SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 19 - 30 Dec 2017 (14.00 UK)
Torino 0 - 0 Genoa
Stadio Grande Torino

Mattia Perin single-handedly kept Genoa in the game to earn a point, as Torino failed to convert any of their numerous chances.

The Granata came into the final game of 2017 with just two wins in 13 Serie A rounds, as a collection of stalemates were only piling more pressure on Coach Sinisa Mihajlovic. To make matters worse, he lost hitman Andrea Belotti to a knee injury, even if it was nowhere near as serious as first feared, joining Adem Ljajic, Cristian Ansaldi, Simone Edera, Antonio Barreca, Lyanco and suspended Daniele Baselli in the stands. Genoa were finding their form under new tactician Davide Ballardini, losing only one of the last five games, with left-back Francesco Migliore the only absentee.

Genoa had lost only one of their previous five meetings with Torino, home and away, winning three and drawing a thriller 3-3 here in October 2015. However, the most recent Grifone victory in Turin was 3-2 in May 2009, followed by two stalemates and three losses.

M’Baye Niang had a new centre-forward role in the circumstances and blasted just over the bar, then set up Alex Berenguer to force a Mattia Perin save. Nicolas N’Koulou then saw his header skim the far post from Iago Falque’s set play.

Genoa finally emerged from their shell after 28 minutes, as Goran Pandev pounced on a poor clearance to test Salvatore Sirigu.

Perin was again called into a sensational fingertip save on Berenguer’s curler, slapping it out of the far top corner, then denied Niang a cheeky back-heel flick goal.

Giuseppe Rossi came on for his Serie A return, having already appeared for Genoa in the Coppa Italia.

Niang anticipated on-rushing Perin and flicked it over the ‘keeper, but Armando Izzo got back for the clearance in front of an open goal.

Perin was decisive again, getting down for a one-handed save that deflected Niang’s angled drive across the face of goal to skim the far post.


Torino: Sirigu; De Silvestri, N’Koulou, Burdisso, Molinaro; Rincon, Valdifiori (Gustafson 63), Obi; Iago Falque, Niang, Berenguer (Boye 77)
Genoa: Perin; Izzo, Spolli, Zukanovic; Rosi (Biraschi 56), L Rigoni, Veloso (Lapadula 58), Bertolacci, Laxalt; Taarabt (Rossi 69), Pandev
Ref: Irrati