SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 29 - 18 Mar 2017 (17.00 UK)
Torino 2 - 2 Inter
Kondogbia 23 (I), Baselli 33 (T), Acquah 59 (T), Candreva 62 (I)
Stadio Olimpico

Torino held Inter to a thrilling 2-2 draw after Joe Hart alternated howlers and fingertip saves, but neither Andrea Belotti nor Mauro Icardi were on target.

The Nerazzurri were on sparkling form after 12 goals in their last two games, including a 7-1 thrashing of Atalanta that put them closer to a top three finish. Toro missed Arlind Ajeti, Joel Obi and Danilo Avelar, but opted for Juan Manuel Iturbe and Daniele Baselli rather than Iago Falque and Marco Benassi.

Inter were unbeaten away to Torino since a 2-0 result in February 1994, followed by nine wins and two draws.

Mauro Icardi had the ball in the back of the net after nine minutes, but he’d strayed offside on an Ever Banega through ball. Joe Hart was punching crossed when he could’ve gathered and was almost caught out, as Danilo D’Ambrosio volleyed wide of an open goal.

Baselli and Ivan Perisic blasted wide from distance, but Hart was uncertain again when he allowed a seemingly harmless Geoffrey Kondogbia shot to squirm under his arm for the Inter opener. Curiously, it was Kondogbia’s second goal for the club and both were against Toro.

Torino got back on level terms when Cristian Molinaro flicked on an Adem Ljajic corner for Baselli to nod in while crouching from five yards, totally unmarked.

Inter were misplacing a surprising number of passes, as the frenetic tempo seemed to be a bit much. D’Ambrosio didn’t get enough on a corner and Hart was able to smother.

Straight after the restart, Belotti ran on to a long Baselli ball and flicked it past the on-rushing Samir Handanovic, but Gary Medel was back to clear.

Handanovic was decisive when sticking out a leg to parry the deflected Belotti effort and Molinaro failed to turn in the rebound. Moments later Molinaro dribbled to the by-line and pulled across the face of goal, but nobody was there to tap in from a yard.

Inter lost Gary Medel to a hamstring problem and Torino’s pressure eventually paid off. Afriyie Acquah, who was having his first start in five months, curled a wonderful first-time right-foot shot into the far top corner from the edge of the box on Iturbe’s assist. It was the first time Inter had conceded two goals on their travels since December at Napoli.

Inter fought back immediately, as substitute Eder with his first touch curled in for Icardi, who got in front of his marker to flick, only to be denied by a flying Hart fingertip save.

However, Hart was at fault again for the equaliser, flapping aimlessly at a Cristian Ansaldi cross from the left, allowing Antonio Candreva to fire in from a tight angle.

Lucas Boye came off the bench and immediately won two tackles to see his shot charged down by a sliding Kondogbia block. Perisic drilled wide from the edge of the area, then his cross was over-hit for Icardi, but found Candreva for a misplaced diving header.

Hart seemed capable of doing only either great or terrible things in this game, as he performed another fingertip save on Eder’s scorcher to turn it over the crossbar.

It was wide open and Belotti was furious when he didn’t get a free kick on the counter for an Ansaldi nudge in the back. A Molinaro cross went past Maxi Lopez and Belotti under pressure nodded wide at the far post.

Belotti’s looping header was plucked out of the air, then Luca Rossettini got a decisive block on Perisic’s solo effort and the Croatian shinned a volley over when unmarked from 10 yards.

During six minutes of stoppages, Perisic wasted another chance when firing over at full stretch on an Eder assist.


Torino: Hart; Zappacosta, Rossettini, Moretti, Molinaro; Baselli (Maxi Lopez 84), Lukic, Acquah; Iturbe (Falque 70), Belotti, Ljajic (Boye 65)
Inter: Handanovic; D'Ambrosio, Medel (Murillo 57), Miranda, Ansaldi; Gagliardini, Kondogbia (Brozovic 76); Candreva, Banega (Eder 60), Perisic; Icardi
Ref: Banti