SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 23 - 9 Feb 2014 (11.30 UK)
Torino 1 - 2
Immobile 5 (T), Cristaldo 11, 24 (B)
Stadio Olimpico

Bologna fought back from an early goal to earn a shock 2-1 victory away to Torino, their first here since December 1980.

The Granata were flying high and pushing for a potential place in the Europa League, while Bologna were hovering one point above the relegation zone. Alessandro Diamanti was sold to Guangzhou Evergrande this week, leaving the Rossoblu without their shining light, while Panagiotis Kone and Davide Moscardelli were suspended, Robert Acquafresca, Marek Cech, Michele Pazienza and Francesco Della Rocca sidelined. Jonathan Cristaldo partnered ex-Toro hero Rolando Bianchi.

It took all of five minutes for Torino to break the deadlock, as a Matteo Darmian cross was floated in from the right and Ciro Immobile got between centre-backs for a free header from seven yards. It was his seventh goal in the last seven Serie A games.

The Granata shot themselves in the foot for the equaliser moments later. Bianchi pounced on a poor Darmian backpass and forced Daniele Padelli into a desperate clearance, but it only fell to Cristaldo to tap into an empty net.

The howlers weren’t over yet, as Gianluca Curci fumbled an easy catch and was fortunate Immobile was unable to make the most of it.

Another defensive error saw Kamil Glik’s poor clearance fall to Cristaldo, who forced Padelli into a flying save.

Incredibly, Bologna turned the game around completely when Padelli spilled a Rene Krhin shot from the edge of the box and Cristaldo pounced to tap in the rebound.

It really should’ve been 2-2 on the half-hour mark, as Curci came out to horribly flap at a Cerci ball over the top and Glik turned it on to the base of the post with the goal gaping yet again.

Cerci blasted over from distance and Immobile drilled inches wide, as did Cristaldo with a well-taken low volley. In first half stoppages, Padelli beat away a long-range Lazaros Christodoulopoulos free kick round the post.

Irritated with the performance, Giampiero Ventura made two changes to his Torino side at the break. Cerci thought he had equalised five minutes into the restart, but his header from point-blank range thumped against the underside of the bar, bounced off the post and back out without crossing the line.

Curci used his feet to parry a dipping Cerci free kick in the six-yard box that flew past everyone’s heads.

Marcelo Larrondo made his comeback after fracturing his foot in September.

The Bologna goalkeeper was also alert to beat away a fierce Cerci free kick that burst through the defensive wall and the visitors gave Brazilian Ibson his debut.


Torino: Padelli; Maksimovic, Glik, Moretti; Darmian (Basha 46), Farnerud (Larrondo 63), Vives, Masiello; El Kaddouri (Kurtic 46); Cerci, Immobile
: Curci; Antonsson, Natali (Cherubin 64), Mantovani; Garics, Krhin (Sorensen 78), Perez, Christodoulopoulos, Morleo; Cristaldo, Bianchi (Ibson 88)
Ref: Irrati