Thursday August 8 2019
EL: Torino manita slaps Soligorsk

Torino have more than one foot in the Europa League play-offs after a 5-0 victory over Shakhtyor Soligorsk, complete with Andrea Belotti brace.

The Granata have one foot in the next round of the competition following this comfortable win at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino.

Despite still missing injured Iago Falque, Toro broke through within a couple of minutes, as Daniele Baselli chipped up a ball for Belotti’s header.

Armando Izzo turned in from a corner, then Rybak wasted the best Shakhtyor Soligorsk chance of the game with a completely mis-kicked lob.

It wasn’t Rybak’s night, as he brought down Alex Berenguer for a penalty, converted by Belotti to complete a brace.

Simone Zaza had several opportunities to add to the scoreline, including one effort that was parried on to the feet of Lorenzo De Silvestri for 4-0.

Kevin Bonifazi completed the rout late on and has practically booked a place in the Europa League play-off.

That is likely to be against Wolverhampton Wanderers, as Wolves earned a 4-0 away victory at Pyunik, with Patrick Cutrone winning a penalty for his new club.

Torino 5-0 Shakhtyor Soligorsk

Belotti 2, pen 63 (T), Izzo 15 (T), De Silvestri 71 (T), Bonifazi 76 (T)

Torino: Sirigu; Izzo (Bonifazi 46), Nkoulou (Nkoulou 85), Bremer; De Silvestri, Baselli, Meite, Ansaldi; Berenguer (Rincon 77); Zaza, Belotti

Shakhtyor Soligorsk: Klimovich; Matverichik, Rybak, Sachivko; Burko Ebong, Khadarkevich (Yanush 66), Balanovich (Khvaschinski 73), Antic; Kovalev, Bakaj (Visnakovs 77)

Ref: Stefanski (POL)

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