Serie A Week 12 - 9 Nov 2019 (14.00 UK)
Brescia 0 - 4 Torino
Belotti pens 17, 26 (T), Berenguer, 80 75 (T)
Stadio Mario Rigamonti

Fabio Grosso had the worst possible debut on the Brescia bench, losing 4-0 at home down to 10 men, as Andrea Belotti and Alex Berenguer braces ended the Torino crisis.

The Rondinelle fired Eugenio Corini after the 2-1 defeat to Verona, giving Grosso his first ever Serie A management role.

Alessandro Matri was suspended for the hosts, with Daniele Dessena, Luca Tremolada, Jhon Chancellor and Ernesto Torregrossa injured. Torino were in crisis mode, despite an improved performance in the Derby della Mole with Juventus, plus Simone Zaza, Iago Falque, Kevin Bonifazi, Daniele Baselli and Vittorio Parigini were out of action. Nicolas Nkoulou returned from suspension in defence.

Soualiho Meite drilled just wide of the upright, while Ales Mateju needed a risky sliding tackle to stop Andrea Belotti’s run in the box.

Simone Verdi’s free kick struck first Dimitri Bisoli in the wall, then ricocheted on to Andrea Cistana’s arm, so the referee opted for a penalty. Andrea Belotti put enough power behind it to beat Jesse Joronen, who had picked the right side.

Just minutes later, Belotti’s shot was charged down in the box by Mateju and the referee waved that it was his shoulder. However, after viewing it again on the VAR on-field monitor, he saw this was a more obvious handball offence than the first penalty. Belotti converted once more, this time powerful and through the middle.

It proved a doubly damaging incident, because when Mateju brought down Belotti just outside the box for his second bookable offence, leaving Brescia down to 10 men.

Grosso needed to introduce another defender, but when it became clear he’d removed Mario Balotelli to make way for Bruno Martella, the crowd voiced its clear disapproval of the new coach.

Verdi continued his astonishingly poor form by scuffing well wide from the edge of the box on a Cristian Ansaldi gift.

Brescia still managed to create their first chance of the game on 56 minutes, as Florian Aye turned his marker beautifully to sting Salvatore Sirigu’s gloves, then the goalkeeper also pushed the Spalek follow-up over.

Sirigu was again forced to keep out Dimitri Bisoli’s header, but Alfredo Donnarumma came off the bench and saw penalty appeals rejected for an Armando Izzo nudge.

Joronen parried a Belotti rising strike sent through by Ola Aina, until substitute Alex Berenguer put the seal on the victory with a precise finish into the far bottom corner on Diego Laxalt’s assist.

Belotti thought he had a hat-trick on Berenguer’s pull-back moments later, as he turned his marker beautifully, but the shot was well palmed round the near post by Joronen.

Instead, Berenguer completed his brace. Brescia were caught out on their own corner, Berenguer shrugged off Sabelli in midfield, sprinted towards goal holding off another defender and drilled low past on-rushing Joronen.

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Brescia: Joronen; Sabelli, Cistana, Magnani, Mateju; Bisoli, Tonali, Romulo; Spalek (A Donnarumma 60); Aye (Zmrhal 83), Balotelli (Martella 46)
Torino: Sirigu; Izzo, Nkoulou, Bremer; Aina, Rincon, Lukic (Laxalt 67), Meite, Ansaldi (De Silvestri 78); Verdi (Berenguer 62); Belotti
Ref: Guida

Sent off: Mateju 41 (B)