Torino had to rely on an own goal to get the better of 10-man Chievo, but the result is crucial for Europe and safety races.
This was an intersection of two huge battles, as the Flying Donkeys were desperate to avoid relegation and the Granata eager to qualify for Europe. Bostjan Cesar, Perparim Hetemaj and Nicolas Frey were suspended, while Torino missed Salvatore Masiello, Giovanni Pasquale, Alexander Farnerud, Guillermo Rodriguez and Migjen Basha.
On this day in 1949 the Grande Torino team perished in a plane crash into the Superga basilica overlooking Turin. Today Toro wore special commemorative jerseys with the message: ‘Only fate defeated them.’
Ivan Radovanovic drilled two long-range efforts off target, while Ciro Immobile’s heavy touch ruined a promising opportunity.
Omar El Kaddouri went on a rapid counter from a Chievo set play only to run out of steam and fire straight at the goalkeeper. Jasmin Kurtic horribly wasted from close range by shinning his volley over the bar on Matteo Darmian’s cross.
There was huge controversy on 32 minutes when Immobile had the ball in the net, but the referee halted play for a push on Chievo goalkeeper Michael Agazzi. Replays suggest if anyone got in the way of Agazzi, it was one of his Chievo teammates.
Moments later Toro again protested, as Dario Dainelli charged down an Alessio Cerci cross with his arm in the box, but the hand was behind his back as he was trying to pull it away.
Alberto Paloschi threatened with a chest and volley that skimmed the woodwork, while Immobile’s first touch let him down on a Cerci cushioned assist.
The hosts lost Michele Canini to a muscular problem just before the break. After the restart Toro continued to pour forward, but Agazzi flew to palm a Jasmin Kurtic strike out of the top corner.
Torino did take the lead with a moment of good fortune. Cerci’s corner found a Kurtic backheel flick at the near post, but it took a deflection off Gennaro Sardo to go in.
Sergio Pellissier was introduced to bring more of an attacking threat to the game, but he was sent off within two minutes. The referee awarded two yellow cards in quick succession, the second harsh for jumping with elbow up on Giuseppe Vives.
The hosts made precious little attempt to break down Toro, who relaxed into their lead. Instead, Riccardo Meggiorini wasted a golden opportunity to make it 2-0 when he fired straight at Agazzi on Immobile’s assist.
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Sent off: Pellissier 66 (C)