SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 37 - 13 May 2018 (14.00 UK)
Torino 2 - 1 Spal
Grassi 22 (S), Belotti 68 (T), De Silvestri 87 (T)
Stadio Grande Torino

Torino completed a comeback to leave SPAL in the danger zone going into the final round of the season.

The Granata were out of the running for Europe, but SPAL still had plenty to play for, as they hovered two points above the relegation zone. With Verona and Benevento already doomed, they were hoping to be the only newly-promoted side not to go straight back down to Serie B.

Francesco Vicari was suspended with Alex Meret, Marco Borriello, Manuel Lazzari, Federico Viviani and Federico Mattiello injured. Toro lost Lyanco, Kevin Bonifazi and Joel Obi.

Alfred Gomis flew to punch a Tomas Rincon curler out from under the bar, but SPAL took the lead with Alberto Grassi’s daisy-cutter from 20 metres into the near bottom corner.

Lorenzo De Silvestri had the ball in the back of the net with a header, but was clearly offside. Instead, Grassi tried to double his tally from distance, finding Salvatore Sirigu’s fingertips.

Gomis was again decisive, pushing an Andrea Belotti header off the line, then fingertipped an Alex Berenguer curler on to the crossbar.

Toro eventually got the equaliser as Jasmin Kurtic was caught in possession and Berenguer pulled back for Belotti to turn in from close range at the near post.

Suddenly, the Granata were revitalised and poured forward, as Belotti couldn’t quite get his studs to an Adem Ljajic assist when clear on goal, allowing Gomis to save, then the goalkeeper and Bartosz Salamon combined to stop Iago Falque scoring at the end of a mazy run.

Torino did turn it around when Everton Luiz was sluggishly caught in possession near the corner flag, Belotti pulled back from the by-line and De Silvestri fired in at the near post.

It was almost 3-1 moments later, as Mirco Antenucci’s cross-shot was deflected inches wide by Nicolas Burdisso.

SPAL were furious in stoppages, as they felt Dias Felipe was brought down from behind by Emiliano Moretti. The referee waved play on, but Coach Leonardo Semplici took his protests too far and was sent off.

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Torino: Sirigu; N’Koulou, Burdisso, Moretti; De Silvestri, Rincon, Baselli (Edera 85), Ansaldi (Berenguer 62); Ljajic, Iago Falque (Acquah 93); Belotti
Spal: Gomis; Cionek, Salamon, Felipe; Schiavon (Schiattarella 76), Kurtic, Everton Luiz, Grassi (Bonazzoli 89), Costa; Paloschi (Floccari 80), Antenucci
Ref: Mariani