SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 5 - 25 Sep 2013 (19.45 UK)
Torino 2 - 2 Verona
Cerci pen 36, 50 (T), Gomez Taleb 44 (V), Jorginho pen 67 (V)
Stadio Olimpico

Hellas Verona twice fought back from Alessio Cerci goals to snatch a point at Torino.

Both sides have had a strong start to the campaign, as Toro had seven points and sat in joint sixth place, while Hellas Verona were just one behind. The Granata were still without long-term absentees Marcelo Larrondo, Alessandro Gazzi and Paulo Vitor Barreto, but Ciro Immobile was available again after a bout of flu. Verona welcomed back Luca Toni from an ankle injury, but Daniele Ragatzu, Martinho and Domenico Maietta missed out.

Verona’s record here is of just five wins, 10 draws and 18 defeats in all competition, their most recent victory being 4-1 in the 2011-12 Serie B season. However, they had scored in each of their last eight visits to Turin.

Rafael was fortunate that his horrible attempt to parry a Nicola Bellomo long-range strike saw the loose ball go into an area with no other Torino players.

Toni narrowed the angle too much on Emil Hallfredsson’s assist to beat Daniele Padelli when dribbling round the goalkeeper.

Alessio Cerci broke the deadlock from the penalty spot after Gonzalez handled in the box.

Hellas Verona equalised just before the break when Toni’s acrobatic volleyed assist allowed Juanito Gomez Taleb to tap in from point-blank range.

Straight after the restart, Gonzalez accidentally cleared on to his own upright by mistake. The defender was again involved in the chaos that allowed Torino to restore their lead, as a counter-attack was not dealt with and Cerci given the time to turn in from six yards.

The referee awarded another penalty for Guillermo Rodriguez’s shirt tug on Toni, which Jorginho coolly converted to equalise.


Torino: Padelli; Bovo, Guillermo Rodriguez; Moretti, Darmian, Basha, Bellomo, Farnerud (El Kaddouri 64), D’Ambrosio; Cerci (Brighi 83), Meggiorini (Immobile 73)
Verona: Rafael; Cacciatore, Gonzalez, Moras, Albertazzi (Cirigliano 59); Romulo, Jorginho, Hallfredsson; Jankovic, Toni, Gomez Taleb (Sala 78)
Ref: Rizzoli