Torino rattled the woodwork and missed a couple of sitters, so Palermo held out for a 0-0 draw on Gian Piero Gasperini’s comeback.
The Sicilians sacked Gasperini on February 4, but recalled him this week after firing Alberto Malesani, so this was his second ‘debut’ on the bench. He brought back the three-man defence, but was without Abel Hernandez, Andrea Mantovani and the suspended Salvatore Aronica. Toro had Angelo Ogbonna and Abou Diop on bans, plus Pablo Caceres, Jonathas and Mark Bakic sidelined.
Diego Fabbrini drilled wide, but Toro should’ve gone in front after 15 minutes. Alessio Cerci and Matteo Brighi rolled across only for Giuseppe Vives to balloon over the bar at the back post.
The Granata went even closer, as Rolando Bianchi unleashed a screamer from distance that smacked against the base of the post. The move continued and Vives was booked for a frankly embarrassing dive.
Jean-Francois Gillet smothered another Fabbrini effort and Mauro Boselli nodded Andrea Dossena’s cross over.
A splendid Cerci run was wasted when Bianchi got in Matteo Darmian’s way, then Bianchi’s header was off target.
Fabrizio Miccoli was thrown on to spice up Palermo and chipped over the bar, but Cerci floated a shot off target from the right side of the box. Mauro Formica burst down the right, but Miccoli shinned the volley over.
Torino lost Darmian to a muscular problem and Cerci almost scored directly from the corner flag, forcing Formica into a clearance.
Toro somehow failed to score from the next corner, as it was flicked on by a Riccardo Meggiorini header and substitute Danilo D’Ambrosio was inches away from getting the final touch at the back post. He catapulted himself into the net, but couldn’t take the ball with him.
Stefano Sorrentino was decisive in the final minutes, as Palermo repeatedly failed to clear the danger until their goalkeeper stuck out a leg to parry Meggiorini’s side-foot finish from 10 yards.
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