SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 18 - 23 Dec 2017 (14.00 UK)
Spal 2 - 2 Torino
Iago Falque 1, 10 (T), Viviani 42 (S), Antenucci pen 69 (S)
Stadio Paolo Mazza

SPAL showed great resilience to come back from an early Iago Falque brace to hold Torino, but there was late drama too.

The Ferrara natives ended their five-round dry spell with a comeback to beat Benevento 2-1 last week, a potentially decisive result in the relegation battle. Toro went from the highs of flattening Lazio at the Olimpico to being comprehensively outplayed at home by Napoli, their first defeat since October 25. With Adem Ljajic and Cristian Ansaldi still injured, M’Baye Niang stepped in with Andrea Belotti and Iago Falque.

The last time these clubs crossed paths was a 4-0 Granata victory in the Coppa Italia in March 1981.

It took barely 60 seconds to break through, as Cristian Molinaro put a long ball forward for Iago Falque to shrug off Cremonesi and score with a precise angled drive.

SPAL were AWOL and gave the ball away in midfield, so when Daniele Baselli’s shot was charged down, Iago Falque was there to tap in the rebound.

The hosts eventually fought back, Salvatore Sirigu flying to palm away a Pasquale Schiattarella side-foot volley heading for the top corner.

SPAL did re-open the game with a moment of magic from Federico Viviani, curling a trademark free kick into the top corner.

Just moments later they threatened to equalise, as Manuel Lazzari’s right-foot angled drive scraped a coat of paint off the upright.

Toro lost Lyanco to a muscular problem and SPAL took control, as Mirco Antenucci hit the side-netting on a Schiattarella assist.

Lorenzo De Silvestri was adjudged via VAR to have pushed Schiattarella after a tricky Sirigu save and Mirco Antenucci fired in the resulting penalty to equalise.

Torino still could’ve won it at the death, but on a corner Belotti’s header hit the inside of the upright, bounced back across Alfred Gomis and was cleared off the line by Viviani.


Spal: Gomis; Salamon, Vicari, Cremonesi; Lazzari, Schiattarella (Mora 81), Viviani, Grassi, Mattiello; Antenucci (Borriello 86), Floccari (Paloschi 66)
Torino: Sirigu; De Silvestri, Nkoulou, Lyanco (Burdisso 48), Molinaro; Rincon, Valdifiori, Baselli (Obi 80); Falque, Belotti, Niang (Berenguer 66)
Ref: Valeri