Torino swept 10-man Pescara away 3-0 in their first home game of the season, even after Rolando Bianchi’s penalty was parried.
It wasn’t a great start for the two newly-promoted clubs, who finished level on points in Serie B last season. Toro began with a goalless draw at Siena, while the Delfini were beaten 3-0 at home by Inter. New signings Alessio Cerci and Ante Vukusic were on the benches, having just arrived over the last few days.
Rolando Bianchi’s diving header just failed to connect with an Alen Stevanovic cross, while Alessandro Sgrigna was halted by an extremely tight offside decision. Alessandro Gazzi also only skimmed a dangerous corner to the back post, as Birkir Bjarnason did just about enough to put him off.
Just shy of the half-hour mark, Bianchi went clear on a Sgrigna through ball and was brought down by Christian Terlizzi as he was pulling the trigger. The red card and penalty were inevitable, sending Pescara down to 10 men. However, Bianchi got back up and saw his relatively central spot-kick well saved by 19-year-old goalkeeper Mattia Perin.
The Torino celebration was only delayed by a few minutes, as Bianchi knocked down a headed assist for Sgrigna to beat Perin from close range. It was his first Serie A goal.
Vukusic made his Serie A debut after the transfer from Hajduk Split, but Toro maintained control of the match. Perin performed a desperate save to deny Sgrigna when one-on-one and then parried a Mario Alberto Santana effort.
The Granata pressure paid off with Sgrigna bursting down the right with a pull-back for Matteo Brighi to sweep home. However, Pescara had reason to protest, as Sgrigna may well have been offside when he started that move.
There was barely time to argue before Torino had scored their third goal, a trademark powerful Bianchi header that gave Perin no chance.
Pescara did have a chance to get their first Serie A goal of the season, but Simone Romagnoli was charged down in front of Jean-Francois Gillet.
Ex-Fiorentina winger Cerci came on for his Torino debut, but within three minutes had clashed heads with Romagnoli in an inauspicious start.
Sent off: Terlizzi 28 (P)
Saved penalty: Bianchi 28 (T)