Udinese fought back in a five-goal thriller to end Torino’s 12-match unbeaten run.
The Granata were on stunning form, unbeaten in 12 competitive games and fresh from beating third-placed Napoli. Alvaro Gonzalez was sidelined, while the hosts missed Maurizio Domizzi and Thomas Heurtaux. Fabio Quagliarella was back in his old hunting ground against former teammate Antonio Di Natale.
Zenit Coach Andre Villas Boas was in the stands to watch his next Europa League opponents Torino.
Udinese had been in control and hoping to end their run of three consecutive defeats, but the pressure came to nothing and instead Toro scored with their first chance.
Alexander Farnerud crossed from the left for Fabio Quagliarella’s towering header between centre-backs.
However, moments later Udinese equalised with Di Natale, who hit a first-time shot low from 12 yards into the near bottom corner.
Daniele Padelli flew to palm a Molla Wague free header off the line, but from the resulting corner a combination of Panagiotis Kone and Cristian Molinaro bundled the ball in to put Udinese in front.
Quagliarella’s fierce strike stung the gloves of Orestis Karnezis, while Maxi Lopez skimmed the upright.
Quagliarella almost scored a spectacular goal before the break, but his volley smacked against the inside of the far post and ricocheted back into the grateful arms of Karnezis.
Straight after the restart, Udinese extended their lead to 3-1 thanks to Wague’s debut Serie A goal. The Mali international had already threatened to do this in the first half and his powerful header from a corner flew in.
Karnezis stuck out a foot to parry from Maxi Lopez, but Torino finally got back into it with a chaotic move. A free kick was cleared to the edge of the box for Marco Benassi’s volley, which was deflected over a helpless Karnezis by Ivan Piris. At first the referee seemed to disallow it, but after discussing with his assistants gave the goal, as any offsides were not interfering with play.
Toro poured forward to complete their comeback, Amauri’s overhead kick plucked out from under the bar by Karnezis.
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