SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 38 - 19 May 2013 (19.45 UK)
Torino 2 - 2
Almiron 26 (C), Cerci 53 (T), Bergessio 62 (C), Bianchi 83 (T)
Stadio Olimpico

With his last game for Torino, Rolando Bianchi earned a point in this 2-2 draw with Catania.

Bianchi saluted the Granata fans in his final appearance for the club, albeit from the bench, though Alen Stevanovic, Mario Alberto Santana, Danilo D’Ambrosio and Paulo Vitor Barreto were out of action. Catania had already set a new record for points in a single Serie A season and wanted to secure eighth place to start the Coppa Italia in November rather than August. Nicola Legrottaglie, Alessandro Potenza, Alexis Rolin and Pablo Alvarez missed out on the trip.

Alberto Frison beat away a curling Alessio Cerci effort, but Catania took the lead when Leandro Castro pulled back for Sergio Almiron to tap in from six yards.

Cerci scored with a free header, but was rightly halted for an offside position. Almiron blasted over the bar from a promising position.

Torino equalised on 53 minutes with Cerci’s eighth goal of the season. He sprung the offside trap by peeling off defenders from a Matteo Brighi pass to smash the angled drive past Frison.

Gonzalo Bergessio got his 13th goal of the season and ran on to an Alejandro Gomez assist to blast across the goalkeeper.

Bianchi was making his last appearance in a Granata jersey and hit the upright, but two minutes later he turned in from close range on a Cerci assist to salute the crowd properly.

Valerio Di Cesare should’ve won it for Torino in stoppages, but nodded over the bar from point-blank range.


Torino: Coppola; Darmian, Di Cesare, Ogbonna, Rodriguez; Caceres, Basha; Vives (Brighi 46), Bakic (Gazzi 69), Jonathas (Bianchi 51), Cerci
: Frison; Izco, Bellusci, Spolli, Capuano (Augustyn 57); Biagianti, Almiron (Sciacca 49); Gomez (Petkovic 88), Castro, Barrientos; Bergessio
Ref: Peruzzo