SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 26 - 25 Feb 2018 (14.00 UK)
Verona 2 - 1 Torino
Valoti 12, 77 (V), Niang 48 (T)
Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi

Mattia Valoti bagged a brace as Verona surprised Torino at the Stadio Bentegodi to close up the relegation places.

Hellas were under immense pressure after sliding down to penultimate place with four defeats in their last five games. Alex Ferrari was back in the line-up, but Marcel Buchel, Alessio Cerci and Mattia Zaccagni missed out. Toro were smarting from their Derby della Mole loss to Juventus and missed Cristian Molinaro – who fractured his fibula in training this week – Simone Edera and Kevin Bonifazi.

The Granata had only won one of their previous five meetings with Verona, drawing three of them.

Moise Kean pulled back from the by-line, forcing a crucial block out of Nicolas Nkoulou, but on the resulting corner, Vukovic nodded it on for a glancing Mattia Valoti header from close range.

M’Baye Niang had a go from distance and his screamer skimmed the upright, while Andrea Belotti ballooned over from close range. Belotti caught Romulo in possession and was hauled back before he could go clear on goal, resulting in a yellow card for the Hellas winger.

Salvatore Sirigu stuck out a hand to stop the Bruno Petkovic screamer going into the near top corner, but moments later Toro got their equaliser.

Belotti sparked the counter-attack and Iago Falque rolled it across for unmarked Niang to put his foot through it.

Nkoulou impressed at both ends, firing over from close range, while Belotti’s diving header went wide, but just as Toro were piling on the pressure, Verona restored their lead.

Petkovic unleashed a snapshot that Sirigu beat away, but only as far as Valoti for his second of the game.

Torino woildn’t give in and poured forward in waves, making it a late siege on the Hellas goal. Nicolas parried the Alex Berenguer header, then on the counter Nkoulou was again decisive on Petkovic.

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Verona: Nicolas; Ferrari, Caracciolo, Vukovic, Fares; Romulo (Matos 58), Valoti, Verde (F Zuculini 66), Calvano (Fossati 76); Petkovic, Kean
Torino: Sirigu; De Silvestri, Nkoulou, Burdisso, Ansaldi; Acquah (Ljajic 70), Rincon, Obi (Baselli 78); Falque (Berenguer 83), Belotti, Niang
Ref: Massa