Torino’s three-match winning streak ground to a halt against relegation-threatened Chievo, who saw Mattia Bani sent off.
The Flying Donkeys were plummeting towards the relegation zone and last week’s 2-1 defeat at Napoli, a game they had been leading until the 88th minute, only dented their confidence further. Emanuele Giaccherini sat out a ban, while Adem Ljajic shook off a knock to start in the trequartista role that has seemingly transformed Toro’s fortunes with three straight wins. M’Baye Niang and Lyanco were on the treatment table.
There was a minute’s silence before kick-off for Sauro Toma’, the last remaining member of the Grande Torino team, who died this week, having missed the Superga air disaster due to an injury.
Nicolas Andre Burdisso over-hit a back-header and risked an own goal, forcing Salvatore Sirigu to claw it off the line.
At the other end, Cristian Ansaldi burst into the box and his surprise shot bounced off the near post. Andrea Belotti ran on to a Ljajic through ball and flashed his finish across the face of goal when Iago Falque was in a much better position awaiting the assist.
Mattia Bani’s header from a corner flashed just over the bar and Torino lost Nicolas Nkoulou to a muscular problem.
Daniele Baselli’s scorcher whistled wide of the near top corner, but Chievo missed a sitter on 75 minutes. Salvatore Sirigu flapped a cross into the path of Fabrizio Cacciatore, who incredibly ballooned over an open goal from 12 yards.
Chievo ended the game with 10 men, as Bani was already on a yellow card, but his horrible studs-up tackle on Kevin Bonifazi still warranted a straight red card.
Torino pushed hard for the late winner, but Stefano Sorrentino’s gloves were stung by Adem Ljajic and Fabio Depaoli risked an own goal with his desperate clearance.
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Sent off: Bani 87 (C)