SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 23 - 10 Feb 2019 (14.00 UK)
Torino 1 - 0 Udinese
Aina 31 (T)
Stadio Grande Torino

Ola Aina got the winner for Torino, but Udinese had two goals disallowed, saw a penalty saved and hit the bar in 11 minutes of stoppages.

Simone Zaza and Nicolas N’Koulou were suspended, so Koffi Djidji and Emiliano Moretti completed the defence, with Alex Berenguer and Iago Falque flanking Andrea Belotti in a trident attack. Udinese were hovering in the danger zone with Bologna’s revival and moved Rodrigo De Paul to a deeper role, with Sandro, Samir, Emmanuel Badu and Antonin Barak injured.

Djidji almost got himself tied up in knots inside his own penalty area, so Ignacio Pussetto pounced and Salvatore Sirigu had to rush off his line to parry from close range.

At the other end, Juan Musso somehow managed to push an Andrea Belotti header over the bar from point-blank range on the Lukic corner.

Torino broke through when two Udinese defenders mistimed their jumps on a Cristian Ansaldi cross, allowing Ola Aina to steer in the header at the back post. It was the debut Serie A goal for the wing-back on loan with option to buy from Chelsea.

Armando Izzo’s header whistled wide and Iago Falque’s curler was deflected, while Musso got down to palm a Berenguer solo effort round the base of the near post.

Berenguer was on impressive form and Iago Falque couldn’t get enough power on to his fellow Spaniard’s assist, only prodding it straight at Musso from close range.

Stefano Okaka was incredulous when the referee waved play on, as he was about to tap in from six yards when Djidji kicked him in the heels. Eventually, after viewing it on VAR, the official realised his error and awarded the penalty. However, Sirigu performed a fantastic save to keep out the De Paul spot-kick. It means Sirigu has kept out five of his last seven Serie A penalties.

Udinese did have the ball in the back of the net on 83 minutes, but Kevin Lasagna was in an offside position.

Incredibly, the Friulani had scored again at the 89th with Okaka’s snapshot, but it took a deflection off a Toro player to sneak into the near bottom corner. Once again, VAR showed Lasagna was offside and, although he did not touch the ball, he was clearly impeding the goalkeeper’s view, so this too was disallowed.

The drama still wasn’t over, as Sebastien De Maio received his second yellow card for hacking down Belotti, yet deep into 11 minutes of stoppages, Udinese couldn’t believe they had failed to equalise.

De Paul’s shot from 12 yards beat Sirigu, Djidji’s goal-line clearance took a ricochet off his teammate’s back and bounced on to the underside of the bar!

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Torino: Sirigu; Izzo, Djidji, Moretti; Aina (De Silvestri 94), Lukic (Baselli 60), Rincon, Ansaldi; Iago Falque, Belotti, Berenguer (Meite 78)
Udinese: Musso; De Maio, Troost-Ekong, Nuytinck; Stryger-Larsen, Fofana (Ingelsson 66), Mandragora, De Paul, D’Alessandro (Teodorczyk 93); Pussetto (Lasagna 67); Okaka
Ref: Guida

Saved penalty: Sirigu 73 (U)

Sent off: De Maio 97 (U)