SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 18 - 22 Dec 2012 (14.00 UK)
Torino 2 - 0 Chievo
Sardo og 13 (T), Gazzi 26 (T)
Stadio Olimpico

Torino rode their luck with two early deflected goals to end Chievo’s run of three straight wins.

It was a relegation tussle and the wind was definitely in Chievo’s sails after three consecutive victories over Genoa, Cagliari and Roma. Toro, on the other hand, had just two points from their last five. Mario Alberto Santana, Matteo Brighi and Angelo Ogbonna missed out for the hosts, while Luciano, Kamil Vacek, Marco Rigoni and Nicolas Frey carried injuries.

The Flying Donkeys had never won here between Serie A, B and the Coppa Italia, managing only two draws and as many losses.

Torino broke the deadlock after just 13 minutes when a corner was turned under the bar at the near post. It appeared to be Kamil Glik, but replays showed Gennaro Sardo actually got the crucial touch into his own net.

There was also a deflection on the second goal, as Alessio Cerci pulled back from the by-line for Alessandro Gazzi’s fierce finish that took a touch off Marco Andreolli to loop over Stefano Sorrentino.

Cerci was running rings around Boukary Drame, who was replaced after just 30 minutes, while teammates Cyril Thereau and Alberto Paloschi engaged in an on-field argument.

Sardo got his head to another corner, but this time it was the opposition’s goal and he turned wide. Dario Dainelli crucially deflected a Cerci angled drive over the bar practically in front of the line.

Sansone’s left-foot curler shaved a coat of paint off the post, as Chievo struggled to make any dent in the Granata wall.


Torino: Gillet; Darmian, Glik, Rodriguez, Masiello; Basha, Gazzi; Cerci (Basha 92), Bianchi, Sansone (Sgrigna 81), Birsa (D’Ambrosio 83)
Chievo: Sorrentino; Sardo, Andreolli, Dainelli, Dramé (Jokic 30); Guana, L Rigoni (Di Michele 76), Cofie; Hetemaj; Paloschi (Pellissier 54), Thereau
Ref: Banti