Palermo wasted far too many scoring opportunities in their disappointing home stalemate with Torino.
The Rosanero have had ups and downs since Gian Piero Gasperini came in for Giuseppe Sannino, but they lost Abel Hernandez until March after he damaged knee ligaments on international duty. Andrea Mantovani and Milan Milanovic are also unavailable, while Fabrizio Miccoli was nursing a knock, giving Paulo Dybala his first Serie A start.
Torino suffered a shock home defeat to Cagliari before the break and were still smarting. Mattia Darmian sat out a ban, while Mario Alberto Santana and Angelo Ogbonna were on the treatment table.
Toro’s last Serie A win here was in September 1962 and Massimo Donati surged forwards from his centre-back role to test the goalkeeper, while Jean-Francois Gillet fingertipped a Jasmin Kurtic screamer round the post.
Riccardo Meggiorini was cut off by Steve Von Bergen as he was pulling the trigger, but Kurtic threatened again and forced Gillet into a flying save to deny the long-range strike.
Palermo had a strong period of play towards the end of the first half with several chances, including an Ezequiel Munoz header plucked out from under the bar and a long-range Edgar Barreto snapshot palmed out of the top corner.
Josip Ilicic had a strike from distance that again forced Gillet into a tricky save, as Toro were increasingly under siege.
Torino, playing all in blue, had a great chance on the counter just before half-time. Gazzi and Meggiorini combined to send Rolando Bianchi through, but the goalkeeper came tearing off his line to close him down.
Garcia dived on to the feet of Alessio Cerci to charge down a shot from six yards with the goalkeeper beaten.
Fabrizio Miccoli came off the bench to fire up Palermo and they did threaten with Barreto firing Franco Brienza’s assist just past the post.
Ilicic really should’ve scored with eight minutes left on the clock! Miccoli threaded through and the Slovenian had to shoot with his weaker right foot, turning it inexplicably wide with only the goalkeeper to beat.
Kurtic hit an effort straight at the goalkeeper and the rebound over the bar, then Ilicic again missed the target as Palermo wasted so many chances to win late on.
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