SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 38 - 26 May 2019 (14.00 UK)
Torino 3 - 1 Lazio
Falque 51 (T), Lukic 53 (T), Immobile 66 (L), De Silvestri 80 (T)
Stadio Grande Torino

Torino finished the season in seventh place, earned their first home win over Lazio since December 2013 and gave Emiliano Moretti a good send-off.

Toro were missing Cristian Ansaldi, Vittorio Parigini and Koffi Djidji. Joaquin Correa was suspended, with Luis Alberto, Felipe Caicedo, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Adam Marusic, Thomas Strakosha, Valon Berisha, Luiz Felipe and Jordan Lukaku on the treatment table. Portugal Under-21 international Bruno Jordao got his full Serie A debut in midfield.

This was a head-to-head for seventh place and in theory the Granata could still enter the Europa League preliminary rounds if Milan are excluded for FFP violations.

A glancing Bastos header was accidentally charged down by teammate Stefan Radu, while Ola Aina’s curler was smothered by Silvio Proto.

Aina’s unorthodox challenge to stop Ciro Immobile’s counter-attack from a Toro corner was considered clean, then Salvatore Sirigu had to rush off his line to clear from Immobile following a defensive error.

Iago Falque managed to get away defenders to put a dangerous ball across the box, but Belotti and Aina couldn’t get the final touch.

Toro continued to waste counter-attacks, Francesco Acerbi getting back for a decisive block to prevent Belotti sending Iago Falque clear on goal.

The Granata did break through in unusual fashion, because Ola Aina provided the assist with an incredibly long throw-in, finding Iago Falque to volley home from seven yards.

Lazio tried to fight back, but left themselves hopelessly unbalanced and conceded a second less than 120 seconds later. Soualiho Meite skipped past a defender, send Sasa Lukic clear and Silvio Proto did the rest by hopelessly mistiming the rush off his line, leaving an empty net.

Sirigu beat away a right-foot curler from substitute Riza Durmisi and Immobile did pull one back with his first goal in over a month. He held off Nicolas Nkoulou and placed a precise snooker shot into the far bottom corner on the turn.

Acerbi’s header wide and Immobile off balance at the back post threatened equalisers, but Torino instead restored their two-goal cushion.

Proto did very well to parry Simone Zaza’s attempt from 12 yards only for Lorenzo De Silvestri to dink the rebound over the goalkeeper from a tricky angle.

There were emotional scenes in the final minutes, as Emiliano Moretti came off the bench to make the final appearance of his career, as he’ll retire this summer. He had been due to start, but asked not to, as he was too emotional.

Sirigu had his gloves stung by Immobile and Marco Parolo late on, but Proto required two saves in one move on Tomas Rincon with an Aina effort charged down in-between.

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Torino: Sirigu; Izzo (Moretti 83), N'Koulou, Bremer (Rincon 79); De Silvestri, Meite, Lukic, Aina; Falque (Zaza 69), Baselli; Belotti
Lazio: Proto; Bastos, Acerbi, Radu (Capanni 82); Romulo, Parolo, Badelj, Jordao (Durmisi 58), Lulic; Cataldi; Immobile
Ref: Abisso