SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 31 - 6 Apr 2013 (19.45 UK)
2 - 2 Torino
Barreto 25 (T), Kone 65 (B), Guarente 86 (B), Bianchi 93 (T)
Stadio Renato Dall’Ara

Bologna thought they had fought back to beat Torino, but Rolando Bianchi snatched a 2-2 draw with the last kick of the game.

Both these clubs have won Scudetti, but this season were fighting just to stay in Serie A. Marco Motta was suspended with Michele Pazienza and Diego Perez injured, while Toro missed Valter Birsa, Matteo Brighi, Giuseppe Vives and the banned Guillermo Rodriguez.

Alessandro Diamanti returned from suspension and had the first shot on goal after 75 seconds smothered by Jean-Francois Gillet. One of his free kicks was deflected on to the side-netting, while at the other end Gianluca Curci blocked a Paulo Vitor Barreto strike.

Alessio Cerci went on the counter from a Bologna set piece and his angled drive was palmed round the base of the near post.

It was Toro who broke the deadlock after 25 minutes. Mario Alberto Santana unleashed a rocket from distance that took Curci by surprise, as he only parried it up into the air, so Barreto was quicker than Mikael Antonsson to get on the rebound from four yards.

Panagiotis Kone’s header was too central to trouble Gillet and there was controversy on 42 minutes. Alberto Gilardino and Angelo Ogbonna went down in a heap and the move continued with Kone chipping the goalkeeper, but the referee had already blown the whistle to award a free kick in Toro’s favour.

Moments later Torino had a goal snatched away from them in similar circumstances, as Kamil Glik had pushed to get space in the area and hoofed it into the net after the referee had stopped play. A scuffle broke out when Gilardino shoved Glik over.

Straight after the restart a cross-field Diamanti pass was nodded just wide by Lazaros Christodoulopoulos at the back post. Moments later, Saphir Taider hit a blockbuster inches over the bar.

A dangerous Diamanti cross flashed across the face of goal and none of his teammates were there to get the tap-in.

However, Riccardo Meggiorini’s snapshot took a deflection off Antonsson to loop just over the bar at the other end. From the resulting corner, Meggiorini scuffed a finish wide of the upright.

Bologna were pushing and got their equaliser when Kone attacked the space behind Ogbonna for a splendid cushioned header from six yards on a sweeping Archimede Morleo cross from the left.

Torino were sitting back a lot more to hit on the counter-attack and should’ve gone 2-1 up with eight minutes to go, but substitute Jonathas horribly scuffed his angled drive well wide from an excellent scoring position. Curci flapped at a dangerous Santana cross to take it away from three Toro players waiting in the six-yard box.

Those misses proved very costly indeed, as Bologna went in front for the first time. The ball was knocked back to the edge of the box where substitute Tiberio Guarente hit a left-foot rocket that flew past Gillet. He had only been on the pitch for three minutes.

The fans at the Dall’Ara were already celebrating the victory that would effectively secure their safety when Torino grabbed an equaliser with the last kick of the game! Danilo D’Ambrosio got away from a defender down the left and pulled back for Rolando Bianchi to fire under the bar from six yards, silencing the crowd.


: Curci; Garics, Antonsson, Cherubin, Morleo; Krhin (Guarente 83), Taider; Kone (Sorensen 88), Diamanti, Christodoulopoulos (Gabbiadini 61); Gilardino
Torino: Gillet; Darmian, Glik, Ogbonna, Masiello; Basha, Gazzi; Cerci (D’Ambrosio 70), Meggiorini (Bianchi 73), Barreto (Jonathas 78), Santana
Ref: De Marco