SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 20 - 13 Jan 2013 (11.30 UK)
Torino 3 - 2
Brighi 5 (T), Reginaldo 32 (S), Bianchi 38 (T), Cerci 45+2 (T), Paolucci 75 (S)
Stadio Olimpico

Torino eventually scraped a 3-2 victory over Siena despite being decimated by bans, as Alessandro Rosina missed a last-minute penalty against his former club.

This was a crunch match in the race to avoid Serie B, as bottom of the table Siena faced a Toro side in disarray. The Granata were decimated by bans to Antonio Masiello, Alessandro Gazzi, Giuseppe Vives, Kamil Glik and Matteo Darmian, plus injuries for Angelo Ogbonna, Abou Diop and Mario Alberto Santana. Siena had Angelo suspended, while Marcelo Larrondo was heading to Fiorentina after Emanuele Calaiò joined Napoli.

When these sides met in Week 1 it was a goalless draw, while their history in Turin spoke of a win each and three stalemates.

It took all of five minutes to break the deadlock, as D’Ambrosio pulled back an Alessio Cerci cross for the on-rushing Matteo Brighi to fire in with his right foot. It was only the midfielder’s 22nd Serie A goal in 314 appearances, though curiously his fourth past Siena.

Guillermo Rodriguez needed a sliding tackle to intercept ex-Toro star Alessandro Rosina’s through ball for Reginaldo in the box, but Siena had no centre-forwards and it showed.

Defender Luis Neto nodded over the bar, but Siena did manage to equalise when a ball was not cleared effectively and Reginaldo managed to bundle it over the line from close range with a combination of chest and shoulder.

It didn’t take long for Toro to restore their advantage, as six minutes later Rolando Bianchi nodded in Valter Birsa’s cross when left criminally unmarked.

The Tuscans threatened to draw level again before the break, but Massimo Paci’s header from a Rosina corner was over the bar, then Jean-Francois Gillet needed a desperate save.

However, in first half stoppages Alessio Cerci was clinical on the counter-attack from that Siena chance, waltzing round goalkeeper Gianluca Pegolo to deposit into an empty net.

Gillet had to sprint off his line to clear a shaky backpass as Michele Paolucci went to pounce. Bianchi was booked for jumping with an elbow out on Paci and will be suspended for the next game against Pescara.

Gillet had his palms stung in a fantastic reaction save on a Rosina volley that was heading under the bar. Siena gave Francesco Della Rocca his debut after this week’s move from Fiorentina.

The visitors did get one back with 15 minutes to go after Cerci sluggishly gave the ball away in the final third, allowing a Cristiano Del Grosso cross that Reginaldo knocked down for Paolucci’s finish at the back post.

Siena were pushing hard and Gillet flew to palm an Andrea Sestu volley out from under the bar. From the resulting corner, debutant Della Rocca was tripped from behind by Brighi for a penalty, though he also made the most of it.

Rosina stepped up against his former club and fired it well wide! That error sealed Siena’s sixth consecutive defeat.


Torino: Gillet; D’Ambrosio, Di Cesare, Rodriguez, P Caceres; Brighi, Basha; Cerci, Sansone (Meggiorini 79), Bianchi, Birsa (Suciu 79)
: Pegolo; Neto, Paci, Felipe; Belmonte (Sestu 56), Bolzoni (Della Rocca 73), Vergassola, Valiani (Paolucci 41), Del Grosso; Rosina, Reginaldo
Ref: Di Bello

Missed penalty: Rosina 89 (S)