Serie A Week 24 - 17 Feb 2014 (19.45 UK)
Verona 1 - 3 Torino
Toni pen 36 (V); Immobile 50 (T), Cerci 53 (T), El Kaddouri 61 (T)
Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi

Goals from Ciro Immobile, Alessio Cerci and Omar El Kaddouri gave Torino a 3-1 win over Verona at the Bentegodi.

Andrea Mandorlini gave Juanito Gomez a start after his goalscoring exploits last weekend against Juventus, whilst Giampiero Ventura could call upon Cerci, who had recovered from a slight back injury.

It was a match-up between two of the surprise packages in Italy this season, with seventh against eighth going head-to-head in a battle for a European place.

But it was the away team who got off to the brighter start, with Jasmin Kurtic striking at goal inside the first four minutes. His long-range effort though, was ushered wide by goalkeeper Rafael.

The match struggled to get going with neither side gambling enough, seemingly happy to come away with a draw. However, on 23 minutes, things sparked into life.

Vangelis Moras had the first effort, only for his header to go agonisingly wide from a corner. And the immediately at the other end Salvatore Masiello struck from inside the area for Il Toro, but the shot was deflected wide.

It was the home side however, who eventually took the lead. Cesare Bovo brought down Gomez inside the area from a corner, and Luca Toni converted from the spot sending Daniele Padelli the wrong way after 36 minutes.

After the break, and it was the Toro who took the game to the Gialloblu from the off. High pressing was the order of the day from the Coach, and it almost resulted in an equaliser, only for Cerci’s effort to be parried away by Rafael.

And it wasn’t long after that that the visitors eventually did get their goal. A pass from Matteo Darmian found Immobile, who broke the offside trap and lashed the ball past the goalkeeper from close-range.

Just three minutes later, and the turnaround was complete. A cross from El Kaddouri found Cerci, who volleyed from the edge of the area and into the back of the net on 53 minutes.

The away team were a complete different side in this half, and added to the performance by netting a third on the hour mark. A pass from Cerci found El Kaddouri, and the Moroccan forward stroked the ball home from the edge of the area.

It was enough for Torino as Verona couldn’t pull level in the remaining minutes, with both teams now on 36 points.

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Verona: Rafael; Cacciatore (Martinho 66), Marques, Moras, Agostini; Romulo, Donadel, Halfredsson (Marquinho 78); Iturbe (Sala 79), Toni, Gomez
Torino: Padelli; Bovo, Glik, Moretti; Darmian, Kurtic, Vives, El Kaddouri (Fernerud 85), Masiello; Immobile (Larondo 90), Cerci (Meggiorini 79)
Ref: Rocchi