SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 17 - 22 Dec 2013 (14.00 UK)
Torino 4 - 1 Chievo
Thereau 9 (C), Immobile 45, 65 (T), Vives 80 (T), Cerci 93 (T)
Stadio Olimpico

Torino fought back from a goal down to punish Chievo 4-1, including a Ciro Immobile brace.

The Granata were unbeaten in four, including three victories, and hoped for another success to continue their climb up the standings. Chievo lost their first game under Eugenio Corini last week, following three wins on the bounce. Bostjan Cesar and Alexander Farnerud were suspended with Omar El Kaddouri, Cesare Bovo and Marcelo Larrondo injured.

Chievo took a surprise lead after nine minutes when Gennaro Sardo got away from Giovanni Pasquale down the right and pulled across the face of goal for Cyril Thereau to fire home.

Toro tried to fight back and Ciro Immobile sprung the offside trap to go clear on goal from Migjen Basha’s pass only to balloon over the bar.

The Granata threatened from a free kick when Immobile was at full stretch to volley from six yards, but Christian Puggioni bravely blocked it and prevented the Mattia Darmian follow-up.

Chievo almost scored a second when Matteo Brighi’s misplaced backpass was intercepted by Alberto Paloschi, who surged forward from midfield and forced Daniele Padelli to parry at the near post with an outstretched foot.

Torino equalised on the stroke of half-time, as Dario Dainelli’s terrible pass was intercepted by Alessio Cerci, who sent Immobile through to score.

The Granata turned it all around with a sensational Immobile strike. He dispossessed a defender and picked his spot, curling a powerful strike across the goalkeeper in at the far corner to complete his brace.

Chievo fell apart and Toro took full advantage, as Cerci went on the counter from a misplaced Thereau pass and set up Giuseppe Vives to tap in.

Cerci was the assist man, but added his own goal to the scoresheet in stoppages. Chievo gave the ball away again and Boukary Drame’s attempted interception was shocking, so Cerci put a snooker shot into the far bottom corner.


Torino: Padelli; Maksimovic, Glik, Moretti (Rodriguez 79); Darmian, Brighi, Vives, Basha, Pasquale; Cerci, Immobile (Meggiorini 91)
Chievo: Puggioni; Frey, Papp, Dainelli, Drame; Sardo (Lazarevic 69), Bentivoglio, Rigoni (Sestu 77), Hetemaj, Drame’; Thereau, Paloschi (Ardemagni 84)
Ref: De Marco