Ciro Immobile scored his 21st goal of the season to keep Torino in the race for sixth, sinking Udinese.
The Granata were becoming real contenders for the Europa League spots thanks mainly to Ciro Immobile, who was Capocannoniere on 20 goals going into this weekend. He partnered Alessio Cerci, but Giovanni Pasquale, Salvatore Masiello, Guillermo Rodriguez, Migjen Basha and Alexander Farnerud missed out. Udinese also had numerous problems picking a line-up, as Antonio Di Natale, Maurizio Domizzi and Ivan Kelava were sidelined.
Ciro Immobile was eager to add to his 20 Serie A goals and drilled over in the opening stages.
Omar El Kaddouri gave Torino the early lead with a solo effort, as he ran down the left flank and his strike appeared to take a slight deflection off Thomas Heurtaux, bouncing past Simone Scuffet at the near post.
Bruno Fernandes tried to test Daniele Padelli from 25 metres, while Alessio Cerci turned a free kick over the bar after one of his trademark counter-attacks was cut short by Emmanuel Badu’s foul.
Toro lost Giuseppe Vives to injury, introducing ex-Roma midfielder Panagiotis Tachtsidis. Immobile’s whipped cross from the left found an Emiliano Moretti glancing header that skimmed the far post.
The Granata wanted a penalty for a handling offence after Immobile’s shot was charged down by Heurtaux, then El Kaddouri by Badu, but it was a chaotic move and difficult to tell what had happened, let alone what was voluntary.
Toro focused on the counter-attack in the second half, but Immobile’s left-foot strike flashed across the face of goal.
Immobile did find the net for his 21st goal of the Serie A season, matching the club record. He sprung the offside trap on a Nikola Maksimovic through ball and kept his cool for a finish with the inside of the right foot.
Scuffet kept the scoreline down on Riccardo Meggiorini late on.