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