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.