Livorno fought back from 2-0 down to lead Torino 3-2 until Alessio Cerci’s late penalty in this spectacular encounter.
This was a relegation dogfight and the tension was sky high at the Stadio Picchi, as Livorno’s strong start to the campaign made way for four consecutive defeats. Toro weren’t faring much better with three points from the last five rounds. The Granata were without Matteo Brighi, Cesare Bovo, Marcelo Larrondo, Guillermo Rodriguez, Alexander Farnerud and the suspended Migjen Basha, but had Ciro Immobile and Omar El Kaddouri back in the starting XI.
Torino’s last Serie A defeat in Livorno was in 1933-34, although it is a fixture that rarely appeared in the top flight.
It took just four minutes for Toro to take the lead, as Alessio Cerci rolled across for Immobile to come sliding in from six yards.
Livorno seemed shell-shocked and were 2-0 down by the 8th, as Kamil Glik was allowed to get his head to a corner relatively undisturbed.
Paulinho’s header skimmed the upright, then another was palmed off the line by Daniele Padelli.
Livorno eventually pulled one back with Paulinho’s tap-in as he came sliding in on Pasquale Schiattarella’s cross from a couple of yards.
Incredibly, the Tuscans fought back from 2-0 down to 2-2 in the space of eight minutes. Leandro Greco came sliding on to a Paulinho low cross to surprise the Toro defence.
It was wide open at the Stadio Picchi and Glik soared above the crowd for a towering header, but was met with equal acrobatic prowess from Francesco Bardi.
Toro thought they had scored with Cerci, but Bardi just about managed to palm the ball out from a corner before it completely crossed the line.
The extraordinary comeback was complete on the hour mark when Emerson ran forward from midfield to unleash an absolute roxket under the bar. There was no stopping that fearsome strike.
It was still wide open, as Danilo D’Ambrosio hit the base of the upright and with four minutes to go Leandro Rinaudo used his arm to charge down Immobile’s volley. The referee opted for a penalty and Cerci blasted it into the roof of the net to equalise.
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