Serie A Week 22 - 3 Feb 2019 (11.30 UK)
Spal 0 - 0 Torino
Stadio Paolo Mazza

SPAL had the best chances of the game, but couldn’t break down Torino even after Nicolas N’Koulou was sent off.

Both sides were feeling confident after surprise victories last week, but Koffi Djidji missed out for the visitors, while Andrea Petagna sat out a SPAL ban.

Andrea Belotti surged forward and unleashed a snapshot from outside the box that Emiliano Viviano palmed round the base of the upright.

A Jasmin Kurtic free kick was charged down, with Mirco Antenucci smashing the half-volley just past the near top corner, then on another set play Mohamed Fares saw his header deflected inches over the bar.

SPAL stepped up the pressure as the half went on, Simone Missiroli scuffing from a promising position and Antenucci’s volley over the bar.

Armando Izzo almost repeated the goal he scored against Inter last week, his header from a free kick skimming the far post.

Fares went close again, this time with a volley that was powerful, but too central to surprise Salvatore Sirigu.

It had been a fiery encounter from the start, with two yellow cards in the opening six minutes, so it was no surprise that Torino saw Nicolas N’Koulou sent off for a second bookable offence. The defender was caught in possession by Alberto Paloschi and bundled the forward over.

Mattia Valoti should’ve given SPAL the lead on 76 minutes, but he only scuffed the half-volley over from eight yards when totally unmarked.

Manuel Lazzari’s cross-shot sailed just over the bar, giving Sirigu a few nervous moments, and Alessandro Murgia straight off the bench made a last-ditch tackle on Daniele Baselli to stop the counter.

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Spal: Viviano; Bonifazi, Cionek (Floccari 77), Felipe, Fares; Lazzari, Valoti (Murgia 79), Missiroli, Kurtic; Antenucci, Paloschi
Torino: Sirigu; Izzo, N’Koulou, Moretti; De Silvestri, Lukic (Berenguer 86), Rincon, Ansaldi (Meite 53), Aina; Belotti, Zaza (Baselli 72)
Ref: Chiffi

Sent off: N’Koulou 64 (T)