Torino arguably had the better chances at Marassi, but ultimately held out for a point against Sampdoria after Afriyie Acquah saw red.
This was something of a head-to-head for Europa League ambitions, as the Blucerchiati were in sixth place and fresh from a shock victory over Roma, but missed Dennis Praet. Andrea Belotti was still only fit for the Toro bench, so Daniele Baselli was moved into a more advanced role, as Adem Ljajic is on the transfer list.
Torino’s last victory at Marassi was 2-1 in September 2011, followed by four stalemates and two losses.
The Granata had a huge chance early on, as a poor clearance came to Iago Falque and only Nicola Murru’s desperate block managed to deflect it over the bar from 12 yards.
Sampdoria broke the deadlock, as Lucas Torreira’s free kick from 20 metres surprised Salvatore Sirigu, the goalkeeper and defensive wall not positioned correctly.
Emiliano Viviano got a hand to M’Baye Niang’s dangerous pull-back from the by-line, but could do nothing when Afriyie Acquah’s strike from distance took a massive deflection off Ferrari to draw Torino level.
The Granata nearly turned it around completely within three minutes, as Iago Falque sent Niang clear and Viviano stood tall to get a hand to the lob.
Joel Obi went off after a knock to the back and Iago Falque continued to trouble Samp down their right flank. On the stroke of half-time, Viviano misjudged a long cross and did just enough to flap it away from Niang.
Tomas Rincon’s impressive volley from the edge of the box saw Viviano get down for a tough one-handed save, while Cristian Molinaro made a decisive block to stop Quagliarella meeting Gaston Ramirez’s free kick at the back post.
Goalscorer Acquah was sent for an early shower, as he mistimed his tackle for a stamp on Gianluca Caprari, reducing Toro to 10 men for his second bookable offence. Rincon followed moments later with an injury.
Belotti came off the bench and went on a rapid counter, but went down under a slight Murru shirt tug and the referee waved play on. Il Gallo threatened again after springing the offside trap, firing over as Viviano rushed off his line.
At the 88th minute, Lorenzo De Silvestri appeared to fracture his nose in an accidental clash of heads with Quagliarella, leaving Toro down to nine men, as they had run out of substitutions. The tension got to Mazzarri, who was sent off from the touchline for dissent.
Sirigu flew to fingertip a Valerio Verre scorcher over the bar and a cross went beyond Kownacki at the far post.
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Sent off: Acquah 73 (T)