Torino hit the woodwork three times, but Udinese had a shout for a ‘phantom’ goal in stoppages.
The Friulani finally registered their first win of the campaign in all competition, beating nine-man Milan on Sunday. They were without Luis Muriel and Maurizio Domizzi for this trip to Turin, but hoped to put together a positive streak and welcomed back Andrea Lazzari from suspension. Toro ended Sampdoria’s 100 per cent record on Sunday with a draw and aimed to re-focus on attacking football at home.
Both sides rested top players such as Antonio Di Natale and Rolando Bianchi for this midweek round. Jean-Francois Gillet smothered an early Lazzari attempt, while Mehdi Benatia and Stevanovic couldn’t get their efforts on target.
Gillet rather clumsily clattered into teammate Mattia Darmian, then punched the follow-up cross away from danger.
There was a fantastic scoring opportunity on the half-hour, as Basha suddenly thumped a half-volley from distance that flew over Zeljko Brkic to smack against the bar.
Torino hit the woodwork again after the restart, this time Gianluca Sansone’s looping finish was fingertipped on to the frame of the goal.
The Granata were terribly unlucky, as on 79 minutes they hit the woodwork for the third time! Mario Alberto Santana’s low free kick beat Brkic to clip the base of the post.
There was controversy in the final minutes, as Gillet smothered a Benatia flick from a corner when his feet were behind the line. It’s not entirely clear whether the ball entirely crossed over.
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