SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 21 - 26 Jan 2014 (14.00 UK)
Torino 1 - 0 Atalanta
Cerci pen 60 (T)
Stadio Olimpico

Torino got the victory, but Atalanta have every reason to be furious at the decisive penalty.

These sides have both had solid campaigns and wanted a result to go from relegation battlers to mid-table comfort. The Granata were already there with fans dreaming of European qualification, but Alessandro Gazzi was out injured. Atalanta had Andrea Consigli back after he recovered from chicken pox, but Stefano Lucchini and Giulio Migliaccio were suspended with Gianpaolo Bellini and Lionel Scaloni sidelined, but German Denis and Maxi Moralez surprisingly benched.

Alessio Cerci had the ball in the net after three minutes, but it was correctly ruled offside. Cerci went close again moments later, but just failed to get his head to the Ciro Immobile cross.

Mario Yepes acrobatically cleared a dangerous dipping Cerci cross-shot, injuring himself in the process when he landed.

Cerci’s free kick was deflected just past the near post and Yepes stood his ground to stop a very dangerous Immobile counter-attack straight after the restart.

German Denis came off the bench and immediately created Atalanta’s best opportunity, but he sprung the offside trap only to barely skim the assist that rolled across the six-yard box.

Torino were awarded a penalty moments later, but it was an awful decision. Consigli was clearly coming out and punched the ball when Cerci ran into him, but the referee considered it to be the goalkeeper’s error. Nonetheless, Cerci took the spot-kick himself to put Toro in front, much to Atalanta’s anger.

A Denis curler was going into the far top corner before Daniele Padelli got his fingertips to it.

In stoppages Brivio received a second yellow card for bringing down Yepes following a Matteo Darmian error. However, Immobile’s penalty was weak and saved by Consigli.


Torino: Padelli; Maksimovic, Glik, Moretti; Darmian, El Kaddouri (Basha 82), Vives, Farnerud (Brighi 51), Masiello; Immobile, Cerci (Meggiorini 71)
Atalanta: Consigli; Benalouane (De Luca 79), Stendardo, Yepes, Brivio; Raimondi, Carmona, Cigarini, Brivio, Bonaventura; Brienza (Maxi Moralez 68); Livaja (Denis 56)
Ref: Tagliavento

Sent off: Brivio 92 (A)

Saved penalty: Immobile 93 (T)