SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 3 - 2 Sep 2018 (19.30 UK)
Torino 1 - 0 Spal
N’Koulou 54 (T)
Stadio Grande Torino

Torino celebrated their first win of the season and ended SPAL’s perfect start, but the game was suspended for an hour due to a waterlogged pitch.

The visitors surprisingly had a 100 per cent record after two rounds and were yet to concede a goal, beating Bologna and Parma 1-0. The Granata’s results weren’t as impressive as their performances, losing at the last minute to Roma and fighting back from 2-0 down to draw with Inter. Lyanco and Cristian Ansaldi were out injured, while M’Baye Niang and Adem Ljajic were sold this week.

Andrea Belotti twice tested Alfred Gomis in the opening minutes under driving rain, but the referee had to postpone the game for an hour from the 18th minute, as there were large puddles forming all over the pitch.

Eventually, the teams came back out and completed the match. SPAL came out fighting, as Jasmin Kurtic nodded just off target from a deflected Manuel Lazzari cross.

After the half-time break, Iago Falque whipped in a cross for Belotti’s volley, forcing Gomis into another reaction save, while SPAL lost Pasquale Schiattarella to injury.

Toro found a way through, Roberto Soriano’s corner finding defender Nicolas N’Koulou for a towering header.

SPAL fought back, Mohamed Fares’ ball flashing across the face of goal with Kurtic just inches away from making contact. Gomis denied Iago Falque from distance and Simone Zaza made his debut for Torino after a transfer deadline day move from Valencia.

Kurtic remained the most dangerous SPAL player and his free kick from a huge distance was met by Salvatore Sirigu’s flying save. Ola Aina limped off with a muscular issue and Zaza nearly scored on his debut, scuffing a loose ball into the arms of Gomis.

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Torino: Sirigu; Izzo, N'Koulou, Moretti; De Silvestri, Soriano (Baselli 63), Rincon, Meité, Aina (Berenguer 86); Iago Falque (Zaza 70), Belotti
Spal: Gomis; Cionek (Paloschi 77), Vicari, Felipe (Djourou 46); Lazzari, Missiroli, Schiattarella (Valdifiori 53), Kurtic, Fares; Antenucci, Petagna
Ref: Pasqua