SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 31 - 30 Mar 2014 (14.00 UK)
Torino 2 - 1 Cagliari
El Kaddouri 45 (T), Cerci 71 (T), Nene 77 (C)
Stadio Olimpico

Torino got back on track with Omar El Kaddouri and Alessio Cerci getting the better of Cagliari.

The Granata were effectively out of the running for Europe, but the Sardinians still needed to secure their safety. Top scorer Ciro Immobile and Emiliano Moretti sat out bans with the injured Salvatore Masiello, Paulo Barreto, Marcelo Larrondo and Giovanni Pasquale. Cagliari missed Adryan and the suspended Mauricio Pinilla.

Cagliari had won their last two Serie A trips to Torino, last season and in 2008-09, both with 1-0 scorelines.

Nene went very close after 13 minutes when he spun between two Toro players and his finish skimmed the near top corner of the net.

Sebastian Eriksson and Nene just failed to get on the end of Pisano’s ball across the face of goal as they came sliding in.

Riccardo Meggiorini was at full stretch to prod inches wide and later had penalty appeals for a coming together with Vlada Avramov. Alessio Cerci complained too with a Davide Astori sliding tackle.

Daniele Padelli also extended himself to punch Agim Ibraimi’s free kick off the head of Nene.

On the stroke of half-time Torino took the lead, as Cerci had one of his trademark runs down the right and chipped up a cross for Omar El Kaddouri’s diving header at the back post.

Meggiorini’s looping header thumped the crossbar after the restart, but the offside flag had been raised. Meggiorini threatened again, this time his snapshot palmed round the far post by a great Avramov one-handed save.

Torino should’ve been 2-0 up on the hour mark, but El Kaddouri drilled inches wide of the near post on Matteo Darmian’s counter-attack.

Daniele Conti went very close, as his free header skimmed the back stick from an Albin Ekdal cross.

Torino doubled their lead with a classic counter, as Cerci ran round the back of the Cagliari defence to take them by surprise on a Giuseppe Vives through ball and placed an angled drive across Avramov one-on-one.

Cagliari did set up a tense finale by getting one back, as Nene got enough power and swerve on to his header to ensure Padelli couldn’t keep it out even when getting a hand to it.


Torino: Padelli; Maksimovic, Glik, Bovo; Basha (Farnerud 79), Kurtic, Vives, El Kaddouri (Tachtsidis 84), Darmian; Cerci (Vesovic 91), Meggiorini
Cagliari: Avramov; Pisano, Rossettini, Astori, Avelar; Ekdal, Conti, Eriksson (Vecino 57), Cabrera (Ibarbo 46); Ibraimi (Cossu 79); Nenè
Ref: Tommasi