Edinson Cavani’s comeback was not enough, as Napoli rode their luck and gifted Torino a thoroughly deserved point.
The Partenopei needed to get back on track after defeat to Atalanta and take advantage of Juventus’ shock defeat to Inter last night to close in on the leaders. Crucially for Walter Mazzarri, Edinson Cavani returned after missing two games with a muscular problem, though Juan Camilo Zuniga was absent. This was an intriguing battle between a side that had won all its home games and another that was unbeaten on its travels.
El Matador certainly made a good comeback, as he scored within the opening seven minutes! Jean-Francois Gillet only palmed a Marek Hamsik pull-back into the path of Cavani for the tap-in from six yards.
Hamsik went for goal himself with a blast off target, but Morgan De Sanctis had his palms stung by a Rolando Bianchi free header at the near post.
Goran Pandev’s shot was charged down by Kamil Glik, but there were many mistakes from both sides in the first half.
Alessio Cerci was quite rightly booked for simulation in the box, then Cavani worked hard to get back and tackle Alessandro Sgrigna on the counter. Andrea Dossena’s cross-shot grazed the crossbar, but Torino threatened an equaliser when Sgrigna was left unmarked and slipped when firing at De Sanctis. There were also penalty appeals for an Andrea Dossena handling offence.
Alessandro Gamberini and Bianchi wrestled as a corner came in to eventually bundle it wide during a period of Granata pressure. Cerci also ballooned over from another set play, as Toro rained dead balls into the box.
Hamsik was about to secure the points on a counter-attack sparked by Insigne, but waltzed round Gillet only to hit the side-netting six minutes from time.
The Partenopei were really riding their luck, as Toro kept pushing with Cerci and Bianchi firing over from promising positions.
They did get the deserved equaliser in stoppages, as Salvatore Aronica’s awful backpass was straight into the path of Sansone, who dribbled round De Sanctis to deposit into an empty net. The goal had clearly been coming and was no more than Torino deserved.
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