Torino fought back twice to earn a 2-2 draw with Palermo despite Paulo Dybala’s extraordinary goal.
The Granata were in dire need of a boost after three consecutive Serie A defeats, including last week’s heart-breaking 2-1 to Juventus in the final seconds. Alessandro Gazzi was suspended with Marcelo Larrondo, Migjen Basha, Salvatore Masiello, Antonio Nocerino and Marco Benassi sidelined. The Sicilians continued to rely on Paulo Dybala’s remarkable form, though Franco Vazquez and Edgar Barreto sat out bans, so Italy Under-21 international Andrea Belotti received a rare start.
Torino Coach Giampiero Ventura was in the stands after making a threatening gesture to a fan who had insulted his team following the Derby della Mole, so assistant manager Salvatore Sullo took over.
Palermo lost Fabio Daprelà early on to injury, but took the lead in Turin. Dybala pounced on a misplaced pass in midfield and rolled across for Luca Rigoni’s emphatic finish.
Toro thought they had equalised on 26 minutes, but Fabio Quagliarella’s looping header from a corner was decisively cleared off the line by Belotti and the ex-Juve striker’s follow-up whistled wide.
The Granata did draw level with Martinez’s first Serie A goal, as he showed strength to hold off a defender with his back to goal, chest down Emiliano Moretti’s chipped pass, spin round and smash home at the near post.
Omar El Kaddouri curled over from the edge of the box, but Palermo restored their advantage against the run of play. Dybala netted his fifth goal in as many games, flicking the ball up off his heel to leave a defender behind and getting his shot in early to surprise Jean-Francois Gillet at the near post from an extremely tight angle.
Already on a yellow card, substitute Lazaar was replaced by Emerson to prevent the risk of further problems. Martinez sprung the offside trap to force a tough save out of Stefano Sorrentino, who also had to punch away a Quagliarella curler.
Quagliarella again tested Sorrentino when a Matteo Darmian pass broke kindly for him, but Martinez wasted a great chance also set up by Darmian when he hesitated and allowed Palermo to close him down.
The equaliser was in the air and arrived from captain Kamil Glik, his splendid glancing header from a corner going in off the inside of the far post.
Toro had the ball in the back of the net with an own goal on 84 minutes, but the flag was up for Darmian’s offside position in the build-up. Darmian curled not far wide from distance and El Kaddouri’s free kick was acrobatically cleared before Amauri could nod in from a couple of yards.
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