SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 23 - 8 Feb 2020 (17.00 UK)
Torino 1 - 3 Sampdoria
Verdi 55 (T), Ramirez 70, 76 (S), Quagliarella pen 79 (S)
Stadio Grande Torino

Torino made their debut under new coach Moreno Longo, but had the same old problems, collapsing late on for a 3-1 home defeat to Sampdoria.

Longo took over this week after Walter Mazzarri parted company with the club by mutual consent. A boost was sorely needed after four consecutive defeats in all competition, including 7-0 and 4-0 results. Simone Zaza and Daniele Baselli were injured, but Longo moved to a 3-4-3 formation, with Simone Verdi and Alex Berenguer in far wider roles to before. Samp made the trip without Fabio Depaoli and Alex Ferrari.

Lorenzo Tonelli made a decisive block on Andrea Belotti’s volley, then Nicola Murru crucially got his head to a cross before Lorenzo De Silvestri at the back post.

Nicolas Nkoulou charged down a long-range Gaston Ramirez strike, while Alex Berenguer’s header was too soft to beat Emil Audero.

Ramirez forced the first genuine save on 35 minutes, a powerful effort beaten away by Salvatore Sirigu after good work from Fabio Quagliarella.

Manolo Gabbiadini’s curler was charged down straight after the restart, then Ramirez was sent through by an inspired Quagliarella pass, but Nkoulou did just about enough to put him off, scuffing the shot so Sirigu could parry.

The deadlock was finally broken by Torino and Verdi’s first goal in the Granata jersey. Omar Colley completely missed the ball, allowing Berenguer’s pass through, then Verdi only scuffed it just enough to spin beyond Emil Audero and into the far bottom corner.

However, Sampdoria equalised with a magnificent Gaston Ramirez free kick, curled up and over the wall to dip at the right moment into the near top corner, despite being right on the edge of the box.

Suddenly, Torino completely and utterly collapsed, as they have already done several times this season. In the space of nine minutes, they went from 1-0 up to 3-1 down.

First Quagliarella chested down a throw-in for Gaston Ramirez to fire on the half-volley for his career first brace, then Quagliarella was pulled back by the shoulder as he tried to shoot clear on goal, leading to an Armando Izzo red card and penalty. The veteran converted it himself, blasting into the roof of the net.

Torino fell to a fifth consecutive defeat in all competition, losing five of their last seven at home.

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Torino: Sirigu; Izzo, Nkoulou, Lyanco; De Silvestri, Lukic, Rincon, Aina (Ansaldi 75); Verdi (Meite 82), Belotti, Berenguer
Sampdoria: Audero; Bereszynski, Tonelli, Colley, Murru; Thorsby (Jankto 68), Ekdal, Linetty; Ramirez (Bertolacci 86); Gabbiadini, Quagliarella (La Gumina 90)
Ref: Valeri

Sent off: Izzo 77 (T)