Lecce celebrated their first Serie A home win of the season in style, thrashing Torino 4-0, with new buys Antonin Barak and Riccardo Saponara making an immediate impact.
The Salentini immediately threw deadline day signings Barak and Saponara into the starting XI, with Gabriel injured. Cristian Ansaldi and Armando Izzo sat out bans for Toro, with Simone Zaza, Cristian Ansaldi and Daniele Baselli injured.
Simone Verdi curled a free kick over the bar, but Lecce took the lead with a well-worked corner kick routine. It was taken short to the edge of the area, where Alessandro Deiola was ready to sweep it into the top corner with the inside of the right boot. This represented Deiola’s first Serie A goal.
Torino were repeatedly giving the ball away cheaply and a poor Koffi Djidji clearance was catnip for Barak, rushing in to blast into the roof of the net from 12 yards. It was the ideal Lecce debut for the midfielder who left Udinese only days ago.
To make matters worse, Verdi suddenly pulled up clutching his hamstring and had to make way for youth team striker Vincenzo Millico.
It should’ve been 3-0 on the half-hour mark, but Salvatore Sirigu showed remarkable cat-like reflexes to deny Gianluca Lapadula from point-blank range on a Saponara assist to the near post.
Moments later, Alex Berenguer fired wide after good work from Andrea Belotti, but Deiola’s header was off target from a Lecce corner.
Torino did have the ball in the net on the stroke of half-time when a free kick was touched on for Belotti and took a couple of ricochets to wrong-foot Vigorito. However, the offside flag was up, confirmed by VAR.
Bremer made a decisive interception to stop Saponara’s through ball sending Lapadula clear on goal, then Sirigu had to parry a free header after Lapadula was left completely unmarked on a corner.
There was absolutely nothing Sirigu could do on the third Lecce goal, as Filippo Falco turned and hit a right-foot rocket into the far top corner, just grazing the underside of the crossbar. It was also Saponara’s second assist of the match.
Simone Edera tested Vigorito at the base of the near post, but there was only one team playing and Bremer clattered into Falco for Lapadula to convert the penalty.
There was to be no consolation, as Alex Berenguer was offside when turning in during stoppages.
Following on from the 7-0 home defeat to Atalanta and midweek Coppa Italia exit to Milan, it looks like the end for Torino coach Walter Mazzarri.
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