Torino’s penalty curse continued with Omar El Kaddouri’s spot-kick saved in a 1-0 home defeat, but Verona flew into third place.
The Granata hadn’t scored in three games between Serie A and the Europa League, prompting Coach Giampiero Ventura to vent his frustration at reporters. Migjen Basha, Paulo Barreto, Antonio Nocerino and Alexander Farnerud missed out, while Verona were missing Emil Hallfredsson, Jacopo Sala and Alessandro Agostini.
Last season this fixture ended 2-2 and Verona had the first chance, a Juanito Gomez Taleb glancing header from a Lazaros Christodoulopoulos free kick that skimmed the back post.
Kamil Glik got in the way of a Panagiotis Tachtsidis strike and from that corner Juanito Gomez was again very dangerous, this time steering his header on to the upright.
Amauri nodded a Cesare Bovo cross off target, but Torino lost Marco Benassi to a shoulder injury. Long-range blockbusters from Bovo and Giuseppe Vives were just wide, as the hosts came out of their shells to dominate towards half-time.
The Granata continued to pile on the pressure after the restart, Rafael parrying from Emiliano Moretti after a give-and-go with Fabio Quagliarella.
Vangelis Moras got just enough of a touch to put Amauri’s header over the bar from four yards. Quagliarella had two great chances in 10 seconds, as first his snapshot was beaten away by Rafael, then his header into the ground bounced over.
Moments later Toni should’ve scored, but misjudged the cross and failed to make contact from a yard out.
Just as Torino seemed to have Verona under siege with a series of corners, the visitors took the lead against the run of play.
Artur Ionita held off Cristian Molinaro and hit a powerful finish at the near post, but Padelli let it squirm through his fingers. The Moldova international had just come off the bench and scored his debut Serie A goal.
Glik’s header from a corner whistled just wide, but Toni also turned a volley off target as he came sliding in at the back post.
A Marcelo Larrondo looping header went wide, but with three minutes to go Bruno Peres went down under a Rafael Marquez sliding tackle and the referee awarded a penalty. However, Torino’s terrible record from the spot continues, as Omar El Kaddouri saw both his penalty and the follow-up saved by Rafael. Larrondo’s penalty had already been parried against Inter this season.
Larrondo had the ball in the net, but only after he had been flagged offside.
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Saved penalty: El Kaddouri 89 (T)