sassuolo staged a second half comeback to beat Torino 2-1 at the Mapei Stadium on Saturday evening.

The Granata made a bright start and took the lead after twenty minutes when Tomas Rincon's low shot from outside the area was deflected into his own net by Manuel Locatelli.

Toro almost doubled their lead moments later, but Andrea Belotti's curling shot went wide of the far post. At the other end, Salvatore Sirigu made a great save to deny Francesco Caputo, although the former Empoli player probably should have scored.

On the stroke of half time, Simone Verdi had an excellent chance to score his first goal for the club - but he elected to try and volley rather than head Andrea Belotti's cross.

The home side came out at the start of the second half like a totally different team and quickly scored a deserved equaliser. Former Birmingham City winger Jeremie Boga picked up the ball, nut mugged Tomas Rincon, and then curled a sensational shot into the top corner.

Boga then turned provider fifteen minutes later as his low cross was swept home by Domenico Berardi to give Sassuolo the lead.

Substitute Vincenzo Millico came closest to scoring an equaliser for Toro, but the youngster saw his curling effort from outside the box hit the bar.

Forza Toro

Saturday, 18 January 2020

Sassuolo v Torino Preview

Torino travel to Sassuolo hoping to make it three league wins from three matches following the winter break.

Toro are boosted by the news that Lyanco, Tomas Rincon and Daniele Baselli are all included in the squad following injuries and illness. Iago Falque, who has been linked with a move away from the club is also included.

The home side come into this game in poor form, having lost their last three matches - including a heavy 3-0 defeat at Udinese in their last fixture.

Sassuolo 1-2 Torino

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Torino 1-0 Bologna

Torino were not at their best, but managed to do enough for all three points against Bologna on Sunday evening.

Tomas Rincon missed the game due to flu, so Soualiho Meite started in midfield alongside Sasa Lukic.

Toro took the lead after just ten minutes when Andrea Belotti set up Thursday's cup hero Alex Berenguer to score.

Simone Verdi came close to scoring his first goal for the club against his former side, but his curling effort hit the post.

The away side dominated the second half, against a tired looking Torino side, and Argentine Rodrigo Palacio twice missed glorious chance where it had seemed easier to score.

However, Toro somehow held on to claim an important victory, with European qualification now looking like a possibility.

Forza Toro

Saturday, 11 January 2020

Torino v Bologna Preview

Torino will look to maintain their perfect start to 2020 when they host Bologna on Sunday afternoon at the Stadio Grande Torino.

Toro will be without the injured Simone Zaza, so Toro should keep the Verdi, Berenguer and Belotti trident that played against Roma last weekend.

Former Toro coach Sinisa Mihajlovic will make his first return to the Grande Torino since being diagnosed with leukemia, and is sure to receive a great reception from the Granata fans.

Torino 2-1 Bologna

Friday, 10 January 2020

Torino 1-1 Genoa AET - Torino win 5-3 on Penalties

Torino progressed to the quarter finals of the Coppa Italia thanks to a penalty shootout victory over Genoa on Thursday evening.

Walter Mazzarri named a strong team, with Salvatore Sirigu staying in goal, and Andrea Belotti partnering Simone Verdi up front.

However, it was the away team who took an early lead when Francesco Cassata crossed for Andrea Favilli to score from close range.

However, Toro were level moments later when Alex Berenguer crossed for Lorenzo De Silvestri to score.

Torino had their chances to win the match in normal time, but Andrei Radu made an excellent save to tip Andrea Belotti's header over the bar.

In extra time, Radu made another excellent save to deny Bremer, whilst Soualiho Meite was sent off after receiving a second yellow card.

The match went to penalties and Toro converted all their five spot kicks - with Alex Berenguer winning the tie with a 'panenka'. Ivan Radovanovic was the only player to miss for Genoa.

Forza Toro

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Roma 0-2 Torino

Torino produced their best performance of the season on Sunday evening, as they began 2020 with an impressive victory at Roma.

With Cristian Ansaldi and Bremer suspended, Lorenzo De Silvestri and Koffi Djidji came into the back five.

The Granata made a great start, and captain Andrea Belotti was only denied an early goal when Pau López made an excellent save to tip his goal bound shot onto the post.

Lorenzo De Silvestri also had a great chance for Toro, and the former Lazio man should have done better with his header when well placed.

The home side came into the game, and Torino were once again thankful for Salvatore Sirigu who made excellent saves from Aleksandar Kolarov and then Lorenzo Pellegrini.

On the stroke of half time, Toro took a deserved lead thanks to their captain who fired a powerful shot past Lopez from a difficult angle.

Toro were continuing to create chances in the second half, and for the second time in the game, Lopez had to tip a shot from Belotti onto the woodwork - this time the bar.

Roma had a number of half chances to force an equaliser, but a combination of good defending and poor finishing kept Toro ahead.

With five minutes remaining, Torino were awarded a penalty after a VAR consultation when Chris Smalling clumsily handled the ball in the area. Belotti stepped up to convert and seal an important three points.

Forza Toro

Saturday, 4 January 2020

Roma v Torino Preview

After a disappointing end to 2019, Torino will travel to the capital on Sunday evening hoping for a better start to 2020.

Bremer and Cristian Ansaldi are both suspended so Kevin Bonifazi or Koffi Djidi should deputise in the back three, whilst Ola Aina or Diego Laxalt should replace Ansaldi.

Roma ended 2019 in excellent form, winning four of their last five games of the year - whilst also picking up an impressive point at the San Siro against Inter.

Roma 3-1 Torino

Torino 1-2 SPAL

Torino's disappointing and inconsistent season continued with a home defeat against bottom of the table SPAL, as they ended the game with ten men.

As expected, Andrea Belotti returned to the starting eleven and the Granata made a perfect start as Tomas Rincon fired home after only four minutes.

However, the away side were looking dangerous in their search of an equaliser and Alberto Paloschi somehow missed a free header from close range.

Toro came close to doubling their lead, but Etrit Berisha made a great save with his legs to deny Andrea Belotti.

SPAL got the goal they deserved just before half time as Gabriel Strefezza curled home to score his first Serie A goal.

The game turned ten minutes into the second half when Bremer received his second yellow card for a needless challenge.

Despite going down to ten men, Torino's performance did improve and Walter Mazzarri brought on Simone Zaza to try and win the game.

However, with ten minutes remaining, it was SPAL who got the winning goal when Andrea Petagna headed home a right wing cross.

Forza Toro