Torino made short work of bottom club Benevento, but Vid Belec got himself sent off for a karate kick on M’Baye Niang.
The Granata remained unpredictable, but Andrea Belotti was at least back on the bench after his latest injury, with Lyanco and Simone Edera sidelined. All eyes were on Adem Ljajic after reports of a potential Spartak Moscow move. Benevento were still propping up the table, though their run of two straight wins was ended by a 3-0 loss to Bologna last week. Luca Antei was injured and Fabio Lucioni suspended.
It took just three minutes to break the deadlock, as Alex Berenguer was in acres of space for a cross down the left, finding Iago Falque’s glancing header.
Massimo Coda nodded a Danilo Cataldi free kick just wide, as did Lorenzo De Silvestri at the other end, but a truly bizarre incident changed the game.
Vid Belec had the ball in his hands when Niang tried to push him, a bookable offence, but the goalkeeper reacted with a completely unnecessary karate kick to the striker and had to be sent off.
Niang made the most of the ball being given away cheaply, spinning on the spot to fire in the angled drive.
After Iago Falque threatened another, blocked by Venuti, on the stroke of half-time Joel Obi saw his tap-in initially disallowed for offside, then given via VAR. Substitute goalkeeper Alberto Brignoli had performed a stunning save to deny Lorenzo De Silvestri’s header before the Obi rebound.
Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Sandro was given his Serie A debut for Benevento and Andrea Belotti made his comeback from injury.
Toro should’ve had a fourth, but Marco Benassi ballooned over one-on-one and blamed the turf for an irregular bobble.
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Sent off: Belec 33 (B)