Torino earned a comfortable 2-0 victory in Pescara, but Vladimir Weiss was sent off for diving.
This was a relegation dogfight and only three points separated them going into the game. The Delfini missed Uros Cosic, Christian Terlizzi, Damiano Zenon and Gianluca Caprari, while Juan Fernando Quintero was still on international duty. New signing Bianchi Arce made his debut just days after completing his transfer. Toro had hitman Rolando Bianchi suspended and Angelo Ogbonna injured, but welcomed back Antonio Masiello, Alessandro Gazzi, Giuseppe Vives, Kamil Glik and Matteo Darmian from bans. Paulo Vitor Barreto made his debut after arriving from Udinese.
Pescara wore black armbands and there was a minute’s silence, as their former President Pietro Scibilia died this morning at the age of 83.
Torino took the lead after just four minutes, as Mario Alberto Santana sprung the offside trap on an Alessio Cerci cross. The Pescara defence stood and watched while they appealed for a flag that never came, allowing Santana to bundle it past the on-rushing Mattia Perin. It was an extremely close decision, but probably level.
Riccardo Meggiorini prodded wide from six yards with a deflection off Antonio Balzano, as the Pescara offside trap continued to look extremely shaky. From that corner, Danilo D’Ambrosio’s diving header skimmed the upright.
Pescara finally made an impact on the game after 26 minutes when Vladimir Weiss drilled wide from distance.
Cerci made it 2-0 when he sprung the offside trap and drew out the goalkeeper for a delicate lob.
There was chaos on the hour mark, as Jean-Francois Gillet just about managed to parry a Birkir Bjarnason tap-in off the line from a corner, then the ball ricocheted around until D’Ambrosio hoofed it clear.
Emanuel Cascione came off the bench and hit the side-netting, but Pescara’s hopes got even smaller after Weiss saw red. The former Manchester City man received two yellow cards in quick succession for simulation.
Meggiorini almost made it 3-0, but he struck the outside of the post in stoppages.
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Sent off: Weiss 81 (P)