SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 1 - 26 Aug 2012 (19.45 UK)
0 - 0 Torino
Stadio Artemio Franchi - Montepaschi Arena

Torino had the better of the first half, but Siena had the best chance with Gaetano D’Agostino’s free kick rattling the woodwork in this goalless draw.

This was a Week 1 potential relegation dogfight between newly-promoted Toro and a Siena side starting from -6 due to the betting scandal. That trial also ruled out Marcelo Larrondo (three months), Roberto Vitiello (four years), Claudio Terzi (three and a half years) and Nicola Belmonte (six months). Angelo, Francesco Bolzoni and Francesco Parravicini were on the treatment table. Torino’s new buy Alessio Cerci sat out a ban, but Riccardo Meggiorini and Rolando Bianchi led out the 4-2-4 system.

This was the Granata’s first Serie A game in three years and they showed great confidence, taking the initiative from the start in Tuscany.

Riccardo Meggiorini’s audacious overhead kick was off target, while Erjon Bogdani’s header wide was Siena’s first chance after 26 minutes.

Bianchi’s right-foot drive was deflected off Neto, forcing Gianluca Pegolo to parry with a strong hand, while a header from the former Manchester City man was off target.

A trademark Gaetano D’Agostino free kick curled over the wall and smacked against the crossbar with goalkeeper Jean-Francois Gillet beaten on 65 minutes.

The tension of the match got to Torino Coach Giampiero Ventura, who was agitatedly shouting at his players when he appeared to put his back out.


: Pegolo, Neto, Contini, Felipe Dal Bello (Paci 86); Mannini, Verre (Sestu 58), D'Agostino, Vergassola, Del Grosso; Calaiò, Bogdani (Valiani 46)
Torino: Gillet; Darmian, Glik, Ogbonna, Masiello; Brighi, Gazzi; Stevanovic (Santana 55), Bianchi, Meggiorini, Vives (Basha 77)
Ref: Giacomelli