SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 38 - 28 May 2017 (19.45 UK)
Torino 5 - 3 Sassuolo
Boye 6 (T), Defrel 14, 40, pen 82 (S), Baselli 22 (T), De Silvestri 45 (T), Iago Falque 57 (T), Belotti 80 (T)
Stadio Olimpico

Torino ended the campaign with a flourish of entertainment, an eight-goal thriller with Gregoire Defrel’s hat-trick for Sassuolo.

These sides were both comfortably mid-table and the only real issue at stake was the slender chance Andrea Belotti could become Capocannoniere. Adem Ljajic sat out a ban with Davide Zappacosta and Maxi Lopez injured, while the Neroverdi missed Andrea Consigli, Cristian Dell’Orco, Alfred Duncan, Federico Ricci and Claud Adjapong.

Sassuolo were unbeaten against Toro since a 2-0 away result in January 2014, picking up two wins and three stalemates. The Neroverdi won both their last two trips to Torino, not losing here since August 2013.

It took just six minutes to break the deadlock, Lucas Boye running on to a long ball and placing the angled drive across Andrea Consigli into the far bottom corner. It was his debut Serie A goal.

Sassuolo struck on the counter to equalise, as although Joe Hart got down for a one-handed save on Sensi, he could do nothing on the Gregoire Defrel follow-up.

Daniele Baselli restored the Granata advantage, his smart through run allowing him to control and place the angled drive past Gianluca Pegolo.

Defrel equalised again, as Matteo Politano’s scuffed shot turned into an accidental assist for his teammate to anticipate Hart and prod home.

On the stroke of half-time, Torino went in front for the third time, Baselli’s through ball releasing Lorenzo De Silvestri to slide in at the far post, scoring from a narrow angle.

Sensi was unlucky not to equalise after the restart, his first attempt parried by Hart and the rebound thumping the upright from point-blank range.

Instead, Toro added a fourth moments later, when Iago Falque’s angled drive was palmed on to the post and Belotti tripped when trying to meet the rebound, but Falque finished off what he had started.

Hart kept the cushion intact with his gloves stung by a Lorenzo Pellgrini scissor-kick volley and denying Sensi, then Belotti did get his goal eventually to end a drought. He did very well to turn Paolo Cannavaro and shoot on the spin to surprise Consigli.

It still wasn’t over, as Defrel completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot after Juan Manuel Iturbe brought down Pol Lirola.


Torino: Hart; De Silvestri, Rossettini, Moretti, Barreca; Acquah (Gustafson 46), Valdifiori, Baselli (Obi 66); Iago Falque, Belotti, Boyé (Iturbe 74)
Sassuolo: Consigli; Gazzola (Lirola 71), Acerbi, Cannavaro, Peluso; Sensi, Magnanelli, Biondini (Pellegrini 66); Berardi, Defrel, Politano (Iemmello 77)
Ref: Rapuano