SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 33 - 13 Apr 2014 (14.00 UK)
Torino 2 - 1 Genoa
Gilardino 86 (G), Immobile 91 (T), Cerci 92 (T)
Stadio Olimpico

Ciro Immobile and Alessio Cerci scored in stoppages for a stunning Torino 2-1 win over Genoa.

This was a mid-table tussle between teams who secured safety early, though the Granata still harboured some hopes of European qualification. The hosts were without Marcelo Larrondo, Alexander Farnerud, Salvatore Masiello, Jasmin Kurtic and Giovanni Pasquale, while Mattia Darmian was suspended. Genoa missed Francelino Matuzalem, Juraj Kucka, Sime Vrsaljko and Centurion, plus the banned Giuseppe Sculli, but rested Alberto Gilardino.

Torino’s last Serie A home victory over Genoa was in September 1993, when Andrea Silenzi bagged a brace in the 2-0 result.

Marco Motta had the first chance after three minutes, his fierce strike palmed out from under the bar by Daniele Padelli.

Migjen Basha fired straight at Mattia Perin, who also beat away an Alessio Cerci angled drive. Giuseppe Vives horribly scuffed his shot wide from a Ciro Immobile assist, followed by wayward attempts for Yoannis Fetfatzidis and Andrea Bertolacci.

Kamil Glik was about to score a spectacular own goal with his backwards header, but Padelli scrambled back and leapt to flap it off the line.

Alberto Gilardino came off the bench and broke the deadlock in this disappointing game. He got to the back post to meet a Stefano Sturaro cross, deflecting it in off his thigh.

Genoa thought they had won it, but in stoppages Immobile equalised with a splendid finish, curling his right-foot shot into the far top corner.

Incredibly, just 30 seconds later Torino turned the game around competely to win 2-1. Cerci curled a sensational strike from the same position as Immobile’s goal, but with his left foot in off the inside of the far post. It was the last kick of the game.


Torino: Padelli; Bovo, Glik, Moretti; Maksimovic, Basha (Gazzi 57), Vives (Meggiorini 88), El Kaddouri, Vesovic (Barreto 90); Cerci, Immobile
Genoa: Perin; Burdisso, De Maio, Marchese; Motta (Antonini 69), Sturaro, Bertolacci, De Ceglie (Gilardino 74), Antonelli; CalaiĆ², Feftatzidis (Konate 61)
Ref: Mariani