SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 27 - 4 Apr 2018 (17.30 UK)
Torino 4 - 1
Belotti 16, 36, 68 (T), Iago Falque 20 (T), Faraoni 90 (C)
Stadio Grande Torino

Andrea Belotti and Torino have found their confidence again, as his hat-trick sent Crotone sliding towards relegation.

This fixture was postponed from March 4 after the sudden death of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori.

The Granata saw their dismal run of four consecutive defeats come to an end with Sunday’s 4-0 victory in Cagliari, though by this stage European hopes had already evaporated. Crotone, on the other hand, were still in deep crisis and with the very real risk of relegation. Walter Zenga went into this game without suspended Marco Capuano, Rolando Mandragora and Adrian Stoian, plus injured Stefan Simic, Andrea Nalini and Ante Budimir.

Andrea Belotti’s first attempt from an Adem Ljajic corner was well parried from point-blank range, but Alex Cordaz could do nothing on the rebound.

Iago Falque added a second soon after, as the Crotone defenders kept backing off and he was able to drill home from the edge of the penalty area.

It was one-way traffic and Belotti completed his brace with relative ease, peeling away from his marker to volley in another Ljajic free kick with the inside of the boot.

Crotone were unlucky when their best chance of the game rattled the woodwork, as Simy rose above the crowd on a Daniel Pavlovic corner only to nod on to the crossbar.

Belotti completed his hat-trick when Crotone were caught in possession, so Iago Falque combined with Il Gallo for the precise angled drive into the far bottom corner.

The Calabrese club thought they’d got one back, but Mario Sampirisi was offside when flicking in a corner from a yard.

There was terrible luck for Torino debutant Buongiorno, as a few minutes after coming off the bench for his first Serie A game, he fell heavily on to his arm and had to be helped off the field.

Marco Davide Faraoni did get a consolation goal in the final minute, as Nicolas Burdisso’s fresh-air clearance let the Marco Tumminello cross through.

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Torino: Sirigu; Bonifazi, Burdisso, Moretti (Buongiorno 82); De Silvestri (Barreca 58), Rincon, Baselli (Obi 73), Ansaldi; Ljajic; Iago Falque, Belotti
: Cordaz; Pavlovic, Ajeti, Sampirisi; Faraoni, Rohden (Crociata 80), Ceccherini, Barberis, Benali; Trotta (Tumminello 71), Simy
Ref: Guida