SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 13 - 19 Nov 2017 (14.00 UK)
Torino 1 - 1 Chievo
Hetemaj 14 (C), Baselli 33 (T)
Stadio Grande Torino

Andrea Belotti saw a late penalty saved by Stefano Sorrentino, as Torino came back only to snatch a point off Chievo.

The Granata went into the break for international duty off a draw away to Inter, so were hoping to build some momentum with Andrea Belotti returning to fully fitness after a month out with a knee injury. His confidence was hit hard by the Italy World Cup exit at the hands of Sweden this week. Only one point separated these two sides going in and the Flying Donkeys had lost two of their last three games. Dario Dainelli and Alessandro Gamberini missed the trip.

Chievo have only won this fixture once, 2-1 in February 2016, along with four draws and nine defeats in Turin between Serie A, B and the Coppa Italia.

Chievo went extremely close after six minutes, as Lucas Castro’s looping header left Salvatore Sirigu standing to hit the upright.

An Adem Ljajic free kick was deflected wide, but Chievo took the lead when a cross was flicked on to the back post and Perparim Hetemaj was simply more determined to get there before Lorenzo De Silvestri, nodding it into the other top corner. The Granata wanted VAR to intervene, but the push on De Silvestri was considered fair.

Castro went off with a sprained knee soon after and Toro started to grow into the game, as Nicolas Burdisso came sliding in to turn an Adem Ljajic free kick wide and Daniele Baselli didn’t put enough power behind his shot set up by Ljajic.

Toro did equalise when Joel Obi’s cross from the left found a towering Baselli header between two centre-backs.

It was all the Granata for the rest of the half, as Ljajic fired wide from a Iago Falque pull-back. Stefano Sorrentino flew to fingertip a Falque effort on to the crossbar, but Toro were awarded a penalty using VAR for Massimo Gobbi’s high foot on Belotti. Il Gallo has never had a great record from the spot and his penalty was parried by Sorrentino.

Ivan Radovanovic almost won it for Chievo, his scorcher shaving a coat of paint off the upright with Salvatore Sirigu beaten.

Roberto Inglese had the ball in the net, but only after the offside flag had gone up.

Radovanovic saw red late on for Chievo after a scuffle with M’Baye Niang, which was his second bookable offence.

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Torino: Sirigu; De Silvestri, Burdisso, N’Koulou, Ansaldi; Obi (Niang 66), Rincon (Valdifiori 85), Baselli; Iago Falque (Berenguer 79), Belotti, Ljajic
Chievo: Sorrentino; Cacciatore, Tomovic, Cesar, Gobbi; Castro (Bastien 28), Radovanovic, Hetemaj; Birsa (Pucciarelli 84); Meggiorini (Stepinski 75), Inglese
Ref: Banti

Saved penalty: Belotti 71 (T)

Sent off: Radovanovic 88 (C)