SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 29 - 18 Mar 2018 (14.00 UK)
Torino 1 - 2 Fiorentina
Veretout 59 (F), Belotti 86 (T), Thereau pen 94 (F)
Stadio Grande Torino

VAR was the star of the show, as Fiorentina had one penalty saved and converted another to inflict Torino’s third straight defeat.

Toro were in need of a boost after two consecutive defeats, but had to do without Cristian Molinaro, Kevin Bonifazi and Lyanco. The Viola tried to get back to some semblance of normality after the death of captain Davide Astori and an emotional win over Benevento.

VAR technology dominated the early stages of the match. After just six minutes, the referee initially awarded a penalty to Fiorentina, but after viewing the footage realised that Emiliano Moretti’s sliding tackle made no contact with either the ball or Giovanni Simeone.

Soon after, there was another incident, this time Lorenzo De Silvestri adjudged to have blocked Cristiano Biraghi’s shot with his arm. Jordan Veretout stepped up, but Salvatore Sirigu parried his weak spot-kick.

Federico Chiesa turned one of his trademark curlers just past the far post, but Veretout eventually made up for it with the opening goal, as he caught Afriyie Acquah napping in midfield, surged forward and blasted past Sirigu one-on-one.

Torino thought they’d done enough to earn a point at the 86th minute, as substitute Adem Ljajic curled a marvellous free kick into the area, finding Andrea Belotti’s acrobatic volley to finish.

However, VAR was called upon yet again in stoppages, Cristian Ansaldi using his hand to charge down a Cristiano Biraghi cross. Cyril Thereau took the responsibility and kept his cool, converting past Sirigu.

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Torino: Sirigu; De Silvestri (Barreca 54), Nkoulou, Moretti, Ansaldi; Rincon (Ljajic 74), Valdifiori, Acquah; Falque, Belotti, Berenguer (Niang 58)
Fiorentina: Sportiello; Biraghi, Vitor Hugo, Pezzella, Milenkovic; Veretout, Badelj, Benassi; Saponara (Thereau 77); Chiesa, Simeone (Falcinelli 66)
Ref: Gavillucci

Saved penalty: Veretout 14 (F)