SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 13 - 24 Nov 2013 (14.00 UK)
Torino 4 - 1 Catania
Immobile 10 (T), El Kaddouri 34, 61 (T), Leto 50 (C), Moretti 59 (T)
Stadio Olimpico

Omar El Kaddouri bagged a brace, but Catania had some defensive disasters in their 4-1 defeat to Torino.

The Elefantini earned a win over Udinese, but were still locked in the relegation zone, albeit only three points behind Toro. Marcelo Larrondo and Guillermo Rodriguez were still unavailable for the Granata, while Catania missed Giuseppe Bellusci, Gonzalo Bergessio and Mariano Izco.

Kick-off was delayed by a few minutes while repairs were completed on one of the goals.

Catania had never won away to Torino in the top flight and in the opening minute Ciro Immobile shrugged off two defenders to force a save from Mariano Andujar.

Moments later the Granata went even closer, as a corner was not dealt with and Immobile’s header thumped the post, then Emiliano Moretti fired the follow-up over.

The third time was the charm for Immobile, who eventually opened the scoring when pouncing on a terrible Nicola Legrottaglie howler. The veteran defender was caught in possession and allowed a free path to the goal.

Tiberio Guarente tried to fight back straight away, his shot flashing across the face of goal, while Gyomber’s chest and volley skimmed the upright.

Immobile really should’ve made it 2-0 on 33 minutes when he sprung the offside trap on an Omar El Kaddouri through ball and went round the goalkeeper, but narrowed the angle too much and could only hit the post.

Moments later, Toro got their second anyway, as El Kaddouri followed the forward move to tap in a wayward Gyomber clearance.

Catania were playing so badly that Coach Gigi De Canio made a double substitution before half-time, removing Castro and Guarente.

The visitors were far more aggressive after the restart and got back into the game when Sebastian Leto’s effort took a deflection to loop over the helpless Daniele Padelli.

However, Toro restored their two-goal cushion when Emiliano Moretti was allowed a free header from an Alessio Cerci corner, which went in off the far post.

Catania lost their heads and the Granata took control. Immobile got away from defenders to force a save at the near stick and El Kaddouri tapped in the rebound.

It still wasn’t over, as Padelli denied Maxi Lopez a consolation goal with his angled drive.


Torino: Padelli; Darmian, Bovo, Moretti, D’Ambrosio; Basha, Vives, Farnerud; Cerci, Immobile (Meggiorini 81), El Kaddouri (Glik 65)
Catania: Andujar; Alvarez, Legrottaglie, Gyomber, Capuano; Plasil, Tachtsidis (Freire 83), Guarente (Leto 36); Castro (Barrientos 36), Maxi Lopez, Keko
Ref: Tommasi