Maxi Lopez bagged a brace to beat his former club and keep Torino’s slender European hopes alive.
The Granata’s European ambitions were fading fast after a 5-1 mauling at Genoa, so they had to win against a plucky Chievo side who were refusing to make it easy for anyone. Amauri and Bruno Peres were suspended with Fabio Quagliarella, Cesare Bovo and Alexander Farnerud injured, so Maxi Lopez faced his former club. Ezequiel Schelotto sat out a ban for the Flying Donkeys with Federico Mattiello and Perparim Hetemaj sidelined.
Chievo had never won here in six Serie A attempts, managing only two draws, including last season’s 4-1 defeat.
Within 30 seconds Toro could’ve gone in front, but Josef Martinez didn’t get enough contact to the glancing header.
Bostjan Cesar got a decisive deflection to turn Martinez’s effort wide, then the striker wasted a golden opportunity by hesitating and allowing the defence to close him down.
Francesco Bardi flew for a decisive save on Martinez’s volley, sent through by an Omar El Kaddouri assist.
However, from the resulting corner Toro broke through. The initial Martinez header was poor, the Chievo clearance worse, until Maxi Lopez nodded in from point-blank range against his former club.
Gaston Silva almost scored the goal of the season, as a corner was cleared to midfield and he whacked it on the volley, forcing Francesco Bardi to fingertip the ball out from under the crossbar.
Toro did double their lead through Maxi Lopez, who went on the counter from the centre-circle and placed the low drive past the on-rushing Bardi.
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