Torino grabbed a point at the Bentegodi and it was enough to secure their Serie A status, so both teams were celebrating.
The Flying Donkeys were already safe, but Toro still felt the chasing pack breathing down their necks going into this weekend, as they had notched up just two points from seven rounds. Paul Papp and Luciano sat out bans for the hosts, joining the injured Sergio Pellissier, Alberto Paloschi, Boukaye Drame, Bostjan Jokic and Samir Ujkani. The Granata had to do without Rolando Bianchi, Alen Stevanovic, Mario Alberto Santana and Danilo D’Ambrosio.
Cyril Thereau broke the deadlock when he sprung the offside trap and took advantage of Valerio Di Cesare’s stumble to place a precise angled drive across Jean-Francois Gillet from a tight angle.
Paulo Vitor Barreto drilled wide of the near post as Toro finally came out of their surprisingly defensive shells.
Cristian Puggioni performed a spectacular reaction save on a Di Cesare free header from a couple of yards, but the move continued and Dario Dainelli tripped Angelo Ogbonna. Alessio Cerci stepped up to convert the penalty and draw Torino level.
The Granata nearly turned the game around completely moments later, but Puggioni got a fingertip to turn Barreto’s angled drive on to the side-netting. Cerci’s left-foot strike flashed across the face of goal to skim the far post and another of his angled drives was deflected wide.
Gennaro Sardo hit a powerful half-volley from distance that tested Gillet, but Torino wanted another penalty for a clumsy tackle on Ogbonna. Bostjan Cesar’s poor first touch had allowed Ogbonna to get on the end of a corner, then the same player went into a poor sliding tackle, but the referee waved play on.
Cerci went on one of his trademark runs and Puggioni rushed off the line to smother at his feet. A Matteo Brighi volley from another corner clipped the base of the upright.
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